Added to Creative Stoke, 3rd April 2011

Stoke City Libraries’ All Write and Write On writing projects now have funding for a new project called “What’s the Story?”. “What’s the Story?” will run two longer courses — one for writers of prose fiction, the second for non-fiction writers. The courses are aimed at aimed at helping local developing writers to reach a professional level. The dates will be: Fiction — 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July, 30th July, 10th September 2011 / Non-fiction — 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 17th September, 1st October 2011. Each course costs £50, and you’ll have to produce 4,000 words. Full details are online here.

Andy Mark Simpson, director and producer of award-winning independent film Young Hearts Run Free, is inviting creatives and film-fans to a screening at the Stoke Film Theatre cinema in Stoke-on-Trent, on Wednesday 6th April 2011 (7.45pm, £3 on the door). This will be followed by Q&A sessions with Andy which will elaborate on how the film was made, including the writing, directing, filming, producing and distribution. There will also be a good opportunity for networking after the event. Young Hearts Run Free is a low-budget indie feature-film, a coming-of-age story set amid the background of a Northumberland village caught up in the violent Miners Strike of 1974…

“Far from the dark, astringent territory of The Damned United or the Red Riding trilogy, it’s closer in kind to Brassed Off and The Full Monty, fusing politics and romance to create a charming … portrayal of working-class dream life.” … “honest, likeable” — The Daily Telegraph.

North Staffordshire artists may be interested in visiting an arts group that meets every first Wednesday of the month at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 6-7pm. “No need to book, just drop in” is the blurb. The Gallery had a huge +73.3% increase in funding in the recent Arts Council 2012-2015 settlement. For more information on the group visit the website or call Helen Oliver, Curatorial Assistant on 01902 552045 or email:

The UK’s 5th Annual GFEST lesbigay festival announced its call for new entries this week. Interested participants may submit suitable work in three different categories: short film, visual arts, and performance. This major cross-arts event will run from 7th-20th November 2011 in London. The festival is known for innovative displays of contemporary LGBT art and creative exhibition programming, and is a leading UK event for artists who portray love and eroticism outside of the mainstream. The festival is sponsored by major firms and galleries such as the National Gallery and the V&A, and supported by high-profile personalities such as Prime Minister David Cameron, actor Stephen Fry, and the London Mayor Boris Johnson. All entries may be submitted through the GFEST website, where full details can be found. The submissions deadline is: 27th June 2011.

Congratulations to the creative Foundation students from Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC), who were recently approached by Sainsbury’s supermarket to produce and install a large piece of art at the Newcastle-under-Lyme store. Craig Hancock from the Foundation degree in Graphics & Digital Design was selected to create the winning design, a 25ft-square work which was mounted by Craig in the store with the aid of fellow student Ben Dunnet.

Students on Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s creative Foundation degrees have also created their own excellent new video introduction to their Art, Design, and Media Production courses and campus…

Part four of the made-in-Stoke-on-Trent vampire series Blood & Bone China is now available for free viewing online…


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