6 Million Ways of Getting into the Arts: Creative Writing

12 March 2013 / 6-9pm

Castlefield Gallery is excited to be working with Quays Culture to programme a series of six presentations that will inspire creative practitioners based in Greater Manchester and beyond.

The series of six 3-hour long events will feature nationally and internationally renowned creative people and organisations from a selection of the most dynamic creative practices including acting, animation, art, moving image, performance and creative writing. Through the presentation of case studies the speakers will highlight some of the many diverse routes to developing careers in these exciting and creative disciplines.

Creative Writing

Join us on Tues 12 March, from 6-9pm at the Eccles Gateway Centre (Eccles Library) to hear Jim Hinks, Translation and New Writing Editor at Comma Press, an independent UK publishing house specialising in short fiction and Henry R Swindell, New Writing Development Manager at BBC Writersroom North discuss the different avenues open to anyone wanting to develop a career in creative writing.  Chairing the event will be Richard Evans of Creative Industries Trafford.

Jim Hinks is the Translation and New Writing Editor at Comma Press, the Manchester-based independent publisher specialising in short fiction. His editorial role encompasses acquisition, contracts and overseeing Comma’s digital projects. He works closely with authors and translators on manuscript revisions, shepherding debut authors from acquisition through to publication.  Jim is also the headline editor of four short story anthologies: Brace: A New Generation in Short Fiction; Reberth; Stories from Cities on the Edge and The Book of Istanbul and About You.

Henry R Swindell is currently New Writing Development Manager, BBC Writersroom North where he works across Film, TV and Radio finding and developing writers for the BBC. His background is as a TV, Film and Theatre Producer. His 2011 award winning film ‘All That Way For Love’ has been shown at film festivals all over the world. As a TV producer he has worked for the BBC, ITV and Channel Four on shows including Casualty, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

Richard Evans is a writer and Creative Industries Programme Coodinator at Trafford Waterside Arts Centre, from where he runs Creative Industries Trafford a programme which delivers professional development support to artists and creatives.

Free / Booking essential.  Book tickets at eventbrite or phone 0161 832 8034

For further information contact Jennifer Dean, Communications and Audience Development Coordinator at Castlefield Gallery on jennifer@castlefieldgallery.co.uk or on 0161 832 8034

Quays Culture is a new arts programme based out of the Quays/MediaCityUK and aims to attract local and international talent to Greater Manchester audiences. They work with artists that use innovation and creativity for live and digital interactions. The world-class location and partners support a collaborative programme of arts festivals, events, new art works, learning and new fun experiences for all to join in.

Castlefield Gallery would like to thank Programme partners including: BBC North, Eccles Gateway Centre, Islington Mill, IWM North (part of Imperial War Museums), The Lowry, MediaCityUK, the University of Salford, Salford City Council & Trafford Borough Council.

​This Castlefield Gallery/Quays Culture programme is supported by