In this episode we discuss their upcoming WW1 centenary memorial project, taking place in in Rowntrees park, how where you live affects the themes you choose to explore in your work, how art can change your perception on history and heritage, and the all important question of why humans have the drive to create.
Rose Drew (@rosebonecrone) is a poet, anthropologist, book publisher and events manager. Along with her partner Alan she runs Stairwell Books, and has co-hosted York Spoken Word Poetry & Prose Open Mic since January 2006.
In this episode we cover the creative process of bringing a poem to life, how to prepare for public speaking, we touch on politics and soaring house prices as Rose reads a poem about Grenfell Tower, as well as the importance of the arts in developing self-confidence.
Tom Higham (@tomhigham) is a creative director and producer who works with artists, developers, designers, arts organisations and policy makers all over the world to produce ambitious artworks and creative projects.
He is currently creative director of York Mediale, a brand new biennial arts festival which will bring world premiere commissions from leading artists to the city.
In this episode we discuss how Tom approached building the festival from the ground up, his advice to aspiring artists and producers, and about the challenges facing York and its future.
Gemma Curry is an actress, storyteller & theatre maker. After over 15 years experience in theatre she started her own professional touring theatre company, Hedgepig Theatre. As her family own grew so did her company, as Hedgepig added a children’s company, Hoglets – Theatre fun for little folks.
Over the last 5years Hoglets has been running storytelling and theatre workshops for babies, toddlers and primary age children, and this year saw the production of their first children’s play The Sleep Pirates.
In this episode we discuss how to tell better stories, about diving in and having an open approach to learning new skills, and about whether children get enough exposure to the arts.
Rick Chadwick (@rickary) is a freelance web developer, in 2013 he started DotYork, a one day annual conference that brings together around 250 curious minds to hear intriguing and inspiring stories and discussions.
In 2015 he grew tired of working from home so set up ACOLLECTIVE, a city centre co-working space, home to 30 creatives.
In this episode we chat about the work Dot York have done in creating a safe and encouraging environment that allows speakers to open up and share their vulnerabilities with an audience. We touch on artificial intelligence and the impact it will have on creative jobs, and Rick and I both talk about our feelings of imposter syndrome and the struggle of being comfortable with who you are and what you do.
David Jarman (@JarmanPoetry) is a poet, playwright and songwriter, currently working on a solo show called “Made of Nowhere” to be produced in autumn 2018. This time last year he was Poet in Residence at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, he’s an associate artist at both Say Owt and Common Ground Theatre, and as a playwright has written re-imaginings of Robin Hood, Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows, which have been performed at York Theatre Royal and Bolton Abbey Estate.
In this episode we chat about the juggling act of working across multiple mediums, his advice on dealing with creative burnout, and how having other people in the room pushes you forward to finish your work.
Nikolaus Morris (@nikjacek) is a freelance writer, director and animator working for agencies and production companies across the UK, as well as writing and developing his own original content.
In this episode we chat about the illusion of trying to solve the balance of life, how modern audiences are becoming more and more sophisticated, and about not being afraid to chop work out of your portfolio and go after new pursuits.
Daniel Maule is a director and screenwriter from York, who has just completed his first feature film entitled ‘Our End’, which will be released later this year.
In this episode we chat about his approach to screenwriting and how projects develop from one idea to another, the challenges of shooting his first feature in 14 straight days with no breaks, and how you tend to discover a wealth inspiration in the world around you when you finally allow yourself to unplug.