1. First of all, what made you want to get involved with Networked Narrative (NN)?
From the beginning of this project I could see the potential Networked Narrative could bring to the Wigan Borough. The project is unique and exciting opportunity for young people and group leaders to experience. The high quality art is opening up connections between three geographical areas to come together to create a world of intrigue and fantasy. I’m really looking forward to seeing what develops.
2. What role do you think WCLT plays in lives of young people?
We want to inspire, nurture and raise the aspirations of young people within Wigan Borough, to enable them to realise their potential by offering unique opportunities such as Networked Narrative project.
3. What is the future of community centres?
I think there is an opportunity to work more closelywith community centres with the arts playing a positive role in brining people together.
4. What advice would you give to a young person wanting to get involved in their community?
Not to be afraid to explore your own imagination and potential, there is an ocean of opportunity waiting for you.
5. Tell us about the earliest memory you have of libraries and books?
My earliest memory of my local library was in Huyton Village, Derby Road. The building was constructed in the late 70’s and has since been demolished. The colour scheme was not particularly inviting for children, featuring varied shades of brown throughout the building, alongside quite strange and intriguing 70’s artwork. Within the children’s library there always one book I would search for Masquerade, written and illustrated by Kit Williams, published in August 1979. The book sparked a treasure hunt by concealing clues to the location of a jewelled golden hare, created and hidden somewhere in Britain by Williams. It became the inspiration for a genre of books known today as armchair treasure hunts.
6. What do you think makes a good story?
A good story should immersive you into your own brilliant imagination, provoking questions, solutions or intrigue. It’s escapism!
7. What do you think is the best way to empower someone?
Creative and cultural approaches empower individuals and communities to make decisions and implement change in their lives and the lives of others. Empowered communities with a vision are motivated and dedicated to create a positive outcome for their community and as an individual. The impact of empowerment raises aspirations, builds confidence, develops skills and creates a sense of place and belonging.
8. What do you hope people will get from NN?
● To be inspired and experience high quality arts provision
● Enable participants to make own decisions by creating a sense of ownership
● To be recognised by own peers and to feel proud to be part of a national digital arts programme
● To recognise newly established skills and implement within in own learning
● Creation of potential pathways into the creative sector
● Participants to become new and emerging artists in their own right or developing own creative collective, taking inspiration from project lead artists
9. What is your favourite part of NN?
Engaging young people who may not have the opportunity to experience the arts.
10. Is this a project you would have wanted to get involved with at 16?