Added to Creative Stoke, 30th December 2011

The Stoke-on-Trent Adult Learning Course Guide for Spring 2012 is now available as an online PDF. A number of the short courses on offer are in the arts and crafts.

Added to the Directory:  Despite the demise of local architects Hulme Upright, their former employees are still here. Two of these have started a new architectural practice in North Staffordshire. Hewitt & Carr Architects is based in Cheadle and run by Mark Carr, Natalie Hewitt, and John Sambrook (who designed the local New Victoria Theatre).

Keele University in North Staffordshire currently has several studentships on offer. The PhD Studentships in the Humanities (ref: RIHUMS 2012/13) include English and Creative Writing, Cultural Studies and Literature, and Music and Music Technology. Keele also has funding for an M.A. Studentship in Creative Writing (ref: RIHUMS MA 2012/13), and an AHRC Masters in Music, MRes (ref: RIHUMS MRes 2012/13). Application deadlines are in February 2011.

Staffordshire Library Service is running a £1,000 Poetry Competition. The deadline is 28th February 2012. Entrants can be of any age, and are asked to submit a poem of no more than 40 lines — along with a cheque for an entry fee of £4. Local, national and international writers are all welcome to submit a poem. Entries should be printed and posted to: Stafford Poetry Competition, Shire Hall Library, Market Street, Stafford.

Job:  The children’s charity Spurgeons is looking for a group of experienced community artists on a Big Society project to help families affected by prison sentences. This arts project must be completed by 30th March 2012. Spurgeons will work with serving prisoners, and where possible their families, during prison visits and family days to develop “positive parenting artwork” that can be used as imagery across visitor centres within prisons in London and at HMP/YOI Drake Hall in Staffordshire. Application deadline: 18th January 2012. Full details from Jo Davis at:

Job:  Artists or workshop leaders are required for an arts day for disabled children their families and friends, in Wolverhampton on Friday 17th February 2012. Application deadline: 4th January 2012. You’ll run drop-in workshops, and funding is likely to cover two or three workshops or artists. Workshop leaders should have experience in working with disabled children. Please email an expression of interest in the first instance, with a brief description of your suggested workshop and how it could work in this setting, plus your fee. Please attach a current C.V. and website link. Max. budget: £300 including materials and travel. More details from: Christine McGowan at:

The UK Society for Storytelling’s Annual Gathering is happening in nearby Chester in 2012. The dates are 30th March – 1st April 2012, and the keynote speaker will be the novelist Alan Garner.

Bill Cash, the M.P. for Stone, has published a new book, John Bright: Statesman, Orator, Agitator, on the Victorian statesman and free-trade advocate John Bright. This major new biography is the result of fifteeen years of research. Bright was an M.P. for Stockport, and then for Birmingham for thirty years, and his ideas led directly to the Tories giving the vote to the working classes. Bright’s name lives on locally in the name of John Bright Street in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

Local author Mel Sherratt has a new novel available, Taunting The Dead. The book tells a gritty and atmospheric crime story set in Stoke-on-Trent.

‘Shooting for Success’ is a forthcoming one-day training course, to be delivered by Helga Henry of Fierce Earth, and is part of the Stoke Your Fires film festival programme. The date is 22nd February 2012, and the venue is The Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent…

“Your route to growing your business is by developing great relationships with current and potential clients. Winning more work from your existing clients while gaining new clients – and keeping all of them happy – is the way to make your future secure and helping your business grow. And if you want to deliver bigger projects and more ambitious work – one great way is to work for the public sector on large scale projects. But how do you get started? And how do you maximise your chances of winning work when tendering to the public sector?”

The event is free, with an application deadline of 31st January 2012. To obtain an application form please email:


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