ABOUT LIVING WORDS
What's happening with us right now?
BRINGING THE INSIDE OUT
Our nationwide Autumn project is now out in the world as a book. Bringing The Inside Out worked with carers, residents, and relatives to pilot working remotely with carers/activity coordinators, and for them to trial our way of working one to one with residents with a dementia. You can now purchase the book BRINGING IN THE INSIDE OUT - the words of people with a dementia, professional care staff, and relatives, about the impact of the pandemic on them all - from https://www.livingwarriorsfilms.com/store - OR - https://bookshop.canterbury.ac.uk/Bringing-the-Inside-Out-The-words-of-people-living-in-working-in-and-and-visiting-care-and-nursing-homes-across-the-UK-during-the-Covid-pandemic-2020_9781527280601 - & your order will be dispatched. We are so grateful to our funders - Arts Council England, Kent Community Foundation, FHCLCT, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Coronavirus Community Support Fund and The National Lottery for this.
Thank you Normal? Festival of the Brain community! The festival has given us something to look forward to, and helped us stay connected through the winter, lockdown months. Now we enter Spring, and Normal? Festival has celebrated the final online festival of the lockdown. This was a farewell, but also a welcome to things to come. Keep in touch, and for now, get listening to the Normal? Conversations podcast created over the festival season and see what's in the Normal? archive at www.normalfest.co.uk.
Check out the LIVING WARRIOR project and films at www.livingwarriorsfilms.com (or scroll down for the link) which were recently featured across the BBC; BBC One, BBC Kent, & BBC Big Ideas for World Suicide Prevention Day.
FACTS & FIGURES
Places our work has appeared, includes:
BBC Radio Kent
Folkestone Living Advent Calendar
Folkestone Fringe events
KCC, County Hall Maidstone
Normal? Festival of the Brain
BBC Radio 3
Central School of Speech and Drama
Central St. Martins
Free Word Centre
Gallery @OXO South Bank
Middlesex University - Improbable’s 'Global Improvisation Initiative'
National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
Queen Elizabeth Hall (South Bank Centre)
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Society of Public Health conference
Stratford Literary Festival
UK Dementia Congress
Westminster Council House
British Council, Taiwan
National Theatre of Taiwan (NTCH)
AIN at Alan Alda’s Centre for Communicating Science, New York
Our partners and funders have included:
Alzheimer's Society Ashford, Creative Folkestone, Folkestone Fringe, Folkestone Libraries, Folkestone Town Council, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, Hythe Dementia Awareness Forum, Kent County Council, Kent Community Foundation, KMPT NHS, Medway Council, Martello Fund, Profound Sound Festival, Walker Construction
Arts Council, Arts 4 Dementia, Created Out of Mind - UCL Dementia Research Centre/Wellcome, Danuta Lipinska, English PEN, FHCLCT, Mandy Barnet Associates, Resonate Arts, The Sick of The Fringe (now Something To Aim For), Wellcome, Westminster Memory Service
British Council, East Side Institute, New York
365+ Living Words Books
People who work one-to-one with one of our Living Words writers will co-create and receive a copy of their own Living Words book. Staff and family also receive a copy, and we are able to share the book with family and friends, as a pdf. Plus we have so far published 2 anthologies - 'The Things Between Us', and 'Living Warriors'.
34+ Productions, Films, Podcasts...
Helping our participants’ words reach a wider audience, we take their words and place them centre stage in our productions in theatre, performance, film, radio, installation and through our upcoming podcast venture. Check out our most recent set of films - Living Warriors.
250+ Live Events
Co-creating ‘Normal? Festival of the Brain’, we’re proud to work alongside Creative Folkestone and Folkestone Fringe to bring this festival to Kent. Watch this space for more info about the new 2020/21 programme.
In 2018 we formed a partnership with East Kent arts organisations Ideas Test, Folkestone Fringe, Future Foundry and Moving Memory. Their work is also focussed on social impact and so, led by Mandy Barnet Associates, we explored the best way for us all to evaluate our own work, in a way that also speaks to commissioners. Initially funded by KCC, this work became Culture Cubed evaluation guidelines. We look forward to sharing this way of working with organisations across the UK. #IsYourCultureCubed?