ABOUT LIVING WORDS
What's happening with us right now?
BRINGING THE INSIDE OUT
We are in the final stages of our nationwide Autumn project works with carers, residents and relatives to pilot working remotely with carers/activity coordinators, for them to trial our way of working one to one with residents with a dementia. Plus, we have worked with professional carers and relatives of residents. From 10th December you can purchase the book BRINGING IN THE INSIDE OUT - the words people with a dementia, professional care staff and relatives, about the impact of the pandemic on them all - from https://bookshop.canterbury.ac.uk . See the press release on our news page.
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.
Starting on October 10th, Normal? Festival of the Brain is going to be taking us through the coming winter. Instead of a one-weekend festival, there will be events, activities, and all sorts for us to get stuck into which explore the festival themes Growing VS Knowing, Touch, and Power. We have a brand new festival website which includes all upcoming and post-event information, festival resources - things to listen to, read, write & do at home - and a Normal? archive. Check out https://www.normalfest.co.uk/ or scroll down for the link.
Check out our new LIVING WARRIOR project and films at https://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?