Added to Creative Stoke, 12th March 2011

Bella Bunting is to host a Two Fair Hands crafts-making party at Staffordshire University. The venue is the Union Boardroom, Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent. This will be…

“a hands-on experience, accompanied by some spoken word from a fabulous friend of mine, a guest-speaker on craft, some decent music and a big old mingle. Hope you can make it!”

Advance news of the Birmingham-administered £2.5 billion equity investment Business Growth Fund. This new Fund will be open for business in April 2011. The capital has now been secured, and the fund will be seeking growing British firms with an annual turnover of between £10m and £100m. This seems likely to make the Fund especially useful to the ceramics industry in North Staffordshire. The Fund will take a minority stake of between £2m and £10m over five years, as well as a seat on the firm’s board. More details and a website link soon.

Urban Vision North Staffordshire is set to hold a Launch Evening for their Spring 2011 Green Photography Competition. This is set for 18th March 2011 (5.30pm-7.30pm) at the Burslem School of Art, Stoke-on-Trent.

Added to the Directory: Keele Writing is a Facebook group… “for past and present students of Creative Writing at Keele, and to promote the wider culture of writing in the University.”

Keele University will be hosting the Prize Event for the 2010 Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry, on 28th March 2011 (6.30pm – 9pm) in the Foyer of the Claus Moser Building, Keele University. There will be poetry readings from the three winners: Liz Lefroy; Alex Frisby; and Gwen Smith. Liz Lefroy’s poetry pamphlet Pretending the Weather will be available for purchase. Details of the 2011 Prize are available at the website.

Woodfest is a new fringe festival of countryside crafts, as part of the 2011 Staffordshire County Show (1st – 2nd June 2011). This will include: Charcoal Making and Chain Saw Carving; Oak Swill Basket Making with one of only two professional oak swill basket makers in the Country; and Clog Making with Jeremy Atkinson, Britain’s last remaining clog maker, and more.


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