Added to Creative Stoke, 9th March 2011

Staffordshire University film students now have a Vimeo channel showcasing the ‘Arrive 11’ set of films that they’ll be showing on the big screen at the Film Theatre in Stoke on Wednesday the 9th of March 2011 (today! 6pm to 9pm). ‘Arrive 11’ is a selection of second-year student films from the Media (Film) production course at Staffordshire University. These films are a selection of the work created during Semester 1 of the student year 2010-11. The students had just 12 weeks to write, shoot and edit a five-minute drama.

Over in the East Midlands, Alt.Fiction’s Spring Writing Weekend is set to take place in Chesterfield (about 25 miles from Stoke-on-Trent, on the other side of the Peaks) in May 2011. This is a residential weekend for writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Guest writers will be Simon Clark (acclaimed horror novelist and author of The Night of the Triffids), and Tony Ballantyne (science fiction writer of the Recursion Trilogy and the Penrose series). The Alt.Fiction Spring Writing Weekend costs £180 (£90 deposit, non-refundable), including two nights of shared accommodation, all meals and hot drinks, plus a full programme of writing activities throughout Saturday and Sunday featuring two guest authors. To book your place, or for any enquiries, call Alex on 07896 228367 or email

Stafford College has a four-week Silversmithing and Jewellery Making course (code L33) starting in May 2011, and costing just £30.

Biddulph Grange is set to run a Basket Making Workshop at Biddulph Grange Country Park. Local basket-maker Rachel Evans will teach you how to make your own basket, using hedgerow material. This is a one-day workshop on 27th March 2011, and the cost is £25 (includes materials). Booking is essential. Please call 01538 395522 to book your place.

Interested in playing folk music? Stafford Folk Players now have a variety of workshop dates set for 2011 and into 2012, including a big 2011 Music Day from 9.30am to 6.15pm on Sunday 8th May 2011 at Barnfields Primary School, Stafford. Details of ticket costs at the website. The website says…

“All of our tutors are very well qualified to both teach and perform at a very high standard. They are well-known and highly respected on the National Folk Circuit, and abroad. Many are teachers of music, or lecturers at colleges of music. The caller is also of national repute and is also a musician.”

If you’re interested in the dancing side of folk music, the Lichfield Folk Dance Club has an advanced workshop 13th March, a special half-day of dance on 16th April 2011 at Shenstone Village Hall, and a fully-fledged Costume Ball on 17th September 2011. See the website for full details.

The 4th Staffordshire Bead Fair has announced the 2011 dates and venue. This one-day event will take place at the Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel on Sunday 11th September 2011 (10am to 4pm). See the website for full details.


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