It’s been a while. My newsletter game is flagging somewhat, as these things take time compiling and we’ve all been concentrating on gathering enough work to finance more awesome stuff (sadly awesome stuff costs money, else we’d do more).
So here we are now and I thought I’d catch y’all up with what the swarm have been up to. Here’s a lovely team shot from the Dust on the Moth book launch to wet your appetite.
Darren Simpson: He’s just finished the draft of another novel, it’s presently sat in my inbox, I can’t wait to read it. He has landed himself a literary agent, so he’s currently pursuing publishing houses with his wit and words, to see if any of them have the gumption to sign him up.
Dan Layton: Dan is freelancing as a graphic designer and his portfolio is overflowing with lovely designs. He’s not done that much with the music side of things lately, besides the odd gig, though he’s possibly collaborating with Phil on an interactive media project (I can’t say more on this at present, it’s top secret).
Kirsty Fox: I have been freelancing as Communications Manager at Nottingham Writers’ Studio for nearly a year now. A super organisation to work for. I have also been freelancing as a copywriter, alongside doing bits of business mentoring. I’ve become more prolific in my writing projects of late, with two novels and one non-fic book on the go. I just got accepted to do an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, so I’m happily expecting this trend to continue.
Phil Formby: Phil is still working full time as a filmmaker and photographer at The Woodland Trust. He loves to cram his spare time though, so he’s working on a couple of interactive media projects and making a short documentary about The Photo Parlour. He is currently building a portfolio website for all his photography and film work.
Our biggest piece of news is that we’re working on producing an Arts and Literature magazine for the East Midlands, called Calligram. The magazine will aim to showcase local artists and photographers’ work, delve into the local DIY music and film scene, and deliver local literature to the masses in the way of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We’re still in the very early stages of spitballing ideas in the pub, so stay tuned for more.
Jim Alexander: As we have a new project on the go, we are welcoming wordmaster Jim to our craic team. Jim is a copywriter and editor with Writing Bug. He’s also super rock n roll as he used to roadie for Souvaris back in the day. Jim was the copy editor for The Dust on the Moth and will be working with us to bring Calligram to life.
Favourites from Round & About
Scalarama: If you’re interested in doing a DIY film night for Scalarama in September, the various local film clubs are meeting soon in Notts (28th May). Drop us an email if you wanna get involved. Free guidance is available from friendly folk if you’re uncertain about anything.
Mud Press: We attended the last ‘Mud Fest’ at Cobden Chambers a week or so ago. Mud Press are a local poetry & arts publisher who create themed anthologies and zines. This was the launch party for their ‘Woman’ edition, with tons of excellent local poets’ and illustrators’ work being showcased.
Dizzy Ink & Pop Press: Two of our favourite local printy inky businesses (who were also at Mud Fest) are now cohabiting with studios and a shop on St James’ Street. Dizzy Ink are specialists in Riso and screen printing, while Pop Press are Letterpress gurus. The shop stocks loads of lovely stationary, cards, prints and gifts from independent artists. This also brings the number of local arty independents on St James’ Street up to six, with Malt Cross Cafe Bar & Gallery, Plates Records, Dukki Designs, and Handmade Nottingham. They’ve created a joint social media account @StJamesIndies so you can keep up with all the great stuff they’re up to.
Slumb Party & TV Crime: Two ace local bands will be supporting San Francisco garage rock legends, Thee Oh Sees, this Tuesday at Rock City. I’m very excited to be going. (As always for more local gig listings for local folk check out Why Can’t We Just All Get Along.)
Blue Stockings Society: If you haven’t heard of Blue Stockings Society, they’re a long-running networking and support group for women who run small businesses in Notts. With regular meet-ups at THiNK/Kiosk and a supportive Facebook group you can use for advice and things.
Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature: City of Literature have been busy making a new website to list all the great writing and reading events and opportunities happening in our city. Sandy & Matt are great people to work with, I strongly advise getting in touch with them if you have ideas for literary events, groups or anything else. We’re very proud to be UNESCO City of Literature and that we’re getting a spanking new Central Library to boot.
That’s really all we have for now. We’re still promoting the local DIY arty/musical/filmish scene via our social media platforms, so follow for the good stuff and email us if you would like shout-out: firstname.lastname@example.org