Some tweets for National Poetry Day

Its #nationalpoetryday so a perfect oppotunity to mention That @MurrayLYoung @arunghosh wonderful The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps over on @SoundCloud . Put the headphones on, grab a candle, go all gothic and enjoy https://t.co/muIYoDxrIb pic.twitter.com/9JduRWsUWA — The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (@CrispinClumps) October 1, 2020 The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps was told through a play, a book, an audio book, a VR and tablet game! You can play the tablet game on google here – go on have a go! https://t.co/FiCB3AFLpe @MurrayLYoung @MBDtweet #NationalPoetryDay win pic.twitter.com/SucfdpkbdP — The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (@CrispinClumps) October 1, 2020 To run alongside The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps @MurrayLYoung @MBDtweet worked with Assistant Head Emily Smith at #Brightlingsea Primary School to create some great resources for young people. Find them here https://t.co/WjCMVV3YzI #nationalpoetryday pic.twitter.com/UGEL9fkgRo — The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (@CrispinClumps) October 1, 2020 During #Covid19 poet @MurrayLYoung has been busy making – here is his brilliant 'Shopping' with @paulhartnoll858 of @orbitalband https://t.co/pmLt28AsK9 #nationalpoetryday @poetrydayuk — The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (@CrispinClumps) October 1, 2020 And this is @MurrayLYoung zany collaboration with #Blabbermouth ON THE SEVENTH DAY https://t.co/D0bkrDeHFm …. tea and biscuits anyone? #nationalpoetryday @PoetryDayUK — The Mystery of the Raddlesham Mumps (@CrispinClumps) October 1, 2020 And we are so EXCITED to say we will be announcing our new project with @MurrayLYoung @ATTtweet @easternangles @MBDtweet in just a couple of weeks. And just to warm us up for that here is Murray's LYCRA DAD https://t.co/sLaUfUTGu3 @PoetryDayUK #nationalpoetryday …

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Kickstart – my notes on how to get involved

I’ve tweeted before about how important I feel it is that as many Arts Organisations engage with HMUK Kick Start scheme (a scheme providing funding to employers to create 6 month job placements for unemployed 16 – 24 year olds). The scheme aims to give young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find employment. I may not agree with the politics but what is abundantly clear is that the after effects of the pandemic may prevent 100’s, perhaps 1000’s of young people entering the creative industries over the next few years. Anything we can do to prevent that happening we should surely do. So its been frustrating up to now that practically every arts organisation in the country will have been excluded from the scheme not only by the terrible times we are having but by the requirement that every application had to be for 30 or more placements. Information on umbrella bodies was unsurprisingly vague. However information about the umberella bodies is beginning to change On the 18th Sept HMUK published a list of organisations who were prepared to act on behalf of a group of organizations. You can find that list here. but as a short cut here are the three ‘hosts’ I am aware of which provide a dedicated cultural offer Host /umbrella organisation Contact E Mail Mighty Creatives (National, Bridge Org for East Mids, YP focused) Nick …

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A fringe reimagined

I’ve been thinking about @edfringe a lot recently – not least cos its August and I’m not there pounding the streets and trying to catch as many shows as is feasibly possible in a day. I love #edfringe. I’ve had so many great times up there in so many different guises – not least as a producer with shows including Nina a story about me and Nina Simone (2017), Chicken (2015), I heart Peterborough. In fact my career effectively started when as a twenty-something I foolishly decided I could make a success of turning a masonic lodge into a fringe venue. But that’s another story for another day! Whats been bugging me though in this current Edinburgh free void is that I – and in reality the theatre industry – have year on year perpetuated the myth of @edfringe . In recent years the true costs of the fringe for artists, the often difficult (near impossible) conditions and the mental health impacts have all been openly talked and written about. The reality of #covid19 is heralding fresh thinking from venues and the @edfringe itself – the festivals (not just the fringe) are looking to build back better. But maybe this enforced break might help us press pause on our annual pilgramage North . Especially as these days there are now more and more new work / fringe style festivals where the artists & their work is what’s important, where care is taken, where work is supported & well presented. Where …

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Making, making, making.

So this Monday I had cause to tweet this Actually in a production meeting at the moment – stupidly excited to be working on The Chronicles of Atom and Luna – part 1 with @MurrayLYoung @Nina_Haj @MBDtweet Bek Palmer et al. Part 1 is a digital release for Christmas, part 2 the live stuff the following year!— Matthew Linley (@MatthewLinley) August 10, 2020 That was rapidly followed by this:- Delighted to see an #EIRA-funded @CrispinClumps project with @MurrayLYoung has been featured in the @BBSRC Impact Showcase Report (p9) https://t.co/8rhPMeAfWx The project team have gone on to work with Facebook Reality Labs to study how people can use #VR to judge distance.— EIRA (@EIRA_eARC) August 10, 2020 So just as we embark on a new journey more recognition of the success – and perhaps importantly – impact of our Raddlesham Mumps project! In reality the Raddlesham Mumps team (and in particular Murray, Nina, Bek, Joe and Simone) haven’t actually stopped since Covid struck. We’d begun the creative process on our new project (thanks to Arts Council England and lottery players up and down the country) at Kirkgate Arts in Cockermouth. Then lock down happened and sent us scurrying into zoom rooms to further develop the story of the twins Atom and Luna. What happened on Monday though was a shift in gear. We went from that moment of incubation (we’ve got an idea, lets play around with it and see what happens) to now we are making a thing. The thing …

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Wivenhoe and Rowhedge launch BLM IN THE STIX.

(main photograph credit – Jake Harvey and Rebecca Lowden instagram@sunflower.and.spider) #Activists from either side of the Colne have been succesfully organising a campaign to fight racism in rural communities. The launch of the programme took place last Saturday in Rowhedge and Wivenhoe. Media coverage of the event can be found here: Guardian online: https://bit.ly/3fFyToD , BBC Look East. https://bbc.in/3io6gOB , Colchester Gazette and Colne Radio. For all the latest media coverage see here (updated regularly) The first of our resources: our introductory leaflet aimed at white people who want to support #blm outside cities. To create real change, we need everyone to commit to becoming anti-racist. If you’d like the pdf or print version to share, please email blminthestix@gmail.com. pic.twitter.com/g4cWbbvw0T— blminthestix (@blminthestix) August 11, 2020 BLM IN THE STIX is about connecting rural communities together, sharing resources and supporting each other. To kickstart the campaign is putting together an entry level guide for white people in rural areas to help them take action against racism – to move from being not racist to anti-racist. The ultimate aim is work with similar groups collaboratviely across the country to develop a larger toolkit and more resources (already from Saturday’s launch there is interest from groups in Falmouth, Deal and several Councils across Suffolk and Norfolk). For all the latest resources see here The launch included this brief and powerful performance by writer and performer A L Kennedy “So what I’m hoping is that I can be an ally, a visible ally, then …

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Maria Marten – trapped in music

It’s a funny business being a theatre producer right now. One moment I’m feeling positive and upbeat, the next I’m focusing on the futility of it all. I’m reaching out to colleagues across the industry with words about art and creativity and a new future, whilst they are battling for survival, trying to keep people’s jobs alive and much-loved organisations open. As one wrote to me today ‘we will absorb when we come up for air’ . This is not a happy time. I say all this as I’ve been pulling together a fresh tour for The Ballad of Maria Marten, Eastern Angles and Stephen Joseph Theatre’s critically acclaimed show written by Beth Flintoff which I produced in February 2020. A show we hope – Covid willing – to retour in Autumn 2021. Seeds have to be sown! As I’ve worked I’ve taken the opportunity to revisit a wee spotify play list I made when I originally worked on the show (listen here). Music has this remarkable ability to keep focus going, and energies up – and so it has been today! Listening again to these interpretations reminded me of the post I wrote for the EA blog about how Maria’s history (but not necessarily herstory) has been preserved in song. It remains one of the most popular murder ballads in the English tradition. She first appeared on a broadside ballad as early as 1828 (a year after her murder) published by James Catnach a Berwick on Tweed born printer …

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A fresh look..

Having resisted for rather a long time I have finally succumbed to a new brand for Matthew Linley Creative Projects. Big thank you to Emma Martin Arts Marketing and designer Rebecca (Bex) Pitt for going on this particular journey with me!

A creative challenge for the young people of Wivenhoe!

Off the Rails has just taken delivery of LOTS of rainbow coloured paper – both A2 (really big) and A3 not quite so big!) size! That’s because we want to create a new exhibition on Platform 2, so that the key workers and others having to use the trains right now have something bright and cheery to look at while they are waiting for their train.So we have a little call out for any budding artists out there who’d like to help us brighten their days with some art! The brief is simple….We’d like you to draw, paint or collage a picture that either… *Says a big thank you to our keyworkers… *Is a picture of hope for the future… *Or does both those things! We’d also love you to hide a rainbow in your picture somewhere so passengers can play “where’s the hidden rainbow” whilst they wait for their train! For info: A3 card will be displayed PORTRAIT (long edge at the sides) with 4 images per frame A2 card will be displayed LANDSCAPE (that’s short edges at the sides) with 2 images per frame If you’d like to be part of the exhibition, you can order some card by emailing me at linleymatt@gmail.com or message me via the Off the Rails facebook page! Let me know how many pieces you want and what size, and I’ll happily cycle round and drop the card off. And when you’re done you can let me know and we’ll arrange collection, and …

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Raddlesham Mumps Activities for Young People

The team behind the Raddlesham Mumps are currently making their new show. And we need your help! More precisely we need your young peoples help! Here we all are in our online rehearsal room We want you to think about Old Mother Redbeard. One of the main characters in the story…but because of this lock down we cant go and find her, we cant go and see where she lives. But we do know she lives deep in the heart of the forest. So we would love you to draw us a map which takes us to her home, deep in the forest somewhere that has never been discovered. And we’d like you in your map to show us the obstacles that Luna and Atom have to overcome in getting to Old Mother Redbeard. We’d love you to draw the map in any way you like – you can use pictures or words – and the last thing we want you to do is to tell us what the truth is that the children discover when they finally get to where Old Mother Redbeard lives. Here we are again talking about some of the things we think we know about Old Mother Redbeard:- , Send your maps and drawings to funnilwicklimb@gmail.com – we cant wait to see them! You can also find some more Raddlesham Mumps themed activities over on our web pages. There are digital versions on the MBD site here https://www.mbd.limited/education and downloadable worksheets on the Raddlesham Mumps …

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