Spring 2010

Crikey. It’s been a hectic few months round here. Recent work has included:

– FutureEverything’s City Debate, where I joined city leaders, thinkers and some very smart people in discussing what the future of Manchester should look like. I’ve recapped the discussion here.

– Running a series of blogging, webwriting and scriptwriting workshops for young people with MYVP and Littlestar Media.

– Organising a second series of free creative writing workshops across Greater Manchester for the Rainy City Stories project, made possible by the lovely people at AGMA. I’m also working on another RCS short story contest, and plotting lots of exciting RCS shenanigans for the Manchester Literature Festival in October…

– … as well as other projects involving literature, writing and technology for Openstories, the new arts organisation I’ve set up with Cathy Bolton and Chris Horkan. (May the funding fairy smile on us.)

– A big copywriting project for Marketing Manchester’s Manchester International newspaper for MIPIM, as well as a profile of Sharp project founder Sue Woodward for their MCR magazine. Also did a bit of writing for the soon-to-launch Visit Manchester website.

– Loads of writing, commissioning, editing and sub-editing for the Manchester Museums Consortium’s fabulous webmagazine Creative Tourist, which is up for several awards, doncha know? I especially enjoyed writing this piece about a fascinating exhibition at Chinese Arts Centre

– Attending a cultural leadership development day, part of the Cultural Leadership Programme run by MLA, the Arts Council and Creative and Cultural Skills. Highly recommended.

– Developing the Aggregator Project with a group of my blogging brethren, an effort to showcase the best work of  Manchester-based bloggers (online and, eventually, off. )

– Taking part in Digital Playpen, an informal digital/cultural communications group with folks from Manchester’s creative and cultural sector.

– Working with folks at the MadLab (Manchester Digital Laboratory) to develop writing, pubishing and literary events at the Edge Street space.

– Organising blog meets in Manchester and planning the 2010 Manchester Blog Awards . And, as always, doing plenty of blogging myself on my urban arts and culture blog Manchizzle.

And if that wasn’t enough, I’m expecting a new baby in August. Plenty more to get on with before maternity leave beckons!

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