Scottish writer and illustrator Debi Gliori visited Expecting Something in Lochgelly last week. The group in Lochgelly are working towards creating their own story for babies and their adults, all about the experience of being a new parent, welcoming in a new person. Together – through all the chaos and energy of young children – they explored children’s books and stories for wee ones. Afterwards, Debi wrote about her session and the ways in which the challenges we think we can never overcome, may be opportunities in disguise.
Fraser Stone joined Starcatchers as the project coordinator for Creative Kin. He’s the man behind the operation, liaising with the artists who facilitate the sessions, the families taking part, and our project partners Children 1st. Tomorrow is the first block of sessions taking place in Moray, and in his first blog (hopefully of many!) Fraser shares his insights into Creative Kin, and what he’s working towards achieving with it.
Greg Sinclair is a composer, performer, musician and one of Starcatchers’ Associate Artists. He’s worked with us across all areas of our work, including recently as composer/performer in MamaBabaMe; delivering Creative Skills music sessions, and bringing music to the babies at Expecting Something. Greg’s also a member of Sprog Rock and right now, he’s preparing for the final two gigs at LYRA this weekend. In this blog he gives a wee behind the scenes tour of the Sprog Rock workshops, and his favourite moments.
Artist Liam Chapman is one of the Sprog Rock band members working across four local authorities to create brand new music with children in different nurseries. In his project blog he talks about his favourite moments of creative genius from the children he’s been working with, and how the kids engage with new music and instruments in their own unique ways.
Naomi is our lead artist in North Ayrshire. She facilitates the sessions with creative kinship carers and the children they look after, enabling and empowering familial relationships through creative activities. In this blog, she reflects on how the project has developed during its first block of sessions.
Rosie Sunshine is a movement and performance artist, who worked with the Lochgelly group for five weeks as part of our Emerging Artist Bursary programme. In this blog she reflects on her experience of developing the idea of a circus theatre piece for babies and their adults with the group, and witnesses the real power of collaboration in creating new ideas.
Artist Geraldine Heaney is one of the Sprog Rock band members working across four local authorities to create brand new music with children in different nurseries. In her project blog she talks about the creative process for the children at Kelly Street Nursery in Greenock, whose music was performed at the gigs on 30 September at the Beacon Arts Centre.
Recently, at Expecting Something in Wester Hailes, the group were lucky enough to welcome a special musical neighbour . . .
Ronan joined the project as our trainee, and has been working hard to support the company at their workshops and rehearsals as they create brand new music with the nursery children. Here he gives us a wee glimpse into his awesome adventures!
Sprog Rocker Katy Wilson writes about how our brilliant live music project Sprog Rock came to be!