Mass Observation course

logoA short course for the creative, at the Mass Observation Archive starting this Friday!

 Booking open now.
An Anthropology of Ourselves: 

Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects

 Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll 

Venue: The Keep  Brighton, East Sussex
Dates: 21st March, 28th March, 4th April and 11th April 2014
Four day schools on Fridays, 10am to 4pm

Cost: £95/£45 Unwaged or Student
Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive. This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history.
To book a place visit here:

City Reads

City_Reads_logo_square1_sWest Sussex Libraries and Collected Works CIC are offering:

A FREE Read Aloud – taster training workshop
The Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Friday 14 March 2014 10am – 1pm

*Deadline for applications: Friday 7 March 2014

To apply for a FREE place:

Email Jackie Manners, Principal Librarian Community on or telephone : 03302 224767


Are you passionate about books and reading?

Would you like to help make a difference to people’s lives through reading
and sharing books? And at the same time learn new skills and develop your
own talents?

Would you like to facilitate a Read Aloud Group and become a Reading

Collected Works CIC and West Sussex Libraries are offering a free Read
Aloud taster training workshop for up to 20 people in the Adur area. This
training is offered to anyone interested in volunteering to facilitate a
Read Aloud group in Southwick or Lancing libraries OR those who would like
to learn a bit more about running Read Aloud groups in the community.

What is a Read Aloud Group?
A Read Aloud group is a weekly reading group in which good quality short
stories, poems and novels are read together aloud by members of the group
and the group facilitators, each taking it in turn to read a paragraph or
chunk of text. Collected Works run Read Aloud groups across Brighton and
are now planning to set up groups in Southwick and Lancing libraries.

During the workshop you will:
Discuss what qualities make a good Reading Champion
Meet a volunteer Reading Champion who already runs a group
Talk about books and why you love reading
Hear about the Read Aloud groups Collected Works are working with this
Practice reading aloud in a supportive environment
Share a poem that means something to you

Skills needed:
Good communication skills
Happy reading aloud to groups
Confidence and a sensitivity to other people’s individual needs

Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiation

18080.460x650Upcoming exciting free workshop in April:

Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations
Friday 4 April 11.00 – 5.30 pm
Creativity Zone, University of Sussex 
Pevensey III, Room C7. Find it on the Campus Map or in google maps.

This free workshop explores the relationship of public and personal in different life story projects which prioritize listening, sound and voice. Three presentations will discuss questions of politics, representation and aesthetics which arise in using life stories in creative works. 

The aim of the event is to generate discussion around the work by allowing hour-long slots for each presentation. Students are especially welcome to attend.

The event includes a display of video, photography, and sound work by Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler, Rosy Martin, Sally Waterman and Lizzie Thynne all artists associated with the Family Ties Network.

Presented by the Family Ties Network and Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust.


For more information please see the full programme and poster attached to this email, or follow this link: