Added to Creative Stoke, 1st November 2011

The final chapter of the fabulous “vampires in Victorian Stoke-on-Trent” Blood and Bone China drama series has just been released: Chapter 12. Here’s a link to the just-released “Director’s Cut” version of Chapter One with Playlist to start you off, and here’s an embedding of it…

CodEye, a new digital storytelling/illustration series from Stoke-on-Trent…

Episode One

Episode Two

Episode Three

Your editor is pleased to announce that my new and original 60,000-word novel is available now. The Spyders of Burslem is a historical mystery, with a dash of steampunk…

“It is the year 1869 in the pottery town of Burslem, where a new age of industry and learning struggles to be born. A young graduate has arrived to teach the workers, but finds himself on the trail of a deadly evil.”

Available to buy in paperback, or as an ebook for the Amazon Kindle ereader on the Kindle Store at either Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

A free sample (Chapter 5) is available on the website.

The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) has announced that all oil paintings in public ownership in Staffordshire have been uploaded to the Your Paintings website for the nation to enjoy. This last batch completes the coverage of the West Midlands counties.

Above: The ironically titled “Brotherhood of Man” by John Maler Collier, depicting a leftist group planning a bomb attack. Acquired by the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in 1936, and now a centre-peice of the oil painting collection. Available as a print.

AirSpace Gallery in Hanley is inviting people to create one of the 24 boxes for display in their street-front show window in the weeks before Christmas…

“The box should respond to the festive season, love it or hate it, think Alternative, Conceptual, and Eyecatching. Each day of December one of the boxes will be opened — and the contents revealed”

A max. £10 donation is invited per application. Application deadline: 14th November 2011. Full details on the AirSpace website.

Added to the Directory: Robert Leyland, the Chief Photographer for the British Army and former department head at the Defence School of Photography. Robert now lives in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Above: “Buckingham Palace Scooter Run” No.18, by Robert Leyland.

The 2012 Acoustic Festival of Britain will be held locally, at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and now has 2012 dates for your calendar:  25th – 27th May 2012.

Added to the Directory: Timothy Christopher Osborne. Timothy specialises in portraits of the people of Stoke-on-Trent.

The Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University are offering a free workshop in “Youth Work: Bringing Communities Together”. As part of the workshops they are hoping to produce a
short video of participants’ experiences, which they…

“can then share with partner organisations to help promote the positive youth work taking place across the region”.

The workshop is being held on Friday 4th November 2011 (10am – 12.30pm) at the Learning Exchange (Room L225, Flaxman building, Stoke campus). Places are limited, so please phone to book a place on: 01782 294793.

Staffordshire University Creative Writing Society now has a website for their Work In Progress magazine.

Some advance funding news. Creative England has secured £5-million of funding for a forthcoming national “Digital Champions” scheme. This will aim to provide…

“[match-]funding and market expertise to [high potential … SMEs in … Birmingham and the West Midlands] working in cross-platform content and services [in respect of] new market propositions and content”

More details soon.


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