CALL TO ALL EAST COAST WRITERS: What Next? Meet @ St George’s Theatre March 4th 2 – 3.30 pm. All Welcome


Friday March 4th, St George’s Theatre Cafe, King St, GY, 2 – 3.30 pm.

Dear All,

The above meeting has been scheduled in response to requests from local writers with an interest in developing their work. What Next? is keen to initiate a discussion around the development of writing in all forms (fact/fiction/poetry/life writing/journailism/writing for performance/writing in the public realm/amateur/professional/ commercial/experimental etc etc) in the region.

Taking an ‘asset based’ approach, the meeting will be keen to hear from anyone with relevant interest and/or experience and we will attempt to begin by taking stock of what already exists and where future opportunities, collaborations and development might lie! There will also be a representative from WritersCentreNorwich present who will be able to offer some guidance where needed.

If you would like to speak on a related subject (5 mins maximum) please send an email in advance to: There will also be an opportunity to discuss WN? and to consider next steps in relation to this and art and culture more generally.

We will aim to identify some specific action points (with names and dates attached!) with a view to possible next steps…

Hope to see you there :-)

Upcoming News and Events:

The ADUK conference will be taking place in Norwich from 23 – 24 February . They will be particularly focused on their joint initiative (with Voluntary Arts) which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. What Next? will be hosting a world-cafe style event as part of it.

The LGA conference at the end of February.

Below are some upcoming events and links copied in from WN? Norfolk (with thanks to Gemma Layton of N and N festival and apologies where deadlines are a little tight).

Liam Murphy.


Tomorrow’s What Next? Norfolk meeting (Wednesday 10 February) will be from 1-2pm in the Playroom at Norwich Playhouse (42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB. Dr Anna Bull Researcher, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London will be speaking to the group on her research into socioeconomics.

Upcoming meetings

Next week (Wednesday 17 February) our speaker will be Jenni Rant from the Science, Art and Writing Trust

There will be NO MEETING on Wednesday 24 February due to the clash with the AD:UK conference (see details below)

Then on Wednesday 2 March we have artist Molly Naylor speaking to the group. Molly is a scriptwriter, poet and performer. She writes script for TV, film, radio and theatre. She has written three live shows which she took to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured nationally. Her most recent work is television comedy After Hours, co-created and written with John Osborne. It aired in October 2015. She is currently developing a feature film script, a graphic novel and her first poetry collection.

AD:UK conference, Norwich, 23-24 February

ADUK’s 2016 conference, in association with Voluntary Arts, explores our organisations’ joint initiative which sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. The conference is hosted by Norwich City Council at the historic St Andrews Halls (see brochure attached).

Information, agenda for both days and ticket options here

Anyone based in Norfolk can get the member rate for the conference of £295 plus VAT 

If they are an organisation trading under £25k they can get a conference place for £195 plus VAT

There is also a student and artist rate of £125 plus VAT 

Please get in touch with Marion Catlin if you would like to take advantage of any of these special discounts – Marion Catlin []

Norwich Arts Centre Private View Invitation: Asia Alfasi

Please find below  an invitation to NAC’s next Private View, on 24 February which will launch the exhibition of work by artist Asia Alfasi, entitled ‘Baseerah – Journey to Sight’. See invitation at bottom of the email.

The Private View will run from 6pm until 8pm and will be followed by Asia’s artist talk, which in turn will run from approximately 8pm until 9.30pm, followed by an opportunity for relaxed discussion in the bar.

Asia Alfasi was born in Lybia and moved to Scotland at the age of 7, and then to Birmingham in her teens. Her work brings together Islamic, Libyan, British and Japanese influences. She won the Hi8us Midlands Stripsearch competition with her character Monir in 2003. She contributed “JinNarration” to the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga in 2007, and her short semi-autobiographical story, “The Non-Savvy Non-Commuter“, was displayed on the walls of Piccadilly Circus tube station as part of Thin Cities, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the station’s opening, from 15 December 2006 to 31 April 2007. She is working on a two-volume autobiographical graphic novel to be published by Bloomsbury.

From Creative Arts East: Call to Arms for the Arts’ in our rural communities

It’s that time of year again where we are about to go into discussions with the local authorities who fund Creative Arts East to provide Village Screen and Creative Arts East Live in your area. This year, given that we know the budgets are tight and councils are looking to make significant savings as a result of the recent spending review, we need to shout loudly about the good work of the rural community promoters, Creative Arts East, and the value of our endeavours to local communities – and we need to do this at the earliest possible point, before any decisions about funding are made.

There is no better voice in support of arts in our communities than the people who participate in and attend Creative Arts East supported events, which is why we are once again asking you to lend your voice. Over the next few weeks we ask that you make your views heard by writing to your local Councillor expressing your support for their continued investment in the work of Creative Arts East, and to outline the impact of the service to you and your community, and the likely effect if this work ceases to be available.

In addition to writing directly, spreading the word and raising awareness through channels like Facebook and Twitter will enable to message to go further across communities and enable many more people to lend their support for maintaining these events.

As always, thank you in advance for your help and ongoing support!

Arts and Health Evaluation Report

The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document provides guidance on appropriate ways of documenting the impacts of arts for health and wellbeing, whether through small scale project evaluations or large scale research studies. It suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.   Read more:,406HO,FLWQAD,EH20D,1

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Links From WN? Norfolk:


£33,000 – £36,000 (pro rata) 3 days / week (0.6 fte) Permanent.


Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is a leading literature organisation in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We are committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation. We believe that creative writing, creative reading, and the literary arts can inspire, educate and bring people and communities together.

This is exciting times for WCN. Linked to the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, we are currently working on the development of a National Centre for Writing which includes an enhanced artistic and learning programme and a £2.6m capital programme due to be completed in early 2018.

The post of Finance Manager will play a key role in helping to steer the organisation through this next period of change and transition. The role will lead on the long term financial planning as well as managing the day to day financial systems and processes ensuring organisational stability and viability. We are looking for someone who holds a professional accountancy qualification, has at least 2 years experience at a senior level in financial management, has experience of the accounting and governance requirements of a charity and limited company and can support WCN’s values and ambitions.

Closing deadline: 9am Monday 15 February 2016


To apply for this position please download a Job Application Pack and Application Form from


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Are you a cultural or creative employer?

Based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire or Norfolk,?

Looking to expand your team?

Would you like to claim a grant towards the wage costs of a new person?

The Creative Employment Programme will complete its funding on 31st March 2016. That means that NOW IS THE LAST CHANCE for creative or cultural employers across Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk to benefit from significant match-funding towards the costs of employing an Intern of Apprentice over the next 6 to 12 months.


About the Programme:

The Creative Employment Programme aims to support the creation of paid apprenticeships and internships for young unemployed people aged 16-24 who are wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. Funding is available now for commercial or subsidised employers based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire or Norfolk working within the following fields:

Museums, Festival, Carnival Arts, Literature, Theatre, Music Circus, Libraries, Contemporary Craft, Visual Arts, Galleries Dance

At least 50% of wage costs can be claimed depending on your requirement, location and need for financial support, but it could be up to as much as 80%.

Listen to what some of our previous interns and apprentices have to say about their Creative Employment Programme experience and learn more about how valuable it is to young people needing a step up into the sector!


Sophie Clouston – Project Administrator Intern

“Jobs in the creative industry are difficult to come by without the right experience, which is why I was thrilled to find an internship where I was able to learn on the job, earn myself some money and still gain experience in an area I’d like to further my career.”

Meghan Douglass-Ellis – Business Administrator Apprentice

“I’d been trying for years to find a way into the creative industry through volunteering without much luck, so starting my apprenticeship gave me the chance to learn practical skills and earn enough money that my journey along my chosen career path could take centre stage, instead of being something I have to fit around a ‘day job”

Sam Webber – Marketing and Events Intern

“After studying a creative subject at university I wanted to branch out into working in events and marketing whilst still being in a creative environment. My internship allowed me to work with people who have similar interests to me and organise events around about themes I’m passionate about.”

How to get onboard:

To become a Creative Employment Programme Employer please:


Or call us on 01953 713390

You can find out more by visiting:

Funder info:

Creative & Cultural Skills is the National Provider for the Creative Employment Programme, an Arts Council England fund. The funding is managed in Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire by Creative Arts East.

From What Next? National

Proposed private letter to Jo Johnson re: HE Green Paper

See attached draft of a proposed private Letter to Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science from individuals in the What Next? movement expressing interest in the Green Paper on Higher Education (thanks to Rosie Luff for drafting)

If you would like your name attached to this letter as a creative employer, then please contact Sara Green at What Next? with subject heading Signature for HE Letter by Wednesday 10th February. Please give us your title, name and organisation to include.


Reminder: English Baccalaureate Consultation is live and closes 29 Jan

It proposes making EBacc compulsory for 90% of young people as well as making it the overarching measure for judging secondary school success.

CLA Briefing paper attached below and link here:

Bacc for the Future:

Actions: Respond to the consultation, write to your MP and ask them to write to Nicky Morgan on your behalf, brief your board, staff, audiences and patrons, use any media opportunities to make these point.

Arts and Culture and the EU Referendum (paper attached)

This week we are revisiting our discussions on WN? And the EU Referendum and discussing how we want to engage in the next few months.


Invitation to a What Next? Young Vic meeting on Climate Change and Sustainability to be hosted by the Barbican on Wednesday 17th of Feb.

On Wednesday the 17th of Feb, WN? YV will meet at the Barbican at Cinema 1 in our usual time slot of 08:30. We will meet as usual, focussing the discussion on climate change. At 09:30 Paul Allen from the Centre of Advanced Technology will present ‘The extraordinary story of human beings energy and happiness’ in the cinema for one hour.

We would like to invite everyone across the movement to bring friends or colleagues to this event who may be interested in discussion on solutions and actions around climate change, sustainability and culture.

Press Links

London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan unveiled his new arts policy, from getting more children involved in the arts to stopping sexist adverts on the Tube

UK theatre companies have benefited from an estimated £25million of tax relief in first full year of government’s scheme

MPs are to work together in an All Party Parliamentary group (APGG)  to drive forward developments in the field of arts and health

Writing in the Telegraph, schools minister Nick Gibb denied claims eBACC will squeeze arts out of schools 

Around 400 members of the dance industry signed an open letter to Akram Khan following reported comments on female choreographers And Akram Khan responded

Yesterday the winners of the National Dance Awards were announced. Writing in the Guardian Mackrell noted that it was a good year for women but not ethnic diversity

Major new research project is to be undertaken to examine under-representation of disabled people in the arts

A new Banksy artwork has criticised teargas use in refugee camps in Calais                      

The Arts contributed £5.4bn to UK economy in 2014

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has warned of a “danger” of too much arts funding being focused on the capital:

Eclipse Theatre Co’s Dawn Walton has set out her action plan for what needs to be done to improve diversity in British Theatre

Writing in The Guardian, Sam Jordison questions the decision to move the Royal Photography Society’s collection from Bradford to the V&A.

DCMS figures show that economic growth in music and the performing arts is stalling

Southbank centre has announced its 2016/17 classical music season

Lyn Gardner on the Arts Foundation Awards and the importance of supporting mid-career artists

Creative Scotland is to host its first London arts advocacy event at Westminster

Shakespeare’s Globe is to perform Hamlet in the Calais Jungle

Writing in The Stage, David Brownlee looks at hot and cold spots for arts engagement

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Best Wishes

Liam Murphy

mob: 07882 934100