Celebrating Small Things by Joyce Skinn

We're so proud of the workshop participants from this second year of Celebrating Change - although we only ask them to complete one digital story, they are now flying ahead with the skills they've learned, and are making more and more films! Here's Joyce Skinn, back with another beautifully lyrical piece about celebrating small joys.

A digital story by Margaret McClure

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

Our Heather by Sandra Falconer

Some of you may have read Sandra's verses kept as a Lockdown diary, which we featured earlier this summer. Sandra is a member of our monthly workshop group in Teesside, and she has put together this very moving tribute to a much-missed daughter. Thank you for watching this, it was created from love and faith.

Together, we create magic!

On Monday 13th May we will hold our second free 'digital storytelling' taster session, 1.30pm at Middlesbrough Central Library. Even if you are completely new to writing, orĀ  using iPads to make films, we can help you contribute to a simple group filmpoem - like this one, created in just 90 minutes by participants at … Continue reading Together, we create magic!

Impermanence by Kirsten Luckins

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

A filmpoem by Tracy

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

A poetry film by Sandra Falconer

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!

Nine Things That Are Precious To Me by Lynne

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

A digital story by Joyce Skinner

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

The Sole Meaning Of Life by Kudzai

Happy New Year everyone! I know lots of you will be thinking about positive changes you'd like to make, perhaps for the sake of your own health and happiness, perhaps for the sake of something bigger than yourself, like the environment. I thought it would be a good idea to have an uplifting digital story … Continue reading The Sole Meaning Of Life by Kudzai