Unlocking potential with the love of words

I had the opportunity to attend a rather special event, on behalf of the Wells Festival of Literature.   This was an annual celebration for children’s literacy charity Beanstalk held at the House of Commons. Beanstalk recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one reading support in primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading. The consequences of the literacy gap in children and young people is significant, including an estimated  cost Read more [...]

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra’s descent into the madness of Symphonie Fantastique – review

I went for Ravel (and it met all expectations), but it's Berlioz's insane Symphonie Fantastique that has blown me away.  This piece is a descent into hopeless and insane unrequited love ending with not only the composer's imagined death, but his afterlife in hell surrounded by hideous witches - representing the object of his desire presumably or desire itself. It was part written when the composer was on drugs which might explain a lot. You have to see an Orchestra play this live to really Read more [...]

Breaking into the Creative Industry – with a helping hand

Get Creative Careers aims to help young people access the creative industries via insider knowledge and video. Rob Jones  - who is the driving force behind Get Creative Careers -  worked with me during Shepton Digital Arts Festivals.  Shepton Digi Fest also aimed to create links and opportunities between new talent and the Creative Industries. Rob has created a number of short films with creative industry people, including Aardman Animations. I was asked to talk about marketing – Read more [...]