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The Festival of Small Things


Artists taking part in The Festival of Small Things include…

PANYA BANJOKO is a UK based poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Some Things, was published by Burning Eye Books (2018). Her forthcoming collection (Re)Framing the Archive is due June 2022. Her poem ‘They and Them’ has featured in exhibitions by artist and academic Keith Piper at the Beaconsfield Gallery, the British Film Festival and International Film Festival in Rotterdam as well as the Québec en toutes lettres literary festival ‘Mega Poetry Happening’, featuring poets from cities around the world. Panya is a multi-award-winning poet, co-ordinates a Black Writers Network, and is patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ANNABEL DOVER is an artist and writer. Her debut novel Florilegia is published by Cool Moist Books and is available from all good bookshops. Through a variety of media including: painting, photography, video, cyanotype, and drawing, Annabel Dover engages the viewer in untold tales of wonder. Throughout her practice she constantly finds herself drawn to objects and the invisible stories that surround them. Through their subtle representation she explores their power as intercessionary agents that allow socially acceptable emotional expression. The work presents itself as a complex mixture of scientific observation and tender girlish enthusiasm which often belies their history. Dover has a thirst for knowledge, knowledge of things and knowledge about people and their lives. Watching, listening and absorbing, her work and life have become a fabulous tangle of information, stories (both real and imagined), images and objects. Her work is part distillation, part peripatetic ramble through her influences which range from archaeological illustration, archaic scientific techniques and the enthusiasms of a Victorian lady to the theories of Freud and anthropological research. Dover was born in Liverpool, educated in Newcastle and London. She has recently completed a PHD at Wimbledon exploring a practice lead response to the cyanotype albums of Anna Atkins. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ VINCENT GAMBINI is an award-winning magician and theatre artist. His approach to magic is the opposite of glitz and glamour: his critically-acclaimed shows are understated, low-key, and a touch melancholic. He uses magic to explore and play around with the line between theatrical fiction and reality. He gained membership to the London Magic Circle by writing a thesis called 'Deconstructing Magic', which perfectly describes what he loves doing. His theatre shows include This is not a magic show and The Chore of Enchantment. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ DAVID 'STICKMAN' HIGGINS presents a collaborative approach to his work. He moves effortlessly from stage performing to delivering workshops in the arts through musicality and the spoken word. David draws on inspiration from his cultural background as a British Barbadian jazz drummer, percussionist, performance poet, actor and educator. He uses his skills and techniques developed over a long career in the arts. As a facilitator for Early Years he embraces his cultural identity as a vehicle for expressing and celebrating musicality from around the world in his own unique way. As “Stickman” he has made creative connections with all ages and abilities through his dynamic delivery encompassing music, rhythm, and vocalisation. During the past year under Covid restrictions David has developed a new creative connection, engaging families with young children online through interactions reshaping his methodology of creative interaction, incorporating wellbeing and distant learning through his musical and cultural identity. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SOPHIA HATFIELD is an award winning theatre-maker, performer and the founder of Stute Theatre. Stute Theatre create and tour multidisciplinary work that pushes the limits of small-scale and site specific theatre. Their work utilises storytelling, creative technology and live music to create engagingwork that can reach people almost anywhere. Recent work includes ‘The Telephone Theatre - You Don’t Know Me But…’, a live telephone play performed to one audience member at a time, ‘Love Down The Line’ a series of telephone plays with New Perspectives, ‘Fables At The Kitchen Table’, a live storytelling show delivered to families during lockdown and ‘Walking The Wing’ an audio play drawn from interviews with prisoners during the Covid-19 lockdown. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ DANIEL HOFFMANN-GILL is a Nottingham born actor and writer whose body of work spans twenty-four years. Raised in St.Ann's and trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. As a writer, previous plays 'Our Style Is Legendary' and 'Kings' have appeared at the Nottingham Playhouse to sold out audiences. As an actor, Daniel has most recently appeared in the HBO series 'The Nevers', as well as alongside Robert Downey Jnr in the Universal Pictures movie 'Dolittle'. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ ALISON LLOYD'S practice involves walking alone, for considerable distances, keeping off the paths, striding and ‘contouring’ through moorland and mountainous areas. She composes photographs of herself with the paraphernalia of hill walking; map, compass, rucksack and vacuum flask. These tools of walking are often captured around the margins of her photographs. Lloyd emphasises this solitary pursuit by using a cable release or timer to take the photographs of herself walking, or as she likes to name it, contouring. The walking usually centres on stopping off points that she has navigated to with compass and map. This might be amongst moorland grasses, crouching within a peat hag or following the stream in one of the narrow Cloughs in the Dark Peak, Derbyshire. On returning to an artistic practice in 2010 her work shifted to include walking as art and out of these experiences a PhD emerged, Contouring: Women, Walking and Art (2020). The thesis combines a critical, analytical discussion of women artists of the 1960s, 70s and early 80s with a reflective evaluation of the emergence of walking in her work. Her return to practice was driven by her experiences as a recreational hill walker, and from art literature which foregrounds historical walking practices, largely within the field of postmodern sculpture. Her practice has adapted navigation, route-finding skills and contouring as artistic strategies, tools and processes. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ NAOMI OBENG is a playwright and critic based in the East Midlands. Her recent work includes Jack and the Beanstalk (Nottingham Playhouse), Where it Lands (Nottingham Playhouse), and A Distance Between (Paines Plough: Come to Where I’m From). She was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting in 2020. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SEEKERS OF STARDUST respresents the combined the talents of Tony Fisher and Fi Marks. Synchornising the skills of photography and painting in a completely unique way. The couple met in Lockdown and started a project photographing Fi’s paintings in the glorious landscapes of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Then Fi started painting on canvases of Tony’s photography. They currently have an exhibition in Matlock Bath and have others planned, as well as developing their innovative way of working. Tony has worked as a professional photographer for over forty years and is a beneficiary of an Arts Council grant exploring the theme of “Only the Lonely?” Fi is an artist who sells internationally her creative work, sharing her view of the world explored through mixed media." ________________________________________________________________________________________________ RAVELLE-SADE FAIRMAN A commissioned writer and voice actor for BBC Radio 4, shortlisted for a Nottingham Black Achievers Award in 2019 and a Trustee for New Perspectives Theatre Company, Ravelle-Sadé Fairman is a self proclaimed ‘accidental' Poet, a Spoken Word Artist and Workshop Facilitator. Since realising the power of her honesty, Ravelle-Sadé has been using her ‘Poetic Perception’ to shed light on unhelpful thought patterns and normalise conversations around mental health whilst encouraging self belief. She is a Nottingham-based freelance creative and has been showcased in numerous publications - from Anthologies to local magazines, as well as publishing her own poetry pamphlet. Frequently invited to perform by local BBC Radio stations and appearing on Notts TV, Ravelle-Sadé has worked for plethora of festivals, events, universities and organisations including the NHS, Splendour Festival, Nottinghamshire Pride, Youth Parliament and The Young Achievers Awards. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ BRIDIE SQUIRES is a writer, performance artist and educator from Nottingham. Previously Editor of LeftLion Magazine, she was appointed as Nottingham Trent University's first Writer in Residence in 2019 and is now Creative Director of GOBS Collective – a talent-development programme for emerging spoken-word artists. She is also Operations and Learning Manager for Nottingham Poetry Festival. An alumnus of Mouthy Poets collective, Bridie has delivered performances in London's Southbank Centre, Karlsruhe's Staatstheatre, Nottingham Playhouse, and countless venues around her hometown. In 2019, Bridie was awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop her first full-length, one-person performance, Casino Zero, and she is currently creating an audio drama for BBC Sounds following Mardy – a BBC Radio 4 commission for Tongue and Talk: The Dialect Poets." Jamie Thrasivoulou is an award-winning writer, poet, and educator. He is also the official poet for Derby County Football Club. In 2018 he was a winner of the Culture Matters: Bread & Roses award. In 2019 he won the Saboteur award for Best Spoken Word Artist in the UK. His debut collection The Best Of A Bad Situation was published by Sillouette Press in 2017, His second collection Our Man, was published by Burning Eye in 2019. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ SELINA THOMPSON is an artist and writer whose work has been shown and praised internationally. Her practice is intimate, political and participatory with a strong emphasis on public engagement, which leads to provocative and highly visual work that seeks to connect with those historically excluded by the arts. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ UNANIMA is a Mansfield based theatre company that has been creating work since 2008. Our cast are exclusively neurodivergent, and, using a collaborative devising process, we create unique witty, provocative theatre based on their lives, experiences and questions about the world. Through compelling performances that invite audiences to ponder and wonder, we seek to stimulate social change. We are becoming increasingly intolerant of neurodivergent people being overlooked and infantilised by society and we will continue to produce art that sparks solutions until this has stopped. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ HONEY WILLIAMS is a Nottingham born, Jamaican-British singer, songwriter, visual artist, music educator, designer and image activist. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ GLORIA LOWE has joined New Perspectives as The Festival of Small Things Coordinator. Gloria is a Nottingham-based theatre-maker, lecturer, researcher and producer from a working-class background. She works across a range of creative and academic settings and through her creative practice, has developed work in/for both specialised performance spaces and non-theatre spaces including homes, hospitals, schools, cathedrals, museums and village halls. Alongside touring and developing theatre work, she undertakes ACE access support work to help other artists to bring their projects to life and is currently undertaking a PhD in Drama and Geography with Royal Holloway, University of London funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council via TECHNE. She is also a lecturer for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at Coventry University. Before commencing her PhD, she completed her Masters by Research with the Drama, Theatre & Dance Department at Royal Holloway, University of London after completing a BA in English Literature & Language at Oxford University and touring the UK, working as a professional storyteller. She is a gloriously busy and happy Mum to two wonderful children!!

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