Here's some of what I'm working on at present ...

 

SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY

I am presently working  on an amazing initiative called Commonwealth Poets United.  It is part of the Culture 2014 strategy to support the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.  Six Scottish poets will visit a poet in a Commonwealth Country for up to two weeks, and each of he six Commonwealth poets will visit Scotland spending time with their poetry partner.  To date the poets and countries involved are:  for Scotland - Rachel McCrum and Toni Stuart in South Africa, Jen Hadfield and Glenn Colquhoun, New Zealand; Rab Wilson and Tanya Shirley, Jamaica; Ian Stephen and Louise B Halfe, Canada; Kei Miller and Salma in Chennai, India and one other will partner Tolu Ongulesi of Nigeria.  The story unfolds at www.commonwealthpoetsunited.com 

EMPIRE CAFE 

The Empire Café will be based at the Briggait within Glasgow’s Merchant City for seven days during the Commonwealth Games and will explore Scotland’s involvement with the North Atlantic Slave trade via tea, coffee, sugar and cotton. The Empire Café is a week-long event exploring Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade in the context of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  It will host a series of debates, musical performances, art installations, academic papers, literary readings, films, workshops, exhibitions and discussions.  There will be a fully functioning café at the event serving dishes developed through a series of outreach sessions exploring the origin of ingredients.

The work is led by author Louise Welsh and Jude Barber of Collective Architecture.The cafe is led by author Louise Welsh and Jude Barber of Collective Architecture and I'm the producer/manager!

In 2013 I was responsible for a fantastic project - a partnership between the Scottish Poetry Library and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,  for the Year of Natural Scotland, called Walking With Poets.  You can still see and enjoy the amazing blog and poems posted throughout last summer.  The four poets were Sue Butler, who was in glorious Benmore Garden in June (where the avenue of 150 year old Redwoods is), Mandy Haggith who sizzled in Edinburgh during the heat of July, Jean Atkin raved about the beautiful Logan Garden in July and Gerry Loose made Dawyck his own in September.  Take a quick peek! http://walkingwithpoets.com/


Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs

Member of the Emigrant Services Advisory Committee.

Full details can be found with this link to the Emigrant Support Programme website 

 

IRIS PRIZE FESTIVAL, Cardiff

Evaluation and audience research in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  One of the most innovative and friendly events you could wish to work on.   

 

 

This project is the first of its kind in Scotland and seeks to celebrate the importance of place making in a rapidly changing built environment by inviting local civic societies and preservation trusts to nominate projects they feel have added significant value to their neighbourhoods and communities. The Scottish Civic Trust's My Place Awards 2010 was presented to Castlemilk Stables on 19 April 2010 by the Minister for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Hendron Associates has worked closely with the Scottish Civic Trust from the inception of the project in Autumn 2009, through the web site build, call for entries, promoting the initiative to the awards event itself. Now in year two, a new category of 'Civic Champion' has been introduced, seeking out and recognizing the commitment and work in the built environment undertaken by individuals throughout Scotland.  The Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards 2011 is now open for entries.

I have returned to Doors Open Days in Autumn 2010 to undertake the evaluation for the year.  Once again the initiative has been highly successful with over 900 buildings and locations taking part and tens of thousands of visitors making time to visit places not usually open to the public. 

2009 was Scotland's year of Homecoming.  This ten month iniative - from Burns Night on 25 January to St Andrew's Day on 30 November, embraced the country's rich culture seeking to attract ex-pats back and encourage affiliate Scots to make that long promised visit this year.  Hendron Associates marketed DOD to an international audience during Homecoming Scotland 2009 for the Scottish Civic Trust. 

 In early January the focus at Hendron Associates was on a three day 
 academic conference for the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the 
 University of Glasgow.  This major event is the first in a year of global 
 celebrations commemorating and celebrating the poet's work and life. Over 
 three days delegates heard enthusiasts and academics from Canada,  
 US, Spain, France, Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland address

 
 issues from 'Transatlantic Burns' to Burns and the slave trade, death and
 friendship.   In addition to Scotland, worldwide events and celebrations will take place in locations including Prague, Vancouver and South Carolina throughout the year. Responsibilities included:
  • co-ordinating panel speakers, plenary keynotes and guest speakers
  • scheduling time-table
  • website consultation
  • registration and delegate care consultation
  • catering arrangements and entertainment
  • liaising with appropriate bodies within and outside the University
  • conference communications and marketing

The conference was opened by the Fiona Hyslop MSP, Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning who acknowledged the importance of the event at the beginning of Homecoming Scotland 2009, (a tourism initiative to attract visitors to Scotland).  It closed with a plenary address by      Prof Robert Crawford from the University of St Andrews who published The Bard, a biography of Robert Burns in January . 

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  Peter Pindar, C18th Poet 
  Over a short period of time Hendron Associates assisted
  a retired academic/writer Fenella Copplestone to prepare a
  selection of this now little known 18th century satirist's work
  ready for publication.
  (He was the best selling poet of his time!) 
  Responsibilities included transcribing selected poetry,  
  proofing, discussion of editing decisions and delivery of the
  completed text to the publishers in the agreed format. 
  Publication date - September/October 2009,
  Publisher - Carcanet Press

Opera singer and entertainer 
This is a fascinating research project archiving the career and recordings of one of Scotland's foremost opera singers ready for the launch of a dedicated website.  Responsibilities include:
  • building a performance chronology for Bill McCue's distinguished 50 year career
  • identifying significant highlights and sourcing images and recordings as appropriate
  • working with key Scottish cultural bodies with which Bill McCue had close connections
  • collaboration regarding the design and implementation of the website