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Book Review: Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Do you sometimes struggle to get into a creative groove? Twyla Tharp’s thoughtful and considered approach to her own practice is presented here in a way that makes it accessible and valuable for any creative endeavours. Here’s my review of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life. [This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click through and buy the product I will receive a small amount in return at no extra expense to yourself. All opinions, however,  ...

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Congratulations, Stoke-on-Trent – Shortlisted for City of Culture 2021!

Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted for City of Culture, 2021! It was with nervous anticipation that I sat waiting for the 10pm special show on BBC Radio Stoke to start on Friday night. Usually at this time the station would be streaming shows from the wider area as their own local programming had finished for the evening. But this was no ordinary day. And Stoke-on-Trent was waiting for a very special announcement. Why the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport) had decided  ...

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The Shire Hall Gallery Closure, Or Why We All Need To Support the Arts

So this weekend saw the closure of an iconic, for me at least, Stafford arts venue, The Shire Hall Gallery.ย It is a tragedy that the Shire Hall is to close, but before we waste our energy appropriating blame externally perhaps we have to ask ourselves what we personally did to prevent this. I donโ€™t mean this is an accusatory tone, as this is something that with not much soul-searching I can admit to having a deep well of guilt about. For the last six years I have been all-consumed by my  ...

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Arts, Events, and Exhibitions – July 2017

Here is my pick of arts, events, and exhibitions happening this month. I would love to hear your own suggestions in the comments. Manchester International Festival 29th June – 16th July, various venues across Manchester Manchester is a city of culture. Having been to university there for several years I can attest to the diverse and spectacular events that the city hosts. The Manchester International Festival is a biennial that celebrates this heritage as well as bringing together  ...

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