Added to Creative Stoke, 8th November 2011

A new crafts gallery is set to open at Congleton on Saturday 12th November 2011. The Peanut Gallery will be at located at the Victoria Mill Arts Centre in the town.

‘Meet the Author’ is a book launch with a difference, at Clayton branch library in Newcastle-under-Lyme on Wednesday 16th November 2011. Six local authors will read from their new or recent volumes, and chat to the audience about writing and publishing. The event begins at 7.15pm. The authors are: Phil Emery, The Shadow Cycles (sword-&-sorcery ‘for the twenty-first century’); Ralph Alcock, The Loving Son (crime fiction); Gill Hargreaves, A Triangular Affair (love, passion, and family tensions); Dennis Wilton, Battlefields of the Mind (philosophy and psychology); Roy Gray, The Joy of Technology (science fiction); Richard Ayres, Waterloo Sunset (relationships between people).

Business Birmingham is holding a two-day 2Digital event on 16th-17th November 2011. This aims to showcase what the West Midlands region can offer potential investors in the digital gaming sector. Places cost £99, but that package appears to be aimed at those outside the area who want to visit and see what we have to offer. They do however also have a Launch Future Gaming one-day conference, which seems to be open to those based in the Midlands, for which tickets are priced at £199.

Firms in Stoke and Staffordshire are invited to a free Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership seminar with “sales pitching specialist” Mike Kingston on the opportunities arising from the London 2012 Olympic Games, and how to access these. The seminar will cover: last-minute purchasing; the Torch Relay in Staffordshire; post-games conversion work on the Olympic Park new-build; housing and offices around the Olympic Park after the Games; and export opportunities around the Olympics. The date is 22nd November 2011 (9 a.m. to 12 noon) at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent. More details from:

The Chamber of Commerce Enterprise Club has a talk on “Relocating Your Business & How to Avoid the Pitfalls” on 10th November 2011 (4.30 p.m. – 6.45 p.m) at Staffordshire University. More details from:

Audiences Central, the Arts Council-funded West Midlands audience-development consultancy, has announced it will cease operating at the end of March 2012.

Despite the ongoing massive cuts to the BBC production capacity in the Midlands (leaving the Midlands with just Doctors and The Archers and half the Asian Network), BBC Birmingham Drama is now…

“…searching for exceptional new and emerging writers from the Midlands who want to write drama for television. [The] Heartands [scheme] will provide an industry training and development opportunity for writers with some of the most experienced producers in the country. A shortlist will be invited to a masterclass day.”

A 30-page sample script is required, deadline: 2nd December 2011. Full details at the Web page.

An interesting and unusual conference has been announced for 2012, at the Stoke campus of Staffordshire University. Hedgerow Futures Conference 2012. One of the strands is ‘Relationship with People’, which potentially opens it up to examining countryside crafts such as a hedge-laying. Your editor can imagine creative possibilities like — a foyer photography show that documents hedge-laying traditions and survivals in the West Midlands, along with portraits of the hedge-layers, accompanied by a print-on-demand Blurb book sold at the conference. The venue will be the new Staffordshire University Science Centre, and the conference is set for a weekend in September 2012.

The succesful young children’s creativity festival called Just So now has 2012 dates for your diary. 17th – 19th August 2012, at Barnswood, near Leek, Staffordshire.

The North Staffordshire branch of the Classical Association has details online for their late-2011/2012 programme and reading groups.

Burton Writers is a new writers’ group, down at nearby Burton-on-Trent.


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