Hidden City

The Blind Person’s Podcast Making Kit Light Bulb Moment

  • 27th August 2020
The Blind Person’s Podcast Making Kit Light Bulb Moment

Hi, my name is Jeff Daniels, it's February 2020 and I am at Arnolfini, in Bristol with fellow core group members of the ‘City of Threads’ project. We are here to listen to expert Miranda Rae deliver a presentation about podcast production, the A to Z of ‘How To’. The presentation is going really well, and my mind is shifting gear, maybe going into overdrive… I need to explain a little here. I have been Severely Sight Impaired (SSI) for many years, I have also been an Assistive Technology Trainer.  Are you starting to think where this is going? Yes…  Accessibility? “The...

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Clare Reddaway ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Clare Reddaway ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Clare Reddaway, Horizon House - Environment Agency  I had never been to Horizon House - never heard of Horizon House - when it was allocated to me.  I was sent a pack of information: it's a new building, open for five years, home to the Environment Agency.  It is an environmentally considerate building, powered by the sun and earth, using harvested rain water and with a roof garden where employees can plant flowers and vegetables.  My first response was to think of the building as a kind of benevolent mother-goddess/Gaia building.  Then I visited it. My first reaction was to the entrance:...

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Lucy Bell ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Lucy Bell ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Lucy Bell, Glenside Hospital Museum There are life-sized mannequins at Glenside Hospital Museum. Dressed in medical gowns, they treat other mannequins with everything from Epilepsy cures to Electro-Convulsive Therapy. I don’t know the provenance of these mannequins, but it adds to the appeal of this off-beat site that the psychiatric figures are striking fashion poses. I was invited here to be a writer in residence for Bristol Doors Open day. The museum is in a church on the grounds of Bristol’s former asylum. The church was built for the psychiatric patients who once filed...

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Stephanie Kempson ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Stephanie Kempson ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Stephanie Kempson Bedminster RNIB Centre On Saturday morning I woke up feeling quite nervous about having been asked to write something for the RNIB centre in Bedminster, something which I would perform before the end of the day to an audience of staff, visitors and centre users and might even be translated into braille(!). Part Exchange Company had asked me to be writer in residence for the day during Bristol Doors Open Day, and I had been in and met some of the (exceedingly friendly) staff a week and half before. During that visit I had loaded up my bag with leaflets and documents...

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Bea Roberts ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Bea Roberts ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Bea Roberts, St Mary Redcliffe Church: 'I’m happy to admit that being posted as the Part Exchange Co. writer in residence at St. Mary Redcliffe was an exciting but daunting prospect! I won’t attempt to recap its history because far better informed people than me can do a far better job of that but the exquisite gothic church is really a Bristol treasure and has been around in one form or another for almost 900 years. On a preparatory visit the Head Steward Cecille Gillard kindly gave me a tour and the enormity of the task before me began to sink in. For a start, it’s beautiful....

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Rew Lowe ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Rew Lowe ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Rew Lowe, The Drawing Office SS.Great Britain 'I’ve been rather lax. For three years now I’ve lived in Bristol. The walls of my house are bedecked with paintings of seafaring, my bookshelves are weighed down with maritime tales and I lie in bed dreaming of ocean voyages. In short, I like shippy things. Yet I haven’t been ‘down the SS Great Britain’. Actually I went as a child, when I was too young to remember, concluding, therefore, that the trip was unmemorable. In truth, though, my reasons were personal: I didn’t like Brunel. Of him I knew little, save that he’d...

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Sammy Weaver ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Sammy Weaver ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Sammy Weaver, Julian Trust Night Shelter 'The Julian Trust Night Shelter has two entrances, one for volunteers and one for the people that go there for hot food, tea and a bed for the night.  Soon after the overnight sleepers had left through one door, I was knocking on the volunteers’ door to start a day of listening, absorbing and writing.  The idea of being a writer-in-residence during the Doors Open day in a place that serves the night and the homeless sat with me throughout my time there.  I realised my task was to work with absences, the unsaid and unheard.  It also became...

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John Yates ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
John Yates ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by John Yates, Elsie Briggs House 'I live in Marlborough but over the years I’ve become more and more attracted to Bristol. The city has so much going on in the arts. Pleased to be appointed Hidden City writer-in-residence for Elsie Briggs House on Doors Open Day. In Stokes Croft on the previous day for Part Exchange’s multi-disciplinary Melting Pot session at Jamaica Street studios. Rather than returning home for the night, it makes sense to stay over in Bristol. Chris, the Elsie Briggs House warden has offered me one of their spare rooms. After Friday’s Jamaica Street session...

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Samuel Edward Taylor ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

  • 3rd February 2016
Samuel Edward Taylor ‘Hidden City Writer in Residence’ – Blog & Performance Text

Blog - by Samuel Edward Taylor, The Underfall Boatyard  The UnderFall Yard has an exceptionally interesting history but I’m not going to embarrass myself (or the wonderful people who work there) with a series of inevitable inaccuracies, so for a comprehensive understanding of it’s history check out underfallboatyard.co.uk or alternatively contact Nicola Dyer (Project Manager) or Sarah Murray (Community and Learning Officer) via the site or Twitter (@theunderfall) who do a brilliant job explaining the vital function of the yard as well as it’s fascinating place in Bristol’s heritage. … So...

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Hidden City Writers in Residence

  • 2nd February 2016
Hidden City Writers in Residence

Hidden City Writers in residence is live writing in response to a site, its resonances, histories, stories, visitors and spaces. We have brought eight talented city and near region writers together with eight fascinating city buildings opening their doors on Doors Open Day and given them free reign to take inspiration from the buildings’ past, present and future. Each of their residencies will result in spoken word presentations in their venues towards the end of the day. All final presentations are FREE, see performance times below. You can read who the writers and their buidlings...

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