Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Creative Leicestershire's contribution to Leicester Comedy Festival was a panel discussion about how to get on in comedy and build a career. Arthur Smith, Zoe Lyons and festival director Geoff Rowe, chaired by Julian Hall, comedy critic of the Independent, talked about how to get started, the perils of the open night circuit, the importance of Edinburgh and how much money you can lose doing it, the pros and cons of getting an agent, among other topics. A keen audience of aspiring performers and writers asked some searching questions, and there were really good biscuits.

Bursary Winner Lunchbox Films @ Leeds Young People's Film Festival

We're happy to announce that Lunchbox Films film, 'Dr Markus & The Tomb of Gloom' has been accepted into the Leeds young people's film festival! The film was made by year 5 pupils at t.Hubert's Primary School, Birmingham and was made under the Creative Partnerships shceme. It will be judged by a panel of industry experts and young people. For more info visit:

Well Done!

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Past Bursary Winner Comedy Festival Review

Rob Gee: Fruitcake - Ten Commandments From the Psych Ward.

Comic, poet and reformed psychiatric nurse, Rob Gee presents an idiot’s guide to insanity, fresh from a sell-out tour of Canada. Fruitcake is a rollercoaster ride of comedy and poignant observation charting a night shift on an acute psychiatric ward. Read Rob Gee's Review in Chortle here

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Maria Allen published by Tindal Street Press

Maria Allen's first novel is published by the estimable Midlands publisher Tindal Street Press this month. Before the Earthquake is a historical literary mystery from Loughborough-based Maria who is half English and half Italian.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Try our Freelancers Quiz

Ever wonderered what it takes to be a creative freelancer? Well now we know, as the national occupational standards have been released. There 62 different areas of knowledge/skill in all. Just to celebrate we have created a quiz which we have been trying out on unsuspecting graduates and mentees, so you can see what you can/can't do.