Festival in a Box: sharing knowledge on dementia and the arts

 Project Dissemination: As the Bloomsbury Festival in a Box Project moves towards its dissemination stages, we are opening up the ‘archives of engagement’ that have developed over the course of the project via a number of outlets. The first of these is a knowledge share day at the School of Advanced Study, which will bring together leading practitioners… Continue reading Festival in a Box: sharing knowledge on dementia and the arts

The Bloomsbury Festival, or the Bloomsbury Fair?

It’s the Bloomsbury fair, not the Bloomsbury Festival!’ Such was the reaction of one of my research participants upon our arriving at her flat with the Bloomsbury ‘Festival in a Box’ a couple of weeks ago.  This participant is now in her late nineties and has lived in central Bloomsbury since the Second World War.… Continue reading The Bloomsbury Festival, or the Bloomsbury Fair?

‘I want to make the argument for poetry in our lives, whatever our discipline, whoever we are’; Reflecting on the Launch of Prospering Wisely

On Wednesday 12th of February I went had breakfast at the House of Lords. Unfortunately, I can’t pretend that this is how I generally start my Wednesdays. I was invited to these grand surroundings on business, specifically to attend the launch of a new website and publication from the British Academy: Prospering Wisely: How the… Continue reading ‘I want to make the argument for poetry in our lives, whatever our discipline, whoever we are’; Reflecting on the Launch of Prospering Wisely

Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Looking Back on ‘National Storytelling Week’

It was ‘National Storytelling Week’ last week (1st-8th Feb). If nothing else, this meant that there was a welcome focus in the national press on the therapeutic and social importance on the act of storytelling, and on what it means to form narratives and communicate them to others. Given the narrative focus of the Festival… Continue reading Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: Looking Back on ‘National Storytelling Week’