Artist Opportunity – Bloomsbury Festival In A Box

Artist Opportunity – Bloomsbury Festival In A Box

Bloomsbury Festival and the University of London are seeking to commission an exciting and original artistic response to materials associated with their ‘Festival in a Box’ project. Each year, Bloomsbury Festival hope to commission one new piece of work based on the Festival in a Box project. This artwork will be programmed during the festival in October (18 – 22 October 2017).  We hope that this will raise the visibility of the project, and provide a way of integrating the stories and memories of ‘socially isolated’ people back into the community, making them a key part of the explosion of

Bloomsbury Festival Announces Programme Inspired by Independence

Bloomsbury Festival Announces Programme Inspired by Independence

For five days in October, Bloomsbury Festival will present a trailblazing programme of science, literature, performance, music, poetry, theatre, dance, discussion and reflection, shining a light on the radical imaginations, institutions and 11,000 residents of contemporary Bloomsbury, one of youngest and most diverse areas in the country. Taking place everywhere, from major institutions like The British Museum and University College London to quirky indoor and outdoor spaces, 200+ mostly free events will pop-up across this lively cultural quarter. 2017 will be the biggest and boldest year to date. The Festival’s theme is independence, a wide-ranging theme pertinent to our community:

Samuel Hayward wins Bloomsbury Festival Design Competition

Samuel Hayward wins Bloomsbury Festival Design Competition

Each year, the Festival runs a competition for BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martin’s students to design the Festival’s publicity image. This year’s winning entry is by Samuel Hayward. The Duchess of Bedford announced the winner at a Festival’s launch for sponsors and key Festival partners at The Bloomsbury Hotel on 12th June. Depicting a colourful bird rising out of the University of London’s Senate House, all judges agreed that the design cleverly combined the celebratory essence of the Festival with this year’s theme, independence. Kate Anderson, Director of Bloomsbury Festival says: “Samuel Hayward’s entry was most definitely a

Short Story Slam Winners

Futureperfectwriters’ Short Story Slam took part on 22 October at the Festival. Shortlisted entries were performed at the event, with the winner chosen by audience vote. This competition was open to all, and stories were based on the Festival theme of language and were to be no more than 750 words. We are delighted to share with you the winning story by Andrés Ordorica below. You can also download the 2nd and 3rd place entries:  Mother Tongue by Penny Cliff and We Speak in Tongues by Edward Head. WINNING ENTRY: The word is mine and not yours By Andrés Ordorica I have always found the

Salon Voltaire at Senate House

Salon Voltaire at Senate House

Our Salon will offer an evening of readings and performances accompanied with food and wine. Drawing upon the talents and scholarly interests of the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study and Senate House Library, the event will evoke the spirit of the Cabaret Voltaire, which in 1916 which launched the Dadaist movement in Zurich. Dada sought to create art of the ‘here and now’, at a time when artists were fleeing their home countries in the shadow of the Great War: Hugo Ball (Germany), Richard Huelsenbeck (Germany), Tristan Tzara (Romania), Marcel Janco (Romania) and Hans Arp (France). Just as

Paul Guest, Camden Guide: Soldiers, Students, and Residents Walk

Paul Guest, Camden Guide: Soldiers, Students, and Residents Walk

I have loved Bloomsbury for as long as I’ve known it, and from 1972 to ’78 I worked at the former Dillon’s University Bookshop there. In those days the bookshop’s address was 1 Malet Street. It also looked onto Torrington Place, as part of a parade of shops with a café, a newsagent’s and a chemist’s. Gradually it spread across the entire block, now occupied by Waterstone’s at 82 Gower Street. The business was founded by Una J. Dillon (1903-1993), who had set up a small bookshop on Store Street in 1936. In 1956 the University of London invited her

Hilary Davies on her latest collection Exile and the Kingdom

Hilary Davies on her latest collection Exile and the Kingdom

Exile and the Kingdom, whose launch coincides with the Bloomsbury festival, is my fourth collection of poems.  In five different sequences, it explores  pilgrimage in all its facets: spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological. The origins of some of these poems go back decades in my own life and centuries in time.  ‘Rhine Fugue’, conceived long before the Brexit vote but completed shortly before it, emerged from my love for and experience of Germany over many years. My other career, pursued in parallel with my writing, is as a teacher of German and French: the Rhineland is a home from home for

Jo Wilkinson, Camden Guide Lost and Found

Jo Wilkinson, Camden Guide Lost and Found

I’m Jo Wilkinson. I was born in University College Hospital more years ago than I’m happy to admit and I grew up locally.  So Bloomsbury must be in my blood. This year I qualified as a Camden Guide. It’s a one-year course, which is hard work but really enjoyable. I have had enormous fun learning and researching about the whole borough but I especially loved the opportunity to learn more about the Foundling Hospital, founded by Captain Coram, who, horrified by the numbers of deserted children he saw on the streets of London, was determined to do something to help.