Join us this Thursday at Embrace Arts, Leicester for The Final Stage – a project that’s been supporting mid-career talented East Midlands writers through writing masterclasses with and mentoring by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and career support and mentoring through producers renaissance one. In the last three years we’ve hosted six live shows and salon conversations open to artists and the general public alike and this will be the last event before the project formally ends.
The ten writers involved in the project – many of whom knew each other before it started – but through quality time together have been able to foster bonds and links in and out of the project – have produced so much over the last 12 months. It’s not only a testament to their work and craft, it also demonstrates that the East Midlands literature scene is going places, and is stronger in numbers, through being mentored together.
The writers you will see on Thursday will include:
Michelle ‘Mother’ Hubbard a stalwart and co-pioneer of Nottingham’s Blackdrop spoken word and family event for many years, who works during the week to support teenagers and young creatives; Joe Coghlan, a writer and artist who has been developing and igniting in Derby HelloHubmarine and Derby Writer’s Hub at the Silk Mill. Joe’s also programming events for Derby’s 2015 literature festival; Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood who was one of the original writers in the groundbreaking 2007 Freedom Showcase – one of the first writing showcases that brought together writers in Derby, Nottingham and Leicester – and this year was acting in Pulse, at Derby Theatre, a new play charting several characters in a fictitious Derby hospital as they go through life, death, and funny turns; Panya Banjoko who has been turning her skills to a weekly radio show for BBC Nottingham, heritage commissions and writing projects, Nottingham’s Black Archive, and readings and performances; Michael Brome aka Sureshot who this year ran workshops on speech making with renaissance one and Ideas Tap, developed creativity workshops for inmates at HMP Leicester and performed a rabble-rousing speech at a festival dedicated to all things Caribbean; Mulletproof Poet who teaches poetry at the University of Nottingham and whose first full collection, Light At The End Of The Tenner, was published by Burning Eye Books, followed by an extensive tour and many commissions including Dawn of the Unread and Mental Health Week. Aly Stoneman who reads both solo and as part of the duo Milk, runs writing workshops and sessions on the lost art of book making and is writing a new chapter for Dawn of the Unread, Ms Hood, to be published next month (8 December).
It’s almost enough to make your head hurt (smile), for us it’s great achievements and a fantastic range of voices. The project is in good hands with support by Writing East Midlands, Embrace Arts and Nottingham Playhouse and has been supported financially by Arts Council England.
There are a few places still available so book a ticket while you can at the link here or visit our FB event . The event will include a panel discussion so do bring questions and comments and I look forward to seeing you there.