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During this time of the public health crisis this calendar has been suspended and not updated.  For the meantime there are no public Ragged University events and the advice to not gather in public is recommended.  Stay safe, stay social, try to stay at a physical distance, use a mask (like they do in operating theatres). Hopefully this will be behind us soon enough but for the meantime we have to collectively find ways of having meaningful interactions via the digital or at a distance.

 

Jan
31
Tue
How to make the most out of international exhibitions – 31 January 2017 @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office, Apex 1
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
How to make the most out of international exhibitions - 31 January 2017 @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office, Apex 1 | Scotland | United Kingdom

We’re running three workshops over January 2017 in Edinburgh and Glasgow for companies in the technology and engineering sectors, including software, digital media, laser technology and high-value engineering companies.

If you’re attending international exhibitions for the first time or need a refresher to help improve your exhibition skills and planning activities to get the most out of your international exhibition attendance, then this workshop is for you.

The GDC preparation workshop is unmissable. You would be doing yourself, your company and your GDC experience a disservice by not attending. It’s a great day packed full of interesting facts and chats and leaves you with a lot of to do lists. Even if you think you are fully prepared for GDC and the wider business world, come along. You will learn something.

Simon Messer, CEO, Wee Door

Each workshop will run over a day, from 9.30am – 4.30pm

  • Tuesday 31 January – Edinburgh

We’ll ensure you:

  • Have a compelling elevator pitch in place
  • Are able to use all the marketing and social media tools available to promote their presence at the international exhibition.

We’ll help you:

  • Create a concise international exhibition and marketing plan and model for your business to get the most out of key international exhibitions
  • Develop a compelling elevator pitch that will really promote your business to your targeted international audiences

Agenda

  • International exhibition research and preparation – how do you go about research, finding and preparing for the important international exhibitions for your business – and once there, making sure you make the most of each one
  • An elevator pitch that gets results – you need to stand out from the crowd and ensure you get your key messages across to your audience – the workshop will take you through how you get pitch perfect for your international customers
  • International exhibition marketing – will ensure you are aware of all the marketing and social media tools available and how to use them most effectively to get noticed at an international exhibition

Here’s how we helped companies prepare for Games Developers Conference in 2016:

  • “More confident in preparations now – have action plan” – Byte Token
  • “Without this programme Late Panda would be significantly less prepared for GDC” – Late Panda

Meet the experts

The workshop will be delivered by David Gass and Stephen Whitelaw of Upper Quartile. Guest speaker Mel Sherwood will take you through how to create and deliver the Pitchtastic Elevator Pitch.

David Gass – facilitator

David is the lead partner for Upper Quartile in the delivery of its export support programmes for SDI, and has worked extensively in the international market place over the last 20 years. He has led the delivery of over 50 Preparing to Export workshops, and worked with a range of clients and sectors in Scotland in developing their export proposition and sales. This included how companies can best prepare and get the most out of international exhibitions and market visits.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, David also works extensively for the United Nations International Trade Centre in Geneva.

Stephen Whitelaw – facilitator

Stephen is an industry influencer on both sides of the Atlantic on web and internet technologies, social media, and e-brand building. A regular keynote speaker to Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Cisco, Microsoft and GroupOn, he has extensive international experience having setup companies in USA, UK, The Netherlands, Russia and Malaysia over a 10 year period.

Stephen has worked with a large number of companies in multiple sectors helping them to develop both international marketing strategies and business export plans.

Mel Sherwood – guest speaker

Mel Sherwood is a pitch and presentation specialist who prepares ambitious entrepreneurs and business professionals to take centre stage. She encourages entrepreneurs to embrace the spotlight and present with more confidence, credibility and conviction. She is a multi-award winning speaker, trainer and coach and the founder of Grow Your Potential, which specialises in supporting individuals and organisations to design and deliver winning pitches and presentations.

Mel’s background includes over 20 years’ experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has also worked as an actor, presenter and singer.

Cost

The workshop is free to Scottish companies and is part funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis Allowance.

Feb
7
Tue
Craft Exporter Forum by Craft Scotland and Scottish Enterprise @ Scottish Enterprise Apex 1
Feb 7 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Craft Exporter Forum by Craft Scotland and Scottish Enterprise @ Scottish Enterprise  Apex 1 | Scotland | United Kingdom

Starting to think about trading in Europe, USA or beyond? Already exporting and want to grow your business? Our jam-packed workshop has got you covered.

Come along to the Craft Exporter Workshop and hear from two makers who have successfully done it. Get practical export tips from Karen Mabon of accessories brand Karen Mabon and Priscilla Parry from interiors brand Clock House Furniture.

If you’re getting ready for a trade show or just come back from one, the ideas you will learn here will help you maximise your trip.

In the second session, you will learn how to sell internationally through your Ecommerce website (or online marketplace like Etsy). Or if you have already started with Ecommerce learn how to increase your current UK and international sales.

Discover opportunities to grow your craft business beyond Scotland at this free international forum hosted by Craft Scotland and Scottish Development International.

Session 1: Craft Exporter Forum

Hear from our guest speakers, they will share their experiences and challenges of selling internationally. From entrepreneurial Scottish small-to-medium enterprises, our speakers will share their valuable knowledge of growing a craft business without sacrificing quality. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session with the guest speakers during the forum.

This is a great opportunity for you to network with other like-minded makers in Scotland.

You will also hear from an International Trade Adviser at Scottish Development International. They will go through the services available to companies who wish to expand their business overseas from Scottish Development International.

Speaker Bios

British based designer Karen Mabon presents a beguiling collection of scarves and sleepwear laced with the unexpected. Establishing her eponymous label in 2013 after attending London’s Royal College of Art, Karen’s work received instant recognition with a raft of stockists around the world, coverage in titles such as Vogue and Grazia, and regular commissions from clients ranging from the V&A and Lush Cosmetics to the Natural History Museum and broadcaster Dawn O’Porter. Karen Mabon has numerous stockists abroad including Anthropologie and Bloomingdales.

Clock House Furniture have been manufacturing furniture since 1989, and first exhibited abroad in about 1995. They employ 16 people in a workshop near Haddington making bespoke upholstered furniture. They also make a specialist line of Antler furniture, which is extremely popular with the export market, and is one of the main reasons they continue to exhibit abroad. The main trade show they visit is Maison & Objet in Paris, and they also have exhibited at Frankfurt, Cologne, Moscow, USA and Ireland.

Refreshments and Lunch will be provided

Session 2: How To Increase Your International Sales Online

Get practical support to start selling internationally or increase your UK and international sales through your Ecommerce website. This highly interactive workshop will show you ways to win more international business over the web, develop your digital skills and knowledge to create an action plan for success.

Whilst sales are obviously the number one goal, international Ecommerce can also help your professional practice in other ways. International Ecommerce can help you raise brand awareness, gain a presence in other countries and test the water without major investment.

What will you learn?

  • Gain more international enquiries and customers through your website and digital channels
  • Develop an appropriate digital strategy to grow your international business
  • Focus on international customer needs and improve your sites international profile
  • Improve your websites ranking in international search engines and find out how search engine optimisation (SEO) and social media works in different countries
  • Address language considerations and learn how to localise your website
  • Learn how to use free tools to assess and validate market opportunities
  • Get practical support on using the best channels to target those markets

Partners

This event is run in partnership by Craft Scotland and Scottish Development International.

Digital Tourism Scotland

This event is part of the Digital Tourism Scotland (DTS) Programme. A coordinated digital support programme developed to support the tourism sector. The programme is a partnership, led by Scottish Enterprise and developed with VisitScotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Business Gateway, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Government, and Skills Development Scotland.

Feb
21
Tue
ETAG Technology Tuesday: Run your tourism business more efficiently using apps @ Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue
Feb 21 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
ETAG Technology Tuesday: Run your tourism business more efficiently using apps @  Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue | Scotland | United Kingdom

Stephen Whitelaw has 35 years of business experience with over 20 years in internet technologies and digital marketing. Stephen has delivered numerous digital tourism workshops including presentations internationally on the future of the web. For more information about Stephen, visit his LinkedIn profile – This opens in a new window.

ETAG maintains a 48 hour cancellation policy. We are unable to offer refunds for bookings cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the event. This event will be in high demand and places are limited to one attendee per company. ETAG events are aimed at tourism businesses within Edinburgh who operate on a B2C (business to consumer) or B2B (business to business) basis – unfortunately, we can’t offer place to intermediaries, consultants or suppliers of services. Registering for ETAG events means you may be contacted in regards to future ETAG activity, events or market intelligence.

This event is delivered in collaboration with Digital Tourism Scotland

 

Content covered will include:

  • Point of sale, ticketing, accommodation, trip and restaurant bookings
  • Augmented reality
  • Beacon rechnology
  • Audio guide and visitor attractions
  • The rise of messenger and livechat
  • Visitor attraction apps

Schedule

  • 8.30 Registration, breakfast and networking
  • 9.00 Presentation and Q&A
  • 10.00 Networking
  • 10.30 Close
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office
Feb 21 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office | Scotland | United Kingdom

Are you a Scottish craft and premium brewing company? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

It’s the perfect primer if you’re thinking about international growth. Get practical help on international market research, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, labelling, your international pricing strategy and what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You’ll also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your business and have the opportunity to network with other craft and premium beer businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.

Register now to start your export plan  – This opens in a new window

When and where?

Our Preparing to Export introductory workshops are run over two days and will be held at Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh. You’ll need to attend both workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are from 9.30am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017

Scottish Enterprise’s Preparing to Export Programme is fully funded to Scottish companies and is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.


What’s covered?

Day one: Tuesday 21 February

Session one: Market analysis and planning

  • The export market opportunity for the craft brewery sector
  • Overview of the sector in Scotland, referencing priority markets and any current SDI sector plans in place
  • Company readiness and capacity for exporting
  • Planning for successful exporting
  • The importance of good export market research and useful sources of research – ovverview of the international beer markets, and emerging consumer trends
  • Target export markets and prioritisation of the market opportunities

Session two: Market entry

  • Hear from an inspirational company from the craft brewing sector in Scotland on their journey into exporting.
  • Explore the different routes to market including direct and indirect routes to market – what are the different options for craft brewers to get their product to their international market of choice
  • Use of intermediaries – agents, distributors, international wholesalers, consolidators and consumer marketplaces
  • Learn how to identify and appoint the right export partners
  • Develop your export proposition and presentation for international buyers
  • International marketing including the use of the internet and social media, exhibitions and trade shows and market visits for the craft and premium beer sector

Day two: Wednesday 22 February      

Session one: Legal and technical Issues

  • Costing and pricing for export markets, and how to get paid
  • International logistics and distribution considerations – the role of the freight forwarder and consolidator within your export sale
  • Labelling, packaging and bar coding for international markets – focusing on labelling and packing for the craft brewing sector
  • HMRC overview – documentation and duty issues how to calculate relevant customs duties and how to locate appropriate tariff codes for different markets
  • Cultural considerations including language
  • Summary of support available for companies to get them started on their export journey

Session two: One-to-one company support and preparation of Export Action Plan

  • All attendees will be helped to prepare an Export Action Plan to help them to achieve their objectives and understand how this fits into their overall strategy for export
  • Presentation of individual Export Action Plans and feedback

Meet our expert facilitators

Ewan Ramsay

Ewan is a Senior Associate of Upper Quartile LLP and highly experienced international trade consultant with over 16 years’ experience in export markets, and he has worked with a range of food and drink companies in researching and developing export market opportunities. He has worked with the SDI Food and Drink team in terms of global insights and assisting a range of Scottish drinks companies with their international trade opportunities and technical export queries, as well as working with a range of food and drink companies to develop their export strategies.

Ewan has worked extensively in overseas markets including North America, Belgium and the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, and the Scandinavian markets. He is a senior member of the Upper Quartile team who deliver the Preparing to Export workshops across Scotland, and he is head of International Trade at Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

Nataliia Hinde

Nataliia is an Associate Consultant with Upper Quartile, and has over 10 years’ experience in export markets, working primarily for a range of food and drink companies in Scotland. She is a highly experienced exporter and has worked with the craft brewer and distiller sector extensively over the years, representing companies at a variety of trade shows and exhibitions, and working with the companies to develop and implement their approach to export markets.

Nataliia has delivered a range of workshops and project support to food and drink companies in helping them plan and develop effective export strategies, particularly companies new to export markets, and will often work with the individual companies to take them into export markets for the first time.

Feb
22
Wed
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Take your local brew international @ Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh Office | Scotland | United Kingdom

Are you a Scottish craft and premium brewing company? Get ready to grow your business abroad with our help.

It’s the perfect primer if you’re thinking about international growth. Get practical help on international market research, routes to market and international finance, contracts and logistics.

What are the benefits?

  • How to effectively research and exploit international opportunities
  • What market entry options are right for your business
  • How to effectively navigate export documentation, labelling, your international pricing strategy and what currency to be paid in
  • How to develop your value proposition for your international customer
  • Next steps for your business

You’ll also benefit from having the resources to develop your own online international action plan to implement into your business and have the opportunity to network with other craft and premium beer businesses.

Create your export plan

We’ll help you create an export plan – an online working document that will be secure and confidential for you and your business. You’ll be able to edit your plan at any time and download it as a PDF or Word document. Once complete, you can send your plan to your designated adviser for feedback and comment.

Good news is you can you start using the tool right away.

Register now to start your export plan  – This opens in a new window

When and where?

Our Preparing to Export introductory workshops are run over two days and will be held at Scottish Enterprise offices in Edinburgh. You’ll need to attend both workshops to complete the programme.

Workshops are from 9.30am to 4pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 21 February 2017
  • Wednesday 22 February 2017

Scottish Enterprise’s Preparing to Export Programme is fully funded to Scottish companies and is part-funded through the European Structural and Investment Funds (Investing in a Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Future). You should note that this support is a form of state aid, and on attendance it will count towards your overall De Minimis allowance.


What’s covered?

Day one: Tuesday 21 February

Session one: Market analysis and planning

  • The export market opportunity for the craft brewery sector
  • Overview of the sector in Scotland, referencing priority markets and any current SDI sector plans in place
  • Company readiness and capacity for exporting
  • Planning for successful exporting
  • The importance of good export market research and useful sources of research – ovverview of the international beer markets, and emerging consumer trends
  • Target export markets and prioritisation of the market opportunities

Session two: Market entry

  • Hear from an inspirational company from the craft brewing sector in Scotland on their journey into exporting.
  • Explore the different routes to market including direct and indirect routes to market – what are the different options for craft brewers to get their product to their international market of choice
  • Use of intermediaries – agents, distributors, international wholesalers, consolidators and consumer marketplaces
  • Learn how to identify and appoint the right export partners
  • Develop your export proposition and presentation for international buyers
  • International marketing including the use of the internet and social media, exhibitions and trade shows and market visits for the craft and premium beer sector

Day two: Wednesday 22 February      

Session one: Legal and technical Issues

  • Costing and pricing for export markets, and how to get paid
  • International logistics and distribution considerations – the role of the freight forwarder and consolidator within your export sale
  • Labelling, packaging and bar coding for international markets – focusing on labelling and packing for the craft brewing sector
  • HMRC overview – documentation and duty issues how to calculate relevant customs duties and how to locate appropriate tariff codes for different markets
  • Cultural considerations including language
  • Summary of support available for companies to get them started on their export journey

Session two: One-to-one company support and preparation of Export Action Plan

  • All attendees will be helped to prepare an Export Action Plan to help them to achieve their objectives and understand how this fits into their overall strategy for export
  • Presentation of individual Export Action Plans and feedback

Meet our expert facilitators

Ewan Ramsay

Ewan is a Senior Associate of Upper Quartile LLP and highly experienced international trade consultant with over 16 years’ experience in export markets, and he has worked with a range of food and drink companies in researching and developing export market opportunities. He has worked with the SDI Food and Drink team in terms of global insights and assisting a range of Scottish drinks companies with their international trade opportunities and technical export queries, as well as working with a range of food and drink companies to develop their export strategies.

Ewan has worked extensively in overseas markets including North America, Belgium and the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, and the Scandinavian markets. He is a senior member of the Upper Quartile team who deliver the Preparing to Export workshops across Scotland, and he is head of International Trade at Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

Nataliia Hinde

Nataliia is an Associate Consultant with Upper Quartile, and has over 10 years’ experience in export markets, working primarily for a range of food and drink companies in Scotland. She is a highly experienced exporter and has worked with the craft brewer and distiller sector extensively over the years, representing companies at a variety of trade shows and exhibitions, and working with the companies to develop and implement their approach to export markets.

Nataliia has delivered a range of workshops and project support to food and drink companies in helping them plan and develop effective export strategies, particularly companies new to export markets, and will often work with the individual companies to take them into export markets for the first time.

Circular Economy: Managing Resources Responsibly @ Out of the Blue Drillhall
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Circular Economy: Managing Resources Responsibly @   Out of the Blue Drillhall | Scotland | United Kingdom

Scotland aspires to being a Circular Economy Nation – what does this mean for our economy, our civil society and citizens? How can we contribute? What impact might this approach have in reducing carbon emissions? What initiatives are leading the way?

The following speakers will set the scene followed by an opportunity for participants to set the agenda / explore ways forward.

  • Sophie Unwin, Remade in Edinburgh
  • Ylva Haglund, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Mike Turner / Fran Hutchinson, Swap & Reuse Hub (SHRUB) Co-operative.

Book online at https://te-22feb.eventbrite.co.uk

Please Like and Share on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/257172458011353

Mar
21
Wed
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for “Rent Arrears” @ Leith Library
Mar 21 @ 5:45 pm
Solidarity with Homeless Lone Parent Being Taken to Court by Council for "Rent Arrears" @ Leith Library

Meet 5.45pm this Wed 21 March at Leith Library, 28-30 Ferry Rd, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
To go to Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery which starts at 6pm

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty can now give more details of this Wednesdays very important solidarity call-out.

Meet 5.45pm this coming Wednesday at Leith Library to support homeless lone parent D at Council Leader Adam McVey’s surgery.  We will be insisting that the Council drop the court action against her.  Incredibly CEC are taking her to court to force her to pay 4,100 pounds in supposed rent arrears, all of which should be covered by Housing Benefit.

Because of these false “rent arrears” D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council.  The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits and no significant savings.   Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council are now persecuting her via lawyers and the courts.  This is an all too common example of the Council’s contempt for working class people, denying rights and acting oppressively.  Are we going to let them away with this?

Edinburgh Claimants/ Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty told D’s local councillors about this injustice on 13 February, and have been pursuing the issue since then.  We contacted the council leader’s office late last week.  Still they refuse to drop the court action.  When those in power will not listen to reason, we believe the most effective action is for people to join together and take action, as the North Edinburgh mums have shown in their inspiring actions over the last year.

We demand:

Cancel the court action against D, to recover supposed rent arrears
Pay full Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to D for the whole period of her Link tenancy
Ensure D and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis

This action will definitely go ahead unless we get a written assurance from the Council that the court action against D is cancelled – watch out for email updates, which we aim to send by tuesday late afternoon/ early evening at latest.

ECAP sees actions like this as vital in giving solidarity to people at the sharp end of Edinburgh’s housing crisis, and also essential as part of the process of building a movement to assert that a good home is a right for all

No to Austerity – People not Profit

Jun
14
Thu
Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @ Talbot Rice Gallery
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ragged University: Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’ @  Talbot Rice Gallery  | Scotland | United Kingdom

Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 30th April 2018 from 11 am – 1pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery and a talk by James Clegg…

 

Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’

Trading Zone is a group exhibition that stems from a desire to explore the diversity of student practice taking place across the University of Edinburgh. Led by a process of discovery, it evolved through an engagement with the work of over 300 students, including those from disciplines as seemingly far apart as Archaeology, Business, Design and Music.

The resulting exhibition includes a fabulous array of different artworks, including virtual data-landscapes retrieved from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, mushroom built Gothic spires and explorations of the earth-born cracks and tangles of our language systems. Featuring students of Architecture, Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Fine Art, History of Art, Creative Writing, Digital Composition and Performance, Music, Creative Music Practice, Design, Design Informatics and Intermedia.

 

The talk will cover

Talbot Rice Gallery’s current student exhibition Trading Zone.
The importance of contemporary artists using every technology and material available to them in order to engage with the diversity of our world.
The importance of interdisciplinary learning and discovery.
The themes of some of the works in the exhibition including: The intelligence of organic cultures, the history of the Gallery’s architectural space, post-apocalyptic LIDAR images and the embodied evolution of design ideas.

 

 

 

Lunch will kindly be provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery as arranged by James…

Sep
12
Thu
Ragged University: ‘Freedom in the Fridge’ – plus – ‘Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback’ @ The Castle Hotel
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ragged University: 'Freedom in the Fridge' - plus - 'Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback' @ The Castle Hotel | England | United Kingdom

Come along at 7pm to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester, M4 1LE) for two talks, relaxed company and a chance to discover something new.  Free event and all are welcome; put yer feet up yar at yer aunties..

 

Freedom in the Fridge by Sara Louise Dobson

Freedom in the Fridge is the notion of an individual’s freedom being right there in front of them, much like every day when opening the fridge door trying to find the one thing you need in that moment but unable able to see or feel it until someone or something else points it out.

It takes the audience through a journey from relying on landlords and energy suppliers, to owning your own home, developing new skills and learning to live a life on water. It talks through the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows (there are many of each!) and how I dealt with it all. Prepare for a water-based education, filled with love, laughter and the occasional tears…

CLICK HERE for more information

 

– Some food will be provided and everyone is invited to bring an item to put on the table and take something away at the end so that nothing goes to waste.  Bring what you enjoy –

 

 

Butterfly Kisses from the Hunchback (whilst driving on the M6) by Craig Hammond

In one sense, this is a talk about boredom; routine, confinement and disappointment; on reaching a goal and forgetting the purpose for striving. But this is also a talk about hope; about memory, music, and the potential for rediscovery and transformation. Utilising Bloch’s concept of the Trace, Augé’s reflections on travel, and Benjamin’s poignant ruminations on the Hunchback, this talk will be an autobiographical exposition of a journey towards continued (and continual) transformation.

CLICK HERE for more information