Thursday, 8 October 2015

Scribble Festival 2015

This years Scribble Festival will be taking place at Oldham Library on 5th November 2015. We will be joined by some of our favourite writers who deliver work with us all year round and also by some new names and faces who will be sharing their work and practice. We will be holding workshops and Q&A’s, sharing audio visual work, and will present readings and performances from Writers Reece Williams, Shirley May, Shamshad Khan, Kamila Rymajdo, songwriter Jenna G and another special guest yet to be announced. 

Thursday 5th November

2pm – 9pm

Oldham Library

Cultural Quarter, Greaves St, Oldham OL1 1AL

For information: 01706 361 300

Cartwheel Arts & Touchstones present Alaska

To celebrate black History month in the  UK Cartwheel and Touchstones mounted a play that explores the life of academic and writer Cheryl Martin. Alaska tells the story of a black pre-menopausal lesbian’s descent into suicidal depression and her emergence from it. Playwright Cheryl Martin tries to keep a warm heart in an icy world, without losing her mind. A raw and powerful performance, with humour, heart and soul, with stunning vocals and beautiful images. With one in four of us estimated to experience mental health difficulties at sometime in our lives, this is a story that touches everyone, whether first-hand or through family and friends. 

Alaska is a playful, joyful, visual and aural experiment taking you into one black woman's experiences growing up, inspired by Cheryl Martin’s poetry collection, listed for the 2015 Polari Prize

Commissioned by The Albany, supported by Contact, STUN, Commonword, and the Arts Council England National Lottery

“It is a devastatingly beautiful show…, poetic narrative and heart achingly profound... people should go"  -  Audience Member

Scribble Magazine Autumn 2015

Scribble, our quarterly magazine is available to download for free from our issuu account if you register a free account at issuu, and if you are lucky enough to have come across one in the community you will notice its had a bit of a facelift! Glossy, heavyweight pages, large doses of colour and sleek design from our new design partners XYLO Design, and the inclusion of some reviews and factual writing. Click here to download

In review: FUSE Project

The Fuse project was delivered over summer in partnership with Cartwheel Arts, Contact Theatre, and The Brew cafe with the aim of engaging young people of the Fitton hill area of Oldham in various creative activities that involve creative writing. We worked with artists, One69a, Chimpo, Kelly Morgan, Reece Williams, Lisa Risbec, and Reform Radio, who delivered workshops in Screen printing, DJ’ing, Drama, Poetry, Visual art, and podcasting respectively. The young people involved got the chance to create a podcast which not only documented their process but gave them the chance to share their own views and opinions of what it is to be creative and also their neighbourhood and locality. We finished our project with some good food and drink provided by The brew CafĂ© and also a very special performance and sharing of video and audio created by FUSE participants with skills taught to them by Reform Radio.

In review: Darnhill Festival

This year in the lead up to Darnhill Festival the Tell Us Another one project created a book in observance of The United Nations International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, to raise awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, and its importance to humankind.
The project was facilitated by two artists, writer Reece Williams and visual artist Lisa Risbec, who engaged with young people from Heap Bridge Primary School, Our Lady & St Paul’s RC Primary School, and Holy Family RC and CE College. Pupils used creative writing and visual art to create collages and poems that include short form poetry such as Haiku, the Hemingway, and the Kenning to explore the theme of light using short form poetry and ultra short fiction, sayings and phrases, and the use of “Meme Culture” and what that means to the sharing of words and short stories. Generating ideas for typography and collages that reflect the aesthetic of social media such as Instagram and Snapchat.

The project was produced by Darnhill Festival Association in partnership with the Tell Us Another One project with the “Darnhill Book Of Light” presented and celebrated with some workshops and performances at the annual Darnhill festival.