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Peter Laws, MK Lit Fest 2020

Greetings from Creepy Cove
Zoom online event, Friday 23 October 2020, 7.30pm, Free

To register for this event please visit the MK LitFest website.
This event is free to attend, but donations to our costs would be very welcome. Click here to donate online.

The Event

Peter Laws is an ordained Reverend with a taste for the macabre. He writes a monthly column in The Fortean Times magazine and is the creator of the acclaimed Matt Hunter crime-fiction series, published by Allison and Busby. The latest, Possessed (click to order from Waterstones), explores the world of murder and demonic possession.

He also wrote the non-fiction book The Frighteners: Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death and Gore [ICON Books, 2018] where he travelled to Transylvania, Rome and across the UK explaining (and defending) the human morbid streak. He is the creator of the ground breaking Creepy Cove Community Church Podcast, a regular ‘church service’ complete with Gothic hymns, spooky sermons and eerie prayers: all broadcast from a mysterious haunted fishing town where every horror film actually happened. The podcast is a mixture of comedy, drama and non-judgemental spirituality, and has been described as ‘Songs of Praise meets Stephen King’. 

He lives in Bedfordshire. 

MinK2020 Anthology Launch, MK Lit Fest 2020

MinK2020: City of Dreams
Winners announced and anthology launch
Zoom online event, Friday 9 October 2020, 7pm, Free

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Artist Profile: Jan Harrington

We talk to Jan Harrington, who creates site-specific installations, in the latest of our artist profile series. Nominated as part of the Graduate Platform Award 2019, Jan’s recent exhibitions include Project Space, MK Gallery, Project Space NN Contemporary and Free Range London 2019. She is a Print Fellow at the University of Northampton.

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Two Poets, MK LitFest 2020

Sophia Blackwell and John McCullough: Two Contemporary Poets

Zoom online event, Wednesday 30 September 2020, 7.30pm, Free

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Footprints and Future Fossils, MK Lit Fest 2020

Reading, In Conversation & Q&A
Produced by Future Fossil in collaboration with MK Lit Fest

Andy Merritt, Future Fossil artist, and Professor David Farrier, author of Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils, talk to Fiona Boundy, Future Fossil Commissioner

Zoom Webinar, Tuesday 22 September 2020, 7.30 – 8.45pm, Free Read More

MK Lit Fest 2020 is back!

MK Lit Fest might not be able to bring you a face-to-face festival this year, but we are delighted to announce the first five of a series of online events.

For the remainder of 2020, we’ll be hosting a number of Zoom-based events to bring you writers, words, books and ideas while we’re unable to safely mingle face-to-face. Click through to individual events for further details, including information on how to book. Read More

Consultancy Positions Filled

We are very pleased to announce that following a very competitive field of applications, Cultivate-EM and Caroline Taylor Consulting have been appointed to undertake the duties of Organisational Development Consultant and Fundraising Consultant. We look forward to working with both over the coming month’s to further the work of Arts Gateway MK.

Artist Profile – Jane Charles

We talk to textile artist Jane Charles in the latest of our artist profile series. Read More

Artist Profile – Maliheh Zafarnezhad

We talk to Maliheh Zafarnezhad, whose work features photo transfer and multi-layered pieces of collage, in the latest of our artist profile series.
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Arts Gateway recognises mother and daughter virtual art club in lockdown


Each month we are selecting one of the contributors to the Changed World Art Zone who is a shining example of the excellent art and art projects we have seen inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month it is Wendy Thompson, who told us about the virtual art club she started with her mum Beryl to overcome separation during lockdown and to help maintain meaningful contact.

Wendy explained: ““Beryl is my mum. She is 85, has advanced dementia and is bedbound as both hips are permanently dislocated. She lives in a nursing home and I’ve not seen her in person since 23 March when lockdown started. She can’t hold a conversation when we Skype, but at least I can see her and she can see me. But it’s not the same as holding hands, which we do during most visits. A few weeks ago, I was showing her my lockdown paintings on Skype and suggested mum watched Grayson’s Art Club. The home’s activities coordinator asked whether we could try having a virtual art club session via Skype, where Mum and I both paint a picture within a set hour to a set theme. We’ve had 6 sessions now and these are the paintings Mum has done. I LOVE them  What’s amazing is that Mum has never been artistic in her life. But more importantly, during the hour she is totally focused, engaged, absorbed. We talk about what we’re doing, the colours we’re choosing, how we’re applying the paint. She has a conversation with me and is clearly proud of her achievement. Through our art we can enjoy the moment and rock the lockdown together!

Arts Gateway has selected Wendy and Beryl’s work because it clearly struck a chord with a lot of people, and shows the power of art in aiding communication and wellbeing.

In recognition of this achievement, Arts Gateway will be making a donation to charity of Wendy’s choice – Dementia UK which has been offering support to people living with dementia and their families during lockdown.

See more art inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Changed World Art Zone. In this group we welcome posts from professional artists and amateur artists – you may post your own work or that of someone you know (with their permission) or art you have seen online.

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