Additions to Creative Stoke, 27th October 2009

New! 27.10.09    
Congratulations to Pamela Sambrook, who has just published her well-researched book The Staffordshire Oatcake: A History (Palatine Books, 128 pages).

New! 27.10.09    
Birmingham-based The Traditional Arts Team are searching for the best young storytellers from across the British Isles, leading up to a national event on Saturday 13th March 2010 at the Central Library Theatre in Birmingham city-centre. If you’re a young person who tell stories, or someone who knows a talented young storyteller, please contact Fiona on 01490 430551 / 07941 918159 or email:

The Traditional Arts Team also runs Peak Performance storytelling workshops in the nearby Peak District. Forthcoming dates are Sunday 1st November and Sunday 6th December 2009.

They are part of the English Storytelling Network, and also publish the Folk Monthly magazine of traditional folk activities.

New! 27.10.09    
The £1.3m Redundant Buildings Grant Scheme for Staffordshire helps to bring buildings back into productive economic use (e.g.: an art gallery, a workshop for a crafts maker). The scheme is coming to an end in March 2010, so now is a good time to apply if you’re planning to renovate a disused building. Grants are between £2,500 and £62,500. Staffordshire Moorlands Council has a leaflet on the scheme (PDF link). The scheme excludes Stoke-on-Trent.

New! 26.10.09    
The Staffordshire Community Foundation currently has a programme of Grassroots Grants available for small community groups. Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available for volunteer-led community groups which work exclusively in the area of Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire.

New! 26.10.09    
YDE Young Creatives is a competition aimed at dance choreographers aged 15 to 19, who are creating dance with up to five dancers. The winners will be provided with mentoring, residential workshops and seminars, and major performance opportunities. The application deadline is 30th November 2009, and you’ll need to send video footage of your dance piece. Those selected from applications will then present informally at the Royal Opera House in January 2010, and finalists will perform publically in London in April 2010. Full details from Youth Dance England at:

New! 26.10.09    
Would you like to learn some of the ways to teach children to write songs? There’s to be an afternoon Sing Up! Song Writing Workshop in nearby Telford, on Thursday 26th November 2009. It will be led by Mary Keith, and will be aimed at school teachers, singing leaders and community musicians who are working with children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (ages 5-11). You’ll explore different approaches to simple songwriting, looking at the basic building blocks (lyric, beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, arrangement, accompaniment) and at different creative starting points. Cost is £20 per person. Interested? To book a place, email Telford & Wrekin’s Children’s Workforce Team at:

New! 26.10.09    
Jobs:  Staffordshire’s Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL) has another three new opportunities at local schools:—

   1) Hagley Park Sports College (a secondary school located just south of Stafford) requires an Automotive Designer. The aim is to stage a “Formula Hagley Kart” event, in which the pupils will employ maths, science and technology to design, construct and test their vehicles to meet a series of challenges. The project will take place during Spring of 2010 and there is a budget of up to £3,600. Interested? For a full brief please email:

   2) Leasowes Primary School in Stafford are seeking A Poet to help the school realise the full potential of their outside area. The project will take place during Spring of 2010. Fee: £3,700. Deadline: 2nd November 2009. Interested? For a full brief please email: Catherine Hill at:

   3) The Phoenix Nursery in Wolverhampton are seeking a Creative Practitioner. All art forms will be considered. You’ll enable the school to think creatively about the use of ICT in an Early Years setting, where the children are draw from a high-unemployment neighbourhood. Delivery will be between January and March 2010, either in regular weekly sessions or in intensive blocks. Fee: £3,000. Deadline: 17th November 2009. Interested? For a full brief please email Lisa Harrison at:

New! 26.10.09   
To help cover web hosting costs, Creative Stoke has decided to experiment with some advertising.  Creative Stoke remains a non-profit project.  But now you can buy simple cheap adverts on the page which has the most attentive eyeballs – the What’s New page.

Want to advertise? Simply sign up with Addiply, write your advert, PayPal them the fee, — and your advert appears for one month! The placing will always be as part of the third item from the top on this What’s New? page. Reach a highly targeted audience, for about the same price as a coffee and a packet of posh sandwiches!

Creative Stoke can also arrange for your ad to be placed on the RSS feed for Creative Stoke.


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