Countdown to The Gifting #WeLoveDN #DoncasterIsGreat

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There’s less than a week to go until The Gifting – 6pm~10pm, Saturday 23rd November, at Church View – and although it’s a DIY festival celebrating the Gift Economy, we thought we’d better give you a bit of a taster regarding some of the people who have confirmed they’re involvement so you know what to expect…

Once again the mysterious Jack the Stag will be making an appearance and ‘gifting’ us his wonderful parachute stage for the evening…

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As well as the parachute stage the Naughty Little Pixies will be bringing two yurts (filled with the gifts of love, peace and anarchy) which will create two more performance spaces; one typically Pixie and the other a child friendly creative space.

There will, of course, be another blazing fire… expertly lit (with pyros!..) by representatives from the wonderful Mr Fox.

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And there will be more vegan foodie treats from the uber-talented Joie Rachel Carruthers and the visionary Allegra Hawksmoor… but don’t let this stop you gifting food of your own 😉

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Music will take many forms including performances from The Last Politician himself, Mr Ian Walker, and an exciting new musical project from Rachel Horne & Jon Kelly.

Once again Tim Lee will be burning the banks (or his bank statements at least)…

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And there will be visual art pieces including giant interactive tapestries from Abi Nielsen and I (Warren Draper) will be inviting people to create an artwork from some of my old posters and wheaties… if you don’t know what a wheatie is then you’ll just have to come along and find out! 😉

We’ll be mentioning more of the confirmed acts in the coming week, but always remember that the most important thing with The Gifting is what YOU are going to bring/gift to the event.

If you’re a Telling newbie then these links will give you an idea about what’s in store…

Part 1…

Warren Draper

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Carrying the Fire 2013

In association with The Dark Mountain Project and Wiston Lodge

14th-16th June

at Wiston Lodge near Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

An intimate festival of ideas, poetry, music, and performance. Exploring the connections between the arts, ecology and cultural resilience.

With talks/performances from:

Jay Griffiths, Author of ‘Wild’ and ‘Kith’

Sara Maitland, author of ‘Gossip from the Forest’

Chris Fremantle, EcoArt Scotland

‘Metaforestry’

Mairi Campbell & Em Strang

Dark Mountain “feels like the beginning of the story of the world. Not a world shaped by politicians or by global corporations, but by storytellers and singers who make us feel at home on the earth.”Charlotte Du Cann, The Independent    

For further information go to: carryingthefire.co.uk

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The Disobedient Child

stagheadAs you may or may not know (possibly not, given how lax I’ve been at blogging lately), since, ooh, sometime last year, I’ve been involved in the most awesome, inspiring, wonderful and fun project, called the Telling. Or possibly, For The Telling. Whatever. Whenever people have asked me “So, what’s The Telling then?” I’ve been completely at a loss to explain. I’d say, Well, it’s a kind of post-apocalyptic storytelling event, and we’ve got some music too, and some other stuff. What do you mean? Well, er, some people wanted to get involved, so we’ve got some poetry, some other stuff – it’ll be in the old arts college! What, inside? Well, no, in the courtyard actually. It’s derelict, so we painted it, or rather, Phlegm did, that’s not his real name, and we’re having dancing foxes and making it all firelit. So who’s funding this? Um, no-one…

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Artist Rachel Horne

Recently, I joined a professional development group for writers called SignPosts, which has started to give me some confidence in my writting and poetry. Although, I have never thought of myself as a writer in 2011 I was invited to a literature festival under the banner of the Dark Mountain project.

Standing in front of a crowd of 200 people I recited stories from my community and growing up years, followed by my spoken word piece “Salt of the Earth”. It was a daunting experience, Dougald is a Cambridge graduate, I fondly refer to him as a “super brain” feeling humbled that the story of my artwork and lost heritage is documented in Dark Mountain movement.

The Observer newspaper reviewed the festival and mentioned my spot “Young writer from South Yorkshire”. I have wrote extensively in journals over the years but never have considered myself to be a writer or…

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