Did we ever finalize the workshops for the Writing Festival? If so, I
can begin to put together a program and, once I hear from London/SU,
begin to put workshops in rooms?
How are we advertising this?
Quoting NICHOLAS POLLARD <n1ck.pollard@...
> Hi all
> I don't really have a format for the discussion of a new Fed
> organisation. The workshop I have just proposed is not that, though
> it might contribute to it. Had a chat with Lucia the other night and
> apparently she and Lynne had discussed how it might actualy be
> difficult to launch a Fed from November 3rd meeting, that it may
> take a further meeting to do this, but we could use the November 3rd
> meeting to guage interest and perhaps explore some of the things
> that we ought ot build into a new organisation. After all, there may
> be people from non FWWCP groups or people in those groups who
> weren't that enamoured of the FWWCP but who would be interested in a
> new community writing and publishing organisation without such an
> ideologically constricted title. 'Community' may yet prove to be
> another controversial term as it got rather abused during the
> Thatcher era.
> So I guess we would have to talk about
> A) do we want to set up a new organisation and what would it do
> (or set up an organisation which will find out what it might be able
> to do, given some initial ideas to explore). This would have to be
> a carefully managed discussion which aims to set out some potential
> objectives which are achievable rather than spend a lot of time
> dwelling on what has not happened before, otherwise it won't happen.
> However, we should have a feedback form for the conference which
> allows people to write these positive and negative things down so
> that we can actually collate them to inform the committee elected or
> delegated from the meeting.
> B) Who would help to form a committee to do this. It would be
> useful to perhaps identify from the people going whether there are
> people who want to take on this role, in advance, as well as take
> people from the floor.
> C) Or, failing that, we carry on until the meeting where we can
> launch the new organisation, having taken soundings at this meeting,
> where we might be in a better position to have an election, since
> we are on this list all people who are used to working with each
> other and supporting each other in making things happen. This might
> be more important now than democratic processes, it allows us to
> take other volunteers on. Everyone at this stage is going to be
> pretty much self financing until funds can be found, we are going
> to do a lot through internet and phone.
> Accommodation in London. One of the problems is going to be
> accommodation that is affordable. Close to Faraday house it is
> pretty expensive, and maybe the best bet is going to be Travel Lodge
> rooms adventurously stuffed to the gills and tubes into the
> Bloomsbury area. SU have a hotel they recommend but it isn't cheap.
> We need to get publicity out so people can save and book early and
> obtain reductions.
> Otherwise you can do naughty things like park in a residential
> street in the outskirts of London and take the tube in and out which
> is cheaper than parking in London or running into congestion
> charges. This may not be very secure but I have done this myself a
> couple of times.
> stephen oakley <sg_oakley@...> wrote:
> Hey folks
> Do we have any publicity for the Nov 3rd event beyond what's being
> discussed on this site yet? If we need help putting some together
> Room in the Roof would be happy to get involved -we can advertise
> locally and put it up on our website etc... Let us know.
> We certainly want to attend. Any ideas on accomodation Steve P?
> Can Faraday House offer anything or is it a case of finding a cheap
> Forest of Dean events sound great Roger!
> Nick, do you have a plan for the format that the 'new Fed'
> discussion will take. Do you see it being an open dialogue between
> all in attendance or is it going to run similar to the old fed exec
> meetings? Again be happy to offer what we can provide in helping out
> Ashley, can you send an invite to join this group (CWRAP) to one
> of the Room in the Roof members please?
> Her name is Elisia Mole, she's been with us from the beginning and
> is currently acting coordinator/organiser for Room in the Roof.
> She's been to Fedfests, knows the history and is keen to contribute.
> Her email is: yegods232@... cheers mate!
> All sounds great folks! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!
> Take care....
> NICHOLAS POLLARD <n1ck.pollard@...> wrote:
> Hi Steve and all
> We agreed the 3rd November. We had a plan for about 10 workshops,
> bookstalls, reading in the pub across the road, and a meeting to
> launch a new writing network in the UK. I know that one of the guys
> from Stevenage Writers has already proposed a workshop, we also had
> some outlines for others from the people on the exec, either
> themselves or people they were going to ask to contribute, and it
> would be good to get this discussion going to plan for the day. I
> guess it would be a chance to have a UK launch for the Transatlantic
> Fed book and perhaps if there are people from Syracuse coming over
> there might be people who'd want to do something about writing in
> the US.Things could be pretty slack over the summer and then we'll
> find we have the conference to organise in a couple of months. We
> need enough in place to begin publicising it as soon as possible.
> Must apologise myself for having been quiet - it has been end of
> the term, so lots of preparing paper work for the external
> examiners, added to which although I've been fortunate to not have
> been affected by the floods here in Sheffield there has been a fair
> amount of disruption, so getting into work and the power supply has
> been a problem. I'm just catching up today on stuff. One good thing
> is that I can get some of the planning for the November event done
> as work - so Sheffield Hallam University is one of our sponsors!
> While I've got this written into my IPR I haven't got any specific
> hours allocated to it...
> Good to hear the news from Room in the Roof, looks really good.
> Heard that Rosie Lugosi went over last week to see the Poetry Cafe
> people again in New York - didn't get a chance to reply in time to
> that email but it would be good to hear how that went. I've also
> just found Erica Harding's email from our visit to Syracuse and
> realised I've not been back in touch with her recently - but it
> might be good to have something at the November conference about how
> writing is organised through the unions in the US - this hasn't
> happened very much in the UK since the 1980s. In the UK it would tie
> in very well with the inclusive approaches to learning that are
> being talked about a great deal - but how do we enable it to remain
> a people's writing rather than something organised for us rather
> than by us.
> There is a lot of government rhetoric about community in the UK
> which really looks as if the time for the Fed could have been now,
> and we could, in the process of reorganising ourselves, take up some
> of these initiatives. These span health, education, even some of
> the stuff in relation to the Olympics, and it would be easy to be
> sidetracked and flannelled by the language and the presentation of
> these issues and lose the focus of sustained publishing and writing
> projects which do stuff for the people writing them. They also
> relate to the hearts and minds rhetoric in relation to the present
> worrying situation. Writing and publishing in the community may be
> part of keeping things together.
> So, paradoxically perhaps, November is really a good time to be
> organising this.
> Cheers for now
> Stephen J Parks <sjparks@...> wrote:
> Hey all,
> Steve Parks, from Syracuse University, USA. I've been talking to Nick
> about have SU host the November Writers Festival at their building in
> London -- Faraday House. Seems likes it a go, although at this moment
> I can't seem to find the date. I think it was early Nov.
> Not sure what workshops are being planned, but I expect ideas are welcome.
> Syracuse is a small city, but i'd love to hear about your work
> creating a network. We've done a bit of work here but it's been very
> slow going.
> I hope everyone is well and bearing up under the recent terror
> attacks. Hard to gauge their effect from across the ocean.
> Quoting stephen oakley <sg_oakley@...>:
>> Hi folks, hope everyone is well?!
>> Sorry it's been a while since I've mailed but things have been
>> happening up here in Burslem with the former AB Writers -we're now
>> called Room in the Roof for one thing!
>> Anyways, we're beginning to establish ourselves as a bit of a
>> presence in the city -we've had a few events in the last weeks which
>> have laid the grounds for what we hope will become a network of
>> city writing groups and musicians/artists -as well as academics
>> from Staffs Uni -we read in their roadshow and have been in touch
>> with a few of the students/lecturers on their creative writing
>> Go to www.roomintheroof.org to get a look at what we've been up
>> to/what we are up to.
>> Ashley, you asked if anyones up to anything; we are. In September
>> we're hosting our first event at the Arts School in Burslem. It's
>> nothing major, just an evening of readings, film and music
>> performances and what not, but anyone who can make it is more than
>> welcome to come along.
>> We've then got stuff coming up in December. What I'm hoping is
>> that we can make enough of a name for ourselves up here and gain
>> enough experience that if CWRAP would like to get a mini-fest or
>> something going on in Stoke (Burslem particularly) then Room in the
>> roof will be in a strong position to help facilitate it.
>> I've attached a leaflet of upcoming events for anyone who wants a look.
>> Take care all....
>> Ashley Jordan <ashley@...> wrote:
>> Hi everyone
>> Do we have a definite date for the November London MiniFest yet?
>> There is just one event listed on the calendar (a shorelink summer
>> party I posted myself a couple of minutes ago to make sure it was
>> working properly!) Can we get a few more things in there? George glad
>> to see you made it in and are finally using email the way the Universe
>> intended :-) Perhaps you'd like to add the 'Something in the Night'
>> Events to start us off?
>> And what about the other groups? Are there any events coming up that
>> CWRAP members could come along to?
>> Love and Light, Ashley
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