When: Thursday 6th December, 3.30-6pm
Where: Kimmeridge House, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University
This exciting event is a chance to celebrate public engagement at Bournemouth University. Come along between 3.30pm and 6pm to experience our interactive exhibition, showcasing some excellent examples of public engagement.
Between 4-5pm you will have an exclusive opportunity to hear from Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science for the University of Birmingham, about the importance of public engagement. Following Alice’s talk there will be a chance to hear from BU academics about their experiences with public engagement and further explore our interactive exhibition with a glass of wine in hand.
3.30pm: Opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition space
4.00pm: Alice Roberts talks on the importance of Public Engagement
4.30pm: BU academics share their experiences of engagement
5.00pm: Enjoy drinks and further opportunity to explore our interactive exhibition
To register for this free event, please click on this link.
Young people working to change perceptions of disability through poetry and performance
A collaboration between the Media School (Dr Caroline Hodges), the School of Health and Social Care (Wendy Cutts & Dr Lee-Ann Fenge) and Victoria Education Centre, Poole.
In February of this year, we were awarded funding from the BU Fusion Fund to begin work on the ‘Seen But Seldom Heard’ project. ‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ is an innovative ‘arts activism’ project through which young people living with a physical disability (aged 14-19 years) can engage in creative activities designed to encourage them to reflect on their lived experiences and to empower them to challenge societal perceptions of disability through poetry and performance. The performance poetry work which has been supported by professional poets, Liv Torc and Jonny Fluffypunk, also offers the group of budding young poets a ‘voice’ to participate in conversations regarding policies and practices which affect them.
The project has so far resulted in a series of co-produced performances including a Paralympics venue in Weymouth as part of the Cultural Olympiad supporting headline performance poet, John Hegley, and The Bridport Open Book Festival, the largest performance poetry event in the country. The performances were an important way to engage with the general public and positively influence perceptions of disability and we hope to stage similar events during 2013. We have also produced a book of the group’s poetry (the sale of which has paid for an additional 2 poetry workshops at the school) and a full-length documentary will be premiered at BU on the afternoon of December 7th as part of Disability History Month.
There have been a number of beneficiaries from the work. First and foremost the young people who have taken part, together with their peer group at Victoria Education Centre. The project has had such a profound impact upon pupils and staff that the school is raising funds for a ‘poet in residence’ to support future performance poetry activity. In direct response to posting a ‘taster’ of the Seen But Seldom Heard documentary on YouTube (attracting 1,500 views to date from as far afield as Australia, the US and South America), we have received emails and comments from others with direct experience of disability, disability activists, educationalists and care providers thanking and encouraging the young poets and the project team for providing aspiration and positive role models.
In the next phase of the project, which we hope to commence as soon as funding is secured, we also plan to develop a ‘live schools tour’ and audio-visual educational package for use in secondary schools and youth clubs to raise awareness amongst young people of what it is like to live with a physical disability. In addition to public engagement and education activity, we are also disseminating the project outcomes and methodology through seminars and conference presentations during 2013 and journal articles.
A short preview to the full-length documentary can be viewed at: http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/seen-but-seldom-heard/2012/09/25/documentary-taster/
For more information on the December 7th film screening and to confirm your attendance please visit:
Samples of the group’s poetry can be found at: http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/seen-but-seldom-heard
This Friday marks the 2nd event in the series of “Seen but Seldom Heard” events that are helping to give young disabled people a voice through poetry. Taking place in the Marconi Lecture Theater at Talbot Campus this event features voices of professional performance poets alongside the students from the Victoria Education Centre performing their work.
‘Seen but Seldom Heard’ is an on-going collaboration between academics from Bournemouth University, pupils from Victoria Education Centre and performance poets, Liv Torc and Jonny Fluffypunk, which enables young people living with a disability to find a voice through poetry. The teenagers involved have produced potent and emotive poems which explore perceptions and representations of disability within society using their own individual and collective experiences. Find out more on their website along with examples of poems produced by the young people and a taste of what the event will involved.
After the stunning success of their inaugural event at the ICCI360 Arena in Weymouth you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to see these performances so please RSVP now to reserve your place! The performance will begin at 5:00pm and will be followed by a drinks reception where a poetry book will also be available for purchase with proceeds going towards the funding of a Poet in Residence at Victoria Education Centre.
Where: Marconi Lecture Theatre
When: 5pm Friday 21st September
Cost: Free but you should RSVP now to reserve your place!
You may have seen earlier this month a post about the work being done by BU academics from the Media School and the School of Health and Social Care, working with performance poets to help disabled young people from the Victoria Education Centre have a voice through poetry. This Thursday marks the first showcase of the Paralympic inspired work these students have produced.
Running from 7:30pm – 11:00pm at the ICCI 360 arena in Weymouth, this event includes spoken word, film and performance by young Dorset voices supported by poets John Hegley, Jonny Fluffypunk and Liv Torc in a 360 degree audio-visual spectacle that promises to take poetry to the next level! This is an excellent example of public engagement and looks to be an exciting event so if you’re free come along this Thursday (30th August), tickets are £5, available from the Weymouth Pavilion Box Office.