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Just got this on the hotline from my colleague Dr David Manderson

“Congratulations to Kirsty McConnell, a graduate of last year’s Honours Screenwriting/Film-Making degree, for winning first prize in the London Screenwriters’ ‘Fifty Kisses’ short film script competition for her short script ‘Enough.

You can read her script and the judges’ comments here:

Well done Kirsty! A career beckons.”

We would like to invite you to a Creative Renfrewshire Network Conference in Paisley Town Hall

Thursday 25 October – 12.30 – 4pm.

This is a FREE event.

Keynote speakers will address the conference on Cultural Planning – with specific relevance to grassroots influence on cultural strategy.

The conference will:

- continue to give local cultural organisations / individuals the opportunity to communicate

- focus on practical support through workshops in marketing and social media, business development, fundraising and the development of an exciting new film project that will profile local cultural activity in Renfrewshire.

Schedule for the afternoon:

12:30 – 13:00 – Welcome and Registration

13:00 – 13:30 – Keynote Speakers – Gayle McPherson UWS / Tommy Crummy Prestonpans

Cultural Planning / Lisa Whytock The Spree 2013

13:40 – 14:20 – Workshop 1 – Film Making – ‘The Pattern’

Workshop 2 – Fundraising – ‘Raising the Cash’

14:20 – 14:35 – Refreshments

14:40 – 15:20 – Workshop 3 – Business Development – ‘Creativity Pays’

Workshop 4 – Marketing and Social Media – ‘Creative Marketing’

15:30 – 16:00 – Networking

Please bring any promotional material for display / distribution round the main hall.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get together and share plans and strategies, look for opportunities for collaboration and partnership and to provide inspiration as we strive towards an even better cultural landscape in Renfrewshire.

We hope you will be able to attend and would be grateful if you could pass this information on to any other individual or organisation who may also have an interest in attending this conference.

Please let us know how many places you require – and an indication of which 2 workshops you would like to attend.

If you require any further information please contact – Elise Kelly

Email: [email protected]

on behalf of the Creative Renfrewshire Network

Student Experience, Learning & Teaching (SELT) Forum

Extending the Student Voice in BCI

25th October, 1-4pm University Campus Ayr: Lecture Theatre 1


Welcome and introduction, Dr David McGillivray (Chair of SELT)

Panel 1: Student as Partners (or Producers): A Debate
The panel will respond to an pre-circulated blog post by Rachel Wenstone, Vice President (HE) at NUS

• The institutional perspective (Malcolm Foley, Vice Principal (Learning and Teaching) and Executive Dean) 10mins
• The student perspective (Garry Quigley, President SAUWS) 10 mins
• The staff perspective (Sandro Carnicelli, Business School) 10mins

Q&A Discussion (facilitated by David McGillivray) 15mins


Panel 2: From Policy to Practice: Exemplars of Student Involvement in BCI

• Business School good practice (Meg Dunn, Business School)
• CCI good practice (Stuart Hepburn, School of Creative & Cultural Industries)
• Pedagogies and Technologies to enhance involvement (Bill Steele, CAPD)


Coffee & Tea


Breakout session: Encouraging/embracing the student voice (45 mins discussion, 30 mins feedback)

- What are the main impediments to student involvement currently?
- What practical solutions would encourage greater student participation in course-related activities (SSLGs, SDGs, Faculty Boards)

In small groups (with table top flip charts) facilitated by Fiona Milne

4pm Close

Job Opportunity:  researcher,  27 hr at £13.05 /hr
University Of Glasgow is currently recruiting 18 postgraduate research students across the UK in order to contribute to a research project commissioned by the Higher Education Academy to evaluate the Postgraduate Research Student Experience Survey (PRES).
The work will be coordinated by Dr Lorenzo Vigentini and Barry McCluckie at the University of Glasgow and will provide important data for the evaluation and revision of the PRES.
The successful applicants will be part of the research team which involves 15 institutions and will provide essential support to the project by contributing to the evaluation in a number of ways:
  • they will carry out nine interviews (8 with peers and 1 with an academic staff),
  • they will be responsible for the data management and transcription of the interviews and
  • will contribute in all aspects of research and the exploration of key themes.
You will need to be familiar with remote communication tools (i.e. Skype or Google hangouts), comfortable with office applications, and have an inquisitive mindset.
Full details of the prerequisites and remuneration can be found in the job specification ( )
Please note that the deadline for submitting your application is Thursday 25th of October. If you would like to apply please go to the following link:
For any question or doubt please contact the project lead Dr Lorenzo Vigentini ([email protected]).

Women in film and television - 3:30pm for 5:00pm Start | Saturday 27 October | Venue:  Hopscotch Theatre Company, Water Row, Glasgow, G51 3UW

Following the huge success of the WFTV Writers’ Group in London, they’re delighted to announce the first Writers’ Group meeting for their members in Scotland.  Join Raisah Ahmed and Lynsey Murdoch and talk with fellow-members and writers.  Guest speaker Eleanor Yule.

For a limited period of time, this group is also open to non-members. Only writers though, please!

CONTACT DIRECTLY for further info Belle at - [email protected]

A new monthly Women in Film & Television Writers’ Group  - first session will be held at Hopscotch Theatre in Govan on Saturday 27th October from 3.30-5pm. All the details are on Eventbrite and here is the link:

This first meeting is free to all, and is women-only. It’s for anyone interested in writing professionally for the film and TV industry. Eleanor Yule is the first speaker, and we will bring in script editors, producers, actors and designers to enable the group work with indsutry professionals.

I have wrtitten previously about the setting up of our UWS collaboration project “Studio Lab”  at our new Television Studios at University Of The West Of Scotland in Ayr . We have now reached Week 3 of the project and it is developing at a breathtaking pace.

Ten  4th year (level 10 )  Contemporary Screen Acting Students have worked on creating  the scenario, characters and script of a live recorded studio production of approximately 30-60 mins in length. Readers will, I hope,  appreciate that this is a substantial piece of work.It   will be recorded  ”as live” at UWS Ayr  Studios on December 5th. It will be directed by professional TV Director Michael Hines , who as well as being one of Scotland’s leading directors, also lectures on our Camera Acting Techniques and Screen Drama modules. All the improvisational materials and exercises are being  been recorded , edited and disseminated online to the performance  team by volunteer Film Making & Screenwriting students as part of this crossover collaboration. The volunteer  recording team have put in literally hours of work to ensure that the acting team have the material in an edited form in order to reflect, and then deepen the characterisations which will be eventually reflected in an improvised  shooting script to prepare for the live recording.

Rebecca Skinner, Emmi Häkkä, Marius Pocevičius and Lizzie Kane in UWS Ayr Studios

As the project progresses closer towards  shooting, Broadcast Production students will become more involved, so that by the time we record, I expect a team of about 20 strong production team to be part of the behind the scenes efforts to capture the live recording of this experimental drama. Thus around 30 UWS Creative Industries students will have had the chance to take part in an authentic  hands on experience which we hope will arm them for the challenges of the Professional Creative Industries.

We have now reached week 3 of the project. So far students have worked on Object, Situation and Interactive  improvisations. This has produced approximately 3 hours of edited material. The first part of each session is taken up by watching, discussing and reflecting upon last weeks material. All the edited material has been previously posted on a closed Facebook Group where all the participating students, both voluntary and assessed, take part in creative online discussions through the week.Screen Acting  students are tasked with creating three dimensional authentic characters with a backstory, personna, and  psychological underpinning which will propel them into the creation of a fully integrated live drama.

Having now gathered a wealth of material, students are  engaged in the process of “locating” the precinct within which the final production will be based. Will it be an airport? An institution? A city street? A Spaceship? Inside John Malkovich’s head? The decision of what, where and how the precinct will be will evolve over  the next two weeks, so that by week 6, students have a firm grasp of the creative parameters of the project. By weeks 7 and 8, the  now located script will be further improvised, developed and honed. At this point, UWS Screenwriting students will distill all the material into a developing script, so that by the time we get to the Technical Rehearsal in Week 10 on Nov 28th, we will have an agreed shooting script  which fully reflects the creative input of all participants. We are then planning a final screening in our Campus HD 7:1 Movie Theatre in Week 12.

Next trimester, all the Contemporary Screen Acting students are tasked with writing a 4-6,000 word Ethnographic survey of the lived experience of the entire process.  This part of the process is has been devised and delivered by my colleague Dr John Quinn at UWS.

The combination  of the two processes, Recorded Artefact and Ethnographic Survey will combine in a 40 Credit Module to complete the Contemporary Screen Acting Research Project. We plan to have all student work submitted in a digital form and be deliverable online in the first ever truly paperless  I will update progress with the StudioLab project as it develops.

Katie Power,Catherine Lockhart,Stuart McGowan,Anna Kennedy & Claudie Baker Park improvise. Photos by William Aldridge

Hi there,

I’m emailing from the Harbour Arts Centre in Irvine… we have an exclusive premiere production of The Arches show: Hitch/Crunch performing at our Theatre tomorrow evening at 7.30pm. We are offering 20 free tickets to anyone involved in the arts to come along and watch it. I understand that this is very last minute but if you have anyway of passing this information on to any of your students we would be very grateful. Here’s the show information:

The Arches presents:

Hitch by Kieran Hurley/Crunch by Gary McNair

Catch two of Scotland’s most exciting young theatre performers Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair in this special performance double bill.

Hitch by Kieran Hurley
On the 8th of July 2009, leaders of eight of the world’s most powerful countries met in the Italian town of L’Aquila to make plans for the future of our planet. The Arches Platform 18 2011 award winner – Kieran Hurley – hitched a lift from Glasgow to be there. Join Kieran for this heartfelt autobiographical performance about global leaders, compassionate strangers a young man and his thumb which asks questions about the meaning and purpose of political protest, the limits of personal power, and the genuine possibility of change.
“Warm, generous…unexpectedly moving..” (The Observer)

Crunch by Gary McNair
Gary believes you’ve got what it takes to complete his five-step programme and that you can be liberated from the tyranny of money forever. 
Is it a lecture? Is it a test? Is he rally serious? Find out in this entertaining and thought provoking live experiment about the value of money.
“A sneakily clever performance…” (The Guardian)

Sat 6th October

If anyone is interested could they please call our box office to reserve their FREE ticket… thank you very much for your time

Gemma Boyd

Harbour Arts Centre
114-116 Harbour Street
KA12 8PZ

Tel: 01294-274059
Fax: 01294-271419 

Gaiety Theatre , Ayr , Stage

The Gaiety Stage

I am indebted to my colleague at UWS, Graham Jeffery for the following news :
Marking a creative new chapter for arts in South Ayrshire, Ayr Gaiety Partnership has been awarded Capital Investment from Creative Scotland to redevelop Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre; transforming the historic South Ayrshire venue into a vibrant hub of theatre and arts activity for South Ayrshire, including a studio, education space, digital screen facilities and flexible spaces. (Development award £52,298; provisional Stage 2 award £1,176,277).

Ayr Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety is one of sixteen projects for development announced by Creative Scotland on 25 September. The awards, for buildings and public art projects, will support organisations to develop ambitious new plans taking place across Scotland. Each project will now begin a detailed development stage and almost £15 million National Lottery funds has been set aside by Creative Scotland to support successful final plans.

Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland said:

“Great cultural facilities in every part of Scotland allow many more people to experience, enjoy and learn about a range of creative work. We are delighted to support Ayr Gaiety further develop its ambitious plans and we look forward to receiving full project plans that can invigorate the arts and creative industries across South Ayrshire. Involving local people in all aspects of activities, the hub will provide a platform for Community participation”.

Ian Welsh Chair of  Ayr Gaiety Partnership said:

“AGP welcomes the announcement of development funding from Creative Scotland. We hope to secure the full award in due course and augment this with other sources of funding. This will then form the basis of Phase 4 of the Gaiety Capital Programme on a basis to be determined. Meanwhile we look forward to the reopening of the theatre in December with our inaugural pantomime, Cinderella”.


The development of the Gaiety will invigorate the arts and creative industries across South Ayrshire through wide ranging partnership working.
The Gaiety will provide a base for arts programming, education and participative activity, and a social hub for those interested in the arts and creative industries.
The hub will directly improve the quality of life and opportunities for local residents, involving local people in all aspects of activities as audience, participant and volunteer.
Practitioners and students will benefit from training and showcasing opportunities, and a year round programme of activity will contribute to economic regeneration and the visitor economy.
The Gaiety will be the premier performing arts venue in South West Scotland, presenting the best of mid and small scale Scottish touring.
An innovative learning theatre will be developed in partnership with the University of the
West of Scotland (UWS), alongside a creative platform to support both aspiring and established practitioners in the arts and creative industries.
To create a platform for aspiring and established professionals in the arts and creative industries
To be a vibrant community hub to support and stimulate participation in arts and creativity.
To showcase the best creative work from professional, amateur and educational practitioners.
To help form close working relationships with Scotland’s small and mid scale producers and touring companies and selected international companies.
To develop capacity to provide a programme of outreach work in partnership with local venues and festivals.
To seek out and develop new audiences for all artforms.
To work as a catalyst for innovation, including initiatives in youth theatre, community music and disability arts.
To provide a ‘thinking’ venue with a range of talks, seminars, summer school, and training opportunities.
To stimulate the local economy as a destination venue for residents and visitors, improving the fabric of the town centre and contributing to the tourism offer of the area.

Hey folks, lotsa news today – and after all the excitement of the recent screening event at Cineworld, don’t forget to buy your tickets for the October screening night, now on sale at CCA box office – details on flyersattached and at CCA Box Office.

1) ‘GETTING OLD – WHAT’S AW THAT ABOUT?’ 4 short films produced by WCA Members, Hymn to Freedom by Steven Diamond, Oliver by Marc Bueidel, Extract from Mrs Lees by Linda Campbell, Reflections by Katie White. PLUS Q & Afterwards for audience with cast and crew and networking afterwards. TICKETS now available from CCA at £3 and £5, 50p booking fee applies. BRING FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES and FAMILY, to support, question, cry, laugh, and have fun! We are very proud to have had this event included in the Luminate festival; Scotlands first ever festival in support of creative ageing. Coming to you soon!

We are delighted to announce script development on the 2012 WCA! winning script ‘Sewing Solutions’ is complete, and we are putting out a final call for applicants interested in Production, Directing or principal crew roles in the project, prior to our Cast Call. Register interest by end September to this email. Please note there is NO budget for this project, but a lot of in-kind support, excellent contacts and showreel footage plus the film WILL be screened at next years Screening event in Cineworld. In-kind support includes collaboration with our MOD’s as per website who work with us on FACILITATED PROJECTS with DIRECT WCA! involvement.

5) WCA! VOLUNTEERS REQ’D – WCA! is looking for the following volunteer roles within the organisation: Admin support, Book-keeping, Assistant Coordinator, Events Coordinator/Planner, Workshop Assistant(S), Production Assistant for our facilitated Productions, and Funding Assistant – These roles require your skills and a small time commitment on a monthly basis, PLUS are a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to support indie filmmaking while enhancing their own skills, C.V.s, work experience & contacts! Register interest by end September to this email. All roles are for an immediate start, with work divided between home and WCA workspace, and require attendance at one monthly meeting.

4. CAST CALL for short film COLLABORATION- Following last years successful short film collaboration with East Renfrewshires Camcorder Club and actors cast from WCA! a second project is underway and Cast req’d from WCA! for “The One Minute Verdict” set in a courtroom. Last years collaboration “Divorce Is So Final” gained three stars in the BIAFF competition with the judges particularly noting the quality of the acting (from WCA participants)They also have a publicity article in the “Extra” (local weekly newspaper) in which they extol the co-operation between themselves, Eastwood Writers and WriteCameraAction in producing “Divorce Is So Final”
“East Renfrewshire Camcorder Club is looking for actors (male or female) for their latest film project “The One Minute Verdict” set in a courtroom. We require a Defendant, a Defence QC, a Prosecution QC, a Clerk of the Court and a Jury Foreman/woman. We are a small amateur club (who win awards – LC!) and can offer reasonable travelling expenses, tea, coffee, sandwiches and an enjoyable day’s filming. We plan to shoot on either a Saturday or Sunday in October.
If interested, please contact David Atkins at [email protected] or on 07896862612.”

5) XMAS PART SUB COMMITTEE – Volunteers for immediate start to organise and co-ordinate WCA! Xmas party. whooooooooooo whooooooooooo!!! CONTACT us via this email – merci buckets ;)  WriteCameraAction!


Thanks WCA Team!


WCA! is a voluntary run, not-for-profit organisation in support of the creative community and independent filmmaking.


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