Added to Creative Stoke, 7th September 2010

New! 07.09.10    
Stoke-on-Trent’s Rideout is seeking people with experience of a prison sentence, in order to participate in its innovative new public-education arts event called GOTOJAIL. Applicants need preferably to be based in the Midlands. This is work paid on a fee basis, per day. For more information please contact Rideout on 01782 325555 or at

New! 07.09.10    
The Midlands Food Bloggers group is having its second meet-up event on Sunday 19th September at the Urban Coffee Company in Birmingham, at 1pm. If you are a Midlands-based food blogger, Midlands food producer, or just generally interested in Midlands food, go along and meet some like-minded people for coffee, cake and lots of chatting. If you can attend please email:

New! 07.09.10    
Don’t forget that the Heritage Open Days are this week, and many seem like a good opportunity for photographers. For those who can’t attend or do the walks, but who want to get a taste of Stoke, your editor has photographed all the notable buildings and features in Stoke town centre (Stoke-upon-Trent, or Stoke old town), and with half a mile. 126 pictures resulted, and I’ve placed them online under a broad Creative Commons licence which includes commercial use. All are 1800px on the longest side, so should be suitable for some types of print use.

Doesn’t include the University / College / train station area, the minster churchyard, the canal and river, or Boothen.

New! 07.09.10    
Local electronica artist Dan Weatherall has just released The Basic Condition of Life, a new nine-track album + remix and single (“The Most Impossible Plan”). Your editor has listened at length, and it’s definitely a finely-crafted and very engaging confection of toe-tapping beats and flowing soundscapes.

New! 07.09.10    
Jobs:  INHABIT is a new Birmingham project that is part of the Empty Spaces initiative funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. Activities in previously empty vacant spaces will happen across Birmingham in Erdington, Hodge Hill, Ladywood, Perry Barr. A small number of artists’ commissions are available, to be guided by ideas on transforming space, community engagement and public participation. There are three major commissions (2 x £7,500, and £5,000) and an Open Brief for smaller commissions (£1,500 to £500). Full details from Hybrid.

New! 07.09.10    
Stoke-on-Trent has a new dance group, Signify. This is Signal 1 Radio’s new performance group, and they are currently looking for dancers to be part of the troupe! Free “try-out” taster sessions will happen on 11-12th September 2010 at K.Dee.K Danceworks in Stoke town. Booking is essential, please. Phone 01782 878888  or  email:

New! 07.09.10    
Triodos Bank is sponsoring a new scheme called Only Connect. This enables voluntary organisations to visit another organisation to learn about how they have diversified their income into trading or by using loan finance, or moved into public-service delivery. Your time and travel is reimbursed to the tune of £150, and the host organisation is given a £200 consultation fee. Application: 10th September 2010. Application details here.

New! 07.09.10    
Your editor has just published a new 18,000 novelette that forms a sequel to Robinson Crusoe, in which Defoe is used as a loose scaffolding to launch a new story — as if filtered through the imagination of the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Crusoe returns to his island to find death, madness, deadly dreams, mad priests, inter-dimensional horrors, fiendish mazes, and much more. You can read the first half for free (PDF link, 1.2Mb). Follow the Web link at the end of the free sample, to buy the book in paperback form. PayPal accepted.


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