Margaret's film is one of hope. Like many others, she has experienced fears and dark times in her life, when newborn family members were struggling for survival and when parents fell ill. She has translated her very relatable experiences into a meditation on how there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and … Continue reading A digital story by Margaret McClure
We're delighted to bring you the first film by our Middlesbrough cohort, a beautiful meditation on time and creativity by textile artist Joyce Skinn. These last three months of Celebrating Change would usually be when we work intensively with our participants to help them bring together footage and writing into a coherent digital self-expression. The … Continue reading A digital story by Joyce Skinn
Celebrating Change grew in part out of a love for film-poetry. Although not everyone who takes part in the project ends up using a poem as the basis for their digital story, there is still something essentially poetic about putting pictures to words. We ask our film-makers to explore what happens when the pictures don't … Continue reading Impermanence by Kirsten Luckins
The final digital story from lats year's Celebrating Change is this from Tracy - and just in the nick of time, as we can now reveal that Arts Council England is supporting us for a second year! Watch this space for more details of taster sessions leading up to our project start date on Thursday … Continue reading A filmpoem by Tracy
Here's a digital story that's a lot of fun. Sandra took the shape of Rudyard Kipling's most famous poem "If", and made it into her own story. We hope you enjoy her ingenuity!
In this filmpoem using archive footage, Sandra reflects on how life has changed for girls. She uses life experiences from her mother, herself, and her granddaughter to talk about how expectations and opportunities have changed for women. So this seemed the perfect digital story to share with you on International Women's Day!
I had great fun helping Lynne with this digital story, I just wish I had been using Sharpies for a darker line! Lynne read her poem to me slowly, explaining some of the images, while I doodled whatever pictures came into my head. She filmed me as I drew, using the timelapse function on the … Continue reading Nine Things That Are Precious To Me by Lynne
Today we hear from Lasha, who has twice sought asylum in the UK, and who has noticed changes to Middlesbrough. Changes worth celebrating!
As poetry-lovers mourn the passing of the wonderful Mary Oliver, we'd like to bring you this piece of memoir by Joyce. Like Mary Oliver, Joyce finds solace and a spiritual connection in nature. Although the fields and wild places of her childhood may be changed, some remain preserved, and all are celebrated. Have a peaceful … Continue reading A digital story by Joyce Skinner
Here's a simple photo-montage film using the Ken Burns effect, from our workshop participant Gwen. We love her story about how the loss of her beloved dog led to an unexpected influx of garden visitors... Remember, we'd love to feature poems, stories, memoirs and films by anyone who would like to celebrate the changes in … Continue reading A digital story by Gwen
A fitting poem for this strange part of the year, Jo gives us lyrical and atmospheric images of journeying through the cold... For more writing by Jo, check out her blog.
The second digital story we'd like to share is by Fran Edwards, a regular member of our Celebrating Change monthly workshops in 2018. Some of her poetry and prose work has already appeared in earlier blog posts. You'll see Fran has used vintage footage of the Cannon Street area of Middlesbrough, captured by filmmaker Derek … Continue reading Jesus Saves by Fran Edwards