The third year of Celebrating Change has come to an end, and we have gathered to appreciate the wonderful digital stories made by our participants. They've come through a twelve month period of incredible uncertainty and stress, but have still made time to think, write, and film about their lives. Please take a moment to … Continue reading Shapes by Jamie Sample
In this session, Kirsten guides you to think about the shape of your life path, and gives you three ways of writing that might help you create an overview. Using 'anaphora' poems by Sara Dennis and Amir Darwish, and an extract from Michelle Obama, you should end up with a summary or prologue piece that … Continue reading 2021 writing creative memoir #1 – your wibbly, wobbly life path
Our final digital story from Celebrating Change #2 is from Dawn, who has put together an incredibly beautiful and ambitious stop-motion film featuring the drawings and textile skills that make up her own personal practice. Following the thread of her own life, her mother's struggles and her own experience of motherhood, she takes the image … Continue reading Life Lines by Dawn Foster
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
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