writers born or made? Is creativity innate, or can it be
this relaxed and informal event, which will include plenty of
time for questions and group discussion, novelist Melissa
Harrison will talk about the internal transformation necessary
to become a writer (or an artist of any kind), why she doesn't
believe in ?writing tips', and the highly
personal creative process by which she turns elusive ideas
into finished works. If you want to make something and put it
out into the world, whether in words or otherwise, this talk is
Theatre ever meaningfully create Community?
- Arcola Theatre's
Community Performance Company approach.
was a pioneer in the early development of Community Theatre
and Participatory Arts Practice across the globe,
mainstreaming what began initially as a social and
political response to reclaim art and performance by the
groups of disenfranchised people. Over more than 50 years
latter, the practice and methods of community theatre
remain core to British Theatre practice, but has the
intention, focus and impact been blunted by shifting
interpretations of what exactly Community means? Are arts
organisations mistaking audience, for community?
Lleuwen Steffan was
raised up to the sound of words and music, being the daughter
of singer-composer Steve Eaves and she sang on some of his
recordings as a young girl. She also gained valuable experience
at Ysgol Glanaethwy, the school at Bangor renowned for its
choirs, but Lleuwen was always keen to broaden her musical
horizons and develop her own unique voice. This she did with
the jazz group Acoustique and her first solo albums ?Duw a
wyr' and ?Penmon', all of which were critically acclaimed.
moved to Brittany, where she became engrossed in the musical
traditions of that Celtic country, and learnt the Breton
language. She worked with songstress Norwen Korbel, and also
with the bassist Vincent Guerin, and together they composed
songs and experimented with new sounds which resulted in the
album "Tan", released simultaneously in Brittany by Keltia
Musique and in Wales by Sain.