Writer in Residence required.

ArtfulScribe and Southampton Libraries are recruiting for a Writer in Residence to work with libraries, staff and visitors in 2017/18 as part of the SO:Write project. It’s envisaged the successful candidate will deliver workshops that interact with current library initiatives, such as Summer Reading Challenge https://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/summer-reading-challenge-2017-theme-revealed.html and be willing to creatively engage with libraries to produce new work reflective of the residency.

As well as being a talented writer, the Writer in Residence will be a confident speaker and advocate for the pleasures of reading and writing.

An honorarium of £5000 accompanies the position, based on a commitment of one day per week over a twelve-month period. A publication of the residency’s written output is also included.

This is an excellent portfolio opportunity for a writer to raise their public profile and gain valuable experience working in an environment that supports a diverse community.

Applicants are requested to submit a C.V. of relevant experience along with a statement of approx. 200 words detailing what they can bring to and gain from the experience. For further information and to apply, please email matt@artfulscribe.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 24th March 2017 at 5pm.

SO:Write is a 2 year literature development project based in Southampton, supported by Arts Council England and led by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton Festivals, Southampton Cultural Development Trust and Southampton Libraries.

 

 

SO:Write February 2017 Newsletter

February’s been a month packed with literature events, showcases and workshops in and around Southampton, including a new monthly event at The Art House, hosted by national poetry slam organiser, Hammer and Tongue. Featuring headline acts from around the country, the Hammer and Tongue slam gives poets a platform to showcase their work before a live audience that includes five judges, selected at random on the night. These judges decide which poet goes through to a regional final where they will compete for a chance to represent the city at the National Finals in 2018. The next Hammer and Tongue event takes place on Monday 6th March, with featured guests Chris Parkinson and Hannah Teasdale. If you’re interested in taking part in the slam, the sign-up is 7pm.

As part of the city’s International Women’s Day festivities, Maria Ferguson’s spoken word show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ takes place at God’s House Tower in association with GHT: A Reincarnation on March 11th. The show explores relationships with food, dancing, and how audiences look at size and includes free cake. What’s not to like? Maria’s also hosting a workshop titled ‘Writing the Body’ as part of her visit. This workshop aims to be open and accessible, for women of all ages and abilities, including those who don’t normally classify themselves as writers. Places are limited, so please book here.

If you’re double-booked on that day and would still like to be involved with women’s writing in the city, regular women’s writing groups are offered as part of the SO:Write project. These sessions take place on the first Thursday and third Saturday of the month at the Art House and Southampton Central Library respectively.

There’s no doubting literature’s capacity to enhance a person’s awareness of issues relating to gender, race, and other cultures. Through reading and writing we’re able to share in another person’s experience of being human and our lives are richer for it. Working in tandem with Unity Arts and poets from the Asian community, there’s opportunity for local writers to take part in a project with ‘The Company of Writers’, a cross-cultural exchange programme involving talks, workshops and skill-sharing and acts of translation. The schedule is as follows:

Sunday 5th March – 2-4pm Opening Party for The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adab at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN. Refreshments served.

Sunday 19th March 2-4pm – In Conversation with Pakistani poet/writer Faisal Javed  (in English) at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN. Booking required.

Monday 20th March 5.30-8.30pm – Acts of Translation – working together with The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adab on translating & interpreting Urdu/English poems. Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN.   Booking required.

Sunday 26th March 10-1pm – Acts of Translation – Modern Poetry in Translation editor and Forward Prize-winning poet, Sasha Dugdale, leads a workshop exploring approaches to translation, suitable for people who don’t speak a second language. The Art House, 177 Above Bar Street, Southampton. Booking required.

Sunday 26th March 2-4pm Poetry Workshop in ghazal (pronounced ‘guzzle’) and nazm (promounced ‘nuzum’), two significant forms of Pakistani poetry, with The Company of Writers – Halq Sher-o-Adabat at Unity Arts, 107 St Marys Rd, Southampton SO14 0AN. Booking required.

If you’d like to be involved with the events at Unity Arts, please contact Catherine Wright at portswood@gmail.com. Please be advised that places are really limited, so advance booking is essential.

In other news, Mayflower Theatre’s cache of writers go from strength to strength and you can find out how Writer in Residence, Dinos Aristidou, is getting on by clicking here, or learn more about Mayflower Young Writers’ progress here

Finally, Southampton Libraries Writer in Residence role is now open for applications. If you’re interested in applying, please the job ad below.

ArtfulScribe and Southampton Libraries are recruiting for a Writer in Residence to work with libraries, staff and visitors in 2017/18 as part of the SO:Write project. It’s envisaged the successful candidate will deliver workshops that interact with current library initiatives, such as Summer Reading Challenge and be willing to creatively engage with libraries to produce new work reflective of the residency.

As well as being a talented writer, the Writer in Residence will be a confident speaker and advocate for the pleasures of reading and writing.

An honorarium of £5000 accompanies the position, based on a commitment of one day per week over a twelve-month period. A publication of the residency’s written output is also included.

This is an excellent portfolio opportunity for a writer to raise their public profile and gain valuable experience working in an environment that supports a diverse community.

Applicants are requested to submit a C.V. of relevant experience along with a statement of approx. 200 words detailing what they can bring to and gain from the experience. For further information and to apply, please email matt@artfulscribe.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 24th March 2017 at 5pm.

SO:Write is a 2 year literature development project based in Southampton, supported by Arts Council England and led by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton Festivals, Southampton Cultural Development Trust and Southampton Libraries.

 

SO:Write January 2017 Newsletter

It’s time for taking stock, setting goals, and gearing up for the year ahead. And what a year it promises to be. The SO:Write project goes from strength to strength, with the launch of both Mayflower Young Writers and SO:Write Women putting writers on a path to greater freedom of self-expression thanks to generous support from The Art House, Mayflower Theatre, and Southampton Libraries as well as excellent leadership from Susmita Bhattacharya and Joanna Barnard and their respective assistants. To find out more about these two exciting initiatives, or to get involved, please check out Mayflower Young Writers’ blog here and SO:Write Women’s blog is here.

On Sunday 29th January SO:Write People goes live with the first open access workshop of the year taking place at The Art House. Pitched towards beginners and improvers working in prose and/or poetry, the session’s theme is ‘Transformation’ with the aim of encouraging good writing practice through discussion, prompts, and activities. It’s a great opportunity to work in a supportive environment with fellow writers and there’s an added bonus of creating new material and boosting the imagination. The workshop starts at 11.30am, finishes at 4.00pm and promises to be a lot of fun. Advance tickets are available here.

February starts with KERUNCH and KAPOW and the launch of Southampton’s chapter in the Hammer and Tongue story. Hammer and Tongue run a national poetry slam competition, featuring regional heats and an annual final at the Royal Albert Hall. We’ll be joining Bristol, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, and London as a region, and we’ll be using the forthcoming months to select our regional team as well as individuals to represent the city. The 2018 qualifiers begin at The Art House on Wednesday 8th February with a headline performance from Rob Gee. To find out more about how to take part as a participant or audience member, please click here.

The first Writer in Residence is now appointed and it gives great pleasure to welcome Dinos Aristidou to his role at Mayflower Theatre. Selected from a really strong field of applicants, Dinos impressed at interview with the scope of his residency proposal and he’ll be working with the venue, visitors, and touring productions over the next year to produce new work and engage a wider community with writing initiatives. In due course there’ll be a blog to follow Dinos’ progress with more details to follow in a future update.

In February the application process begins for Southampton Libraries’ Writer in Residence – another fantastic opportunity for someone to help raise the profile of writers and writing in the city. The role will be advertised via NAWE, Arts Council, social media channels and here, so do keep an eye out if you’re interested.

As part of our commitment to support marginalised voices, the SO:Write showcase on March 11th is Maria Ferguson’s 5* Spoken Word show ‘Fat Girls Don’t Dance’ at God’s House Tower. Maria will also offering a workshop on ‘Writing the Body’ as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. Tickets to the show are available here and to book a place on the workshop, please email matt@artfulscribe.co.uk for further details. The show includes FREE CAKE, welcomes all genders, and promises a powerful performance, with support from Jenn Hart and open mic for women who wish to share their words.

In other news, Brighton poet Rosy Carrick headlines ‘Like Clockwork’ as Solent University’s shiny red pod as part of an Apples and Snakes showcase on 31 Jan @6pm. On Sunday 12th Feb the TeaPoet Collective returns to Rum’s Eg in Romsey at 1pm with Dave Hubble, Just Us and open mic and on 20th Feb female hip hop and Spoken Word duo ‘Poetic Pilgrimage’ headline ‘451’ at Nuffield Southampton Theatre’s University Road venue with open mic sign up on the door from 7pm.

The marvellous NST Laboratory also has some great opportunities for writers to take part in their ‘Experiments’ nights, as follows:

Experiment 11th March – The organisers of International Women’s Day in Southampton have asked us to contribute to the events they are running on 11th March at the West Quay Shopping Centre. Using the theme this year, Be Bold for Change, we are looking to fill two 10 minutes slots as part of the event. You can find out more information about the theme here www.internationalwomensday.com Theme Be bold with your ideas and what you could do with 10 minutes. Please send your ideas by 12pm on Monday 6th February.

Experiment 11th April –Taking 2017 Refugee Week’s theme of Our Shared Future as a stimulus, we are looking for submissions of 10 minute scratches for Now-Here. Now-Here is a 3 day programme of events celebrating Southampton and the diversity of the city, with a focus on refugee and asylum seekers. Please send in your ideas by 12pm on 1st March.

You can use the themes as provocations. It can be a 10 minute play or an extract of a bigger idea. You may already have a piece that fits in with the themes with the two events, or you may want to use them as a stimulus for a new idea.

For further details, please contact hannah.bevan@nstheatres.co.uk

To those who’ve made it this far, thanks for reading. Hopefully we’ll meet soon at a workshop or showcase that’s happening in the region.

Kind regards,
Matt West

On behalf of ArtfulScribe and SO:Write project partners.

 

 

 

 

SO:Write December Newsletter

Dear readers,

As the year’s blusters towards its inevitable conclusion, it’s time for a sack-load of updates about the SO:Write project and opportunities for writers and writing in the south in 2017.

After months of meetings, interviews and planning, we’re finally in position to announce the start of new creative writing initiatives, including Mayflower Young Writers, SoWriteWomen and SoWritePeople workshops taking place at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Libraries and The Art House in January 2017.

Our new year activities begin with the launch of Mayflower Young Writers on Saturday 14th January, led by novelist Susmita Bhattachrya with support from Andrew Cochrane. Offering weekly term-time sessions aimed at 11-14 and 15-18 age groups, these workshops will take writers on a developmental journey, leading towards publication and the potential for performance. Suitable for beginners and advanced writers, each term will have a focus based on Mayflower Theatre’s programme, using this as a springboard for inspiring new stories, poems, plays, reviews and all manner of approaches to creative writing. Places are limited, so please pass on to anyone who might be interested and ask them to email youngwriters@artfulscribe.co.uk for more details or call the Mayflower Box Office on 02380 711811 to register for a place.

On Saturday 14th January at 7.30pm at The Art House in Southampton, the man who bought you the Anti-Slam will be performing ‘Artificial Ineloquence,’ a show about the screens and machines that rule over our lives. As the robots rise and deep learning A.I.s threaten to take over the world, can humanity survive? Dynamic spoken word, computerised comedy, and emoji poetry all feature in this hour performance from BBC and Glastonbury word-slinger Dan Simpson. The evening also features open mic and support from a guest writer. Early bird tickets are available at a substantially discounted rate, so do book yours here.

Saturday 21st January sees the start of SoWriteWomen, a new fortnightly writing group led by award-winning writer Joanna Barnard and supported by Aprajitha Suryanarayanan. Joanna won the Bath Novel Award in 2014 and, with 6 years experience leading writing workshops, is perfectly placed to help local writers find voice, develop style, and explore creative writing techniques drawing on local cultural projects and events for inspiration. Workshops will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Southampton Central Library from 1030am-1230pm, and the 1st Thursday of each month at The Art House in Southampton from 11am-1pm. Writers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, including beginners.

On Sunday 29th January I’ll be returning to The Art House to lead a new series of open access workshops under the heading of SoWritePeople. These sessions take a thematic approach to poetry and prose and are open to anyone aged 16 and over who’d like to work with a group of like-minded people in a supportive space to create new writing based on prompts, activities and discussion. As it’s January, we’ll be working on a theme of transformation, taking examples from contemporary and classic works and using these as a point of departure from new creative journeys. The workshops will run from 11.30-4.30pm with an hour for lunch.

Through Arts Council funding and support from project partners, workshops and events are extremely well-priced and to encourage early booking, tickets are available at a discounted rate for early birds, before increasing to general release and ‘on the door’ prices. If anyone really can’t afford these modest fees, please do get in touch in advance or on the day and speak to the workshop leader or event organiser. Our aim is to ensure workshops and events are as accessible as possible and that financial constraints don’t become a barrier for those wishing to take part.

In other news, we’re now a stage closer to appointing the Mayflower Writer in Residence for 2017 as part of the SO:Write project. A seriously impressive stream of 48 applicants applied for the post from around the country, and after a great deal of head-scratching, a shortlist of candidates has been drawn up for interview. Thank you so much to everyone who gave time and energy to apply. Hopefully there’ll be scope for some of us to work together in the future.

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a fulfilling New Year,

Matt
On behalf of ArtfulScribe and the SO:Write team.

 

 

 

 

 

Writer in Residence required.

ArtfulScribe and Mayflower Theatre are excited to announce a new vacancy for a Writer in Residence to work with Mayflower staff, visitors and touring productions in 2017 as part of the SO:Write Literature Development Project in Southampton.

It’s envisaged the successful candidate will deliver some outreach workshops that interact with Mayflower’s seasonal programme and will also be willing to creatively engage with the venue and its history to produce new work reflective of the residency.

As well as being a talented writer, the Writer in Residence will be a confident speaker and advocate for the potential of performance and writing to enrich and transform lives.

An honorarium of £5000 paid quarterly in arrears accompanies the position, based on a commitment of one day per week over a 48 week period. A publishing contract will also be included as part of this post.

This is an excellent portfolio opportunity for a writer to raise their public profile and to gain valuable experience working in an environment that champions the arts and engages with creative communities.

Applicants are requested to submit a CV of relevant experience along with a statement of approximately one side of A4 detailing what they can bring to and hope to gain from the role. For further information and to apply, please email matt@artfulscribe.co.uk

Deadline for applications: 9th December 2016 at 5pm.

SO:Write is a 2 year literature development project in Southampton, supported by Arts Council England and led by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield, Southampton Festivals, and Southampton Libraries.

 

Writer/Facilitator for Southampton based Young Writers’ Groups

ArtfulScribe and Mayflower Theatre are looking to appoint an experienced, versatile Writer/Facilitator to lead term-time weekly Young Writers’ sessions as part of a two-year project. Sessions will take place on Saturday mornings and each session will be split to accommodate writers aged between 13-17 years from 9.00am-10.45am, and writers aged 18-30 years from 11.00am – 12.45pm.

The Writer/Facilitator will be required to provide a safe and supportive environment that will encourage, nurture and develop participants and be welcoming to those who may lack self-confidence.

The Writer/Facilitator will be supported by a project manager, and will also have admin, evaluation, and marketing support from an assistant.

Applicants are requested to outline a structured delivery proposal that takes into account accessibility for a mixed ability group and that works in connection with Mayflower Theatre’s seasonal programme and other cultural events in Southampton.  For example, British Art Show 8 is visiting the city between October 2017 and January 2018, and we would like to see events and opportunities like this and other local arts-based projects used as focal points to engage and inspire the group. Applicants are also requested to provide two example workshop plans showing time and content management and an up-to-date CV detailing relevant experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for a writer to work with a group over an extended period of time and to deliver engaging projects that celebrate young voices in Southampton. Remuneration is £115 per session.

Please email applications to matt@artfulscribe.co.uk with a subject heading of ‘SO:Write Young Writers’ Group Facilitator’. Please send any queries to the same address.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 14th October 2016.

SO:Write is a 2 year literature development project in Southampton, supported by Arts Council England and led by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield,  Southampton Festivals, and Southampton Libraries.

 

Writer/Facilitator for a Southampton based Women’s Writing Group

We’re looking to appoint an experienced, versatile Writer/Facilitator to lead a fortnightly Women’s Writing Group as part of the SO:Write project. Each session will be 2hrs long and will be open to women of mixed ability, aged 18 and over. One session a month will take place on a Saturday.

The Writer/Facilitator will be required to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages, nurtures and develops participants and welcomes those who may lack self-confidence.

The Writer/Facilitator will be supported by a project manager, and there will also be admin, evaluation, and marketing support from an assistant volunteer.

Applicants are requested to outline a structured delivery proposal that takes into account accessibility for a mixed ability group and that works in connection with other cultural events in Southampton.  For example, the British Art Show is visiting the city between October 2016 and January 2017, and we would like to see events and opportunities like this and other local arts-based projects used as a focal point to engage and inspire the group. Applicants are also requested to provide two example workshop plans showing time and content management and an up-to-date CV detailing relevant experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for a writer to work with a group over an extended period of time and to deliver engaging projects that develop and broadcast women’s voices in the city to a wider audience. Remuneration is £90 per session, inclusive of planning time and any post-session support.

Please email applications to matt@artfulscribe.co.uk with a subject heading of ‘SO:Write Women’s Writing Group Facilitator’. Please send any queries to the same address.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 14th October 2016.

SO:Write is a 2 year literature development project in Southampton, supported by Arts Council England and led by ArtfulScribe in partnership with Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield,  Southampton Festivals, and Southampton Libraries.

 

 

 

September 16

The act of writing is a chance to learn more about ourselves, others, the places we inhabit and environments we imagine. For the writer, anything is possible. No subject is too small or unworthy, no fantasy too great to explore. There are times, however, when writers need some support; a prompt to get started, a deadline to work towards, a platform for publishing, a stage where that masterpiece can be performed.

If you’re local or within travelling distance of Southampton, help may be closer than you thought. SO:Write is a new project aiming to provide conditions for writing to flourish in the south. Over the next two years, a range of activities and events will be launched, helping new and experienced writers achieve their potential.

There’s something for everybody, with workshops for primary aged children, Writers in Residence at secondary schools, inter-school poetry slams, a Young Writers group, open access workshops for adults, a women’s writing group and career and professional development for early/mid-career writers. There’ll be showcases for writers to present work before a live audience, with headline performances from national and international acts. SO:Write will also employ writers for residencies at key cultural venues in the city, like Southampton Libraries, John Hansard Gallery and Mayflower Theatre and writers will be recruited to deliver key project strands.

As a literature development project, SO:Write aims to cater for writers working across a variety of genres, and includes provision for playwrights, journalists, bloggers, poets, novelists, flash-fiction aficionados and those wishing to write for radio, television, in fiction and non-fiction. There’ll be cross-disciplinary opportunities too, with workshops and showcases directly linked with cultural events in the city, starting with Hayward Touring’s British Art Show 8’s visit to Southampton between October 2016 and January 2017.

The project aims to challenge writers to learn new skills, raise aspirations, and to be part of a growing community of writers working in a supportive environment that values individuals and empowers marginalised voices. Learn how to write commercially, how to interview, how to articulate thought in critical reviews or in essay form.  Step outside comfort zones and expand your writer’s toolkit. See where the journey takes you.

Two events are already in the calendar. On 23rd September, in partnership with The Art House, there’s a challenge to the status quo of performance poetry when The Anti Slam comes to town. Hosted by Dan Simpson and Catherine Wright, an invited posse of poets will compete for the accolade of Southampton Anti-Slam Champion 2016 by offering appalling puns and worse verse to a panel of judges including T.S.Eliot prize-winner, Maggie Sawkins, who will decide the zeros from the heroes.  It’s a light-hearted event and features some of the south’s favourite poets and performers.

If you’re interested in writing for or about theatre, Guardian critic Mark Fisher introduces principles of theatre criticism and discusses demands of the job when he visits Nuffield on 30th September 2016. Mark will present a masterclass exploring how to celebrate, analyse and discuss performances on stage.. Billed as a ‘perfect introduction to what could be a lifetime of pleasure’ (British Theatre Guide) Mark’s work includes authorship of ‘The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide’ and ‘How to Write About Theatre’, both published by Bloomsbury. Those attending the workshop will be offered significantly discounted tickets for the night’s performance of the commissioned Southampton-centric play ‘Dedication’, written by Nick Dear and directed by Samuel Hodges.

Further information will follow about other workshops and events once details are confirmed. To find out more, please visit www.so-write.org , like the FB page, follow on Twitter at SoWrite_UK, or email matt@artfulscribe.co.uk

 

SO:Write Literature Development Project

Press Release – June 2016

150k funding secured for city writers

Southampton writers are set for a significant boost in opportunities to create, advance, and showcase their work, thanks to a new literature development programme in the city.

SO:Write, a 2-year project, will draw together resources and expertise from a delivery consortia including ArtfulScribe, Apples and Snakes, John Hansard Gallery, Mayflower Theatre, Nuffield, Southampton Festivals, Culture Southampton and Southampton Libraries.

Led by ArtfulScribe, with generous support from Arts Council England, the project will develop links between schools, local business, charity partners and cultural organisations to raise the profile of writers and writing in the area by providing a structural platform to enable creative talent to flourish.

School poetry slams, a young writers’ group, writing residencies, publishing opportunities, open access workshops, a women’s writing group, and facilitation training for writers to lead outreach sessions will get underway from June 2016 with live showcases featuring national and international acts also scheduled for delivery from autumn onwards.

ArtfulScribe director and city laureate, Matthew West, said: ‘I’m delighted to have opportunity to build on foundations laid by SO:To Speak – Southampton’s Festival of Words, Apples and Snakes, The Art House and artists throughout the area who work so hard to enhance the cultural offer of Southampton. Our aim is to raise creative aspirations for people in the city by encouraging growth from grassroots production to a professional standard through low-cost educational offers and showcase opportunities that inspire and motivate creative expression through written and spoken word. This significant investment is a real boost to the cultural economy and will hopefully lead to a legacy of local writers producing work of national and international value.

James Gough, director of Southampton Cultural Development Trust, said: ‘SO:Write sets out to identify and support writers in developing sustainable portfolio careers, combining writing with workshop leadership and other training opportunities. The project aims to reduce barriers between educational institutions and a general public, empowering anyone who’s interested in working with words, so we’re very happy to support it.’

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “Our National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts scheme exists to help bring great art and culture to everyone, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. We believe literature plays a key part in contemporary culture and so we are very pleased to be supporting SO-Write. With such a strong and experienced consortia of partners the project looks set to nurture the literature scene in the city, building on the foundations already laid.”

SO:Write delivery will commence from the summer of 2016. For further information, to get involved, or to volunteer, please contact us.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk