During our year of workshops in Middlesbrough, Jan has been a staunch participant with many interesting memories of her working life in the heyday of industrial Teesside. Never one to sit easy with the more poetic side of our writing exercises, Jan elected to film an interview for her digital story and tell us how … Continue reading Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward
Today we're bringing you three short digital stories by Ally O'Neill, one of our workshop participants who has been learning how to combine her writing with filming and editing skills. She is deeply motivated by her love of Nature, and feels it is her mission to show people how connection with the earth can be … Continue reading Ally’s Digital Stories
Grace is a very special member of our Middlesbrough workshop group. The film she's made will give you an insight into her life, and what she needs to secure a hopeful future. We're also delighted to bring you a poem by Grace, about her Grandma Edith who taught her how to bake. The Wedding Ring … Continue reading A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson
Resolution One: Make small but MIGHTY changes Unless you’ve been living in a plastic bubble over the past few years, you will know the serious impact that plastic and waste has on our planet. We’ve seen the documentary footage of sea birds regurgitating plastic to feed their chicks and beached whales with stomachs full of … Continue reading Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter – by Scarlet Pink
“Tis the season to be jolly” someone wrote over a hundred years ago in a carol, so it must be true, right? The soundtrack of our festive ‘experience’ reminds us repeatedly that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, where everybody’s having fun. Mariah’s high-pitched warbling and Slade’s manic “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” sums up … Continue reading It’s OK Not To Be OK – An Alternative Christmas Story by Scarlet Pink
From beer gardens to alleyways, public parks to community spaces; if it’s home to a few potted plants and some shrubbery, then nowadays pretty much anywhere can be a ‘secret garden.’ Most ‘secret’ gardens, are not actually meant to be secret, or they wouldn’t attract swarms of visitors. What’s the point of a beautiful garden, … Continue reading Middlesbrough’s Best Kept Secret – Nature’s World by Scarlet Pink
This week we're happy to share two pieces by Middlesbrough performance poet Chris Stewart. Chris describes himself as "a background extra in a Harvey Weinstein movie because it is literally true. He is snoze af - so woke he had to hit snooze. He's been in loads of magazines and things you wouldn't have heard of. … Continue reading Two poems by Chris Stewart
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, or 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!
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!
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