Friday, 26 April 2013

New Writing South Publishing Industry Day

New Writing South recently hosted its extremely popular annual publishing industry day at the Jubilee Library in Brighton.

The event was kicked off by a panel debate discussing 'The End of Traditional Print'. 

Creative Reach co-director Clare Christian was on the panel along with Michael Bhaskar from Profile Books, 
Diana Horner from eBook Partnership and the debate was chaired by playwright, therapist and author Andrew G Marshall.

The starting point of the discussion was that the publishing industry has been shaken up by the advances in digital publishing in recent years. The explosion of ebooks, apps, social media and self‐publishing has given writers new ways to find a market and reach wider audiences for their work, however digital developments have also made it harder for writers to stand out from the crowd. This panel discussion explores the alternatives to traditional print publishing and asks questions such as: What are the ways in which digital technology can help find read readers and develop your career? How do you choose the best media for your work? And what are the creative opportunities for writers?

It was a fascinating and well-supported debate that concluded that while print publishing might be changing it is a process of evolution rather than extinction.

L-R Clare Christian, Diana Horner, Andrew Marshall, Michael Bhaskar

Monday, 22 April 2013

Arts Funding seminar is a hit at Central Sussex College Sixth Form

The first of a series of Creative Seminars to take place at the new Central Sussex College Sixth Form in Haywards Heath was a resounding success. The seminars form part of a bid to develop Haywards Heath and Mid Sussex as a Creative Hub for the region and raise the town and college’s profile and with creative practitioners and young emerging artists coming from the local area and as far afield as Milton Keynes and Birmingham, the event was one positive step closer in that process.

The seminar covered Funding for the Arts, an area well-known to be highly competitive. It involved a panel of professional artists talking about funding and sharing their knowledge and experience. The panel was comprised of Paul Bonham, Arts Council England (South East), Belinda Holden, co-director of the Creative Reach Consultancy and public art specialist and Robin Belfield, freelance theatre director, producer, writer and past creative director of the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Creative Reach Director Nigel Ryan introduces the panel
Nigel Ryan who is on the Local Community Board for Central Sussex College Sixth Form and the principal at Creative Reach, said, “Our strategy is to try and change the general perception of Haywards Heath by focusing on the positive things that are happening locally, like the college’s fantastic new £30m facility, the planning approval for a new multimillion pound Waitrose development and the recent Haywards Heath station redesign and refurbishment. So bringing high profile national organisations like Arts Council England to the town to discuss funding arts and culture is all part of the strategic process.”

Paul Bonham, Arts Council England said, “We were very happy with the seminar. Mid Sussex is not served as well as Brighton or London and we are actively looking to facilitate more events of a similar nature in partnership with Creative Reach”

Creative Reach Director Belinda Holden kicks off the panel debate
Artists and creative practitioners wanting to know more about Funding for the Arts can visit or

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Interested in Publishing?

Creative Reach co-founder Clare Christian will be running a number of free drop in sessions at the Lindfield Arts Festival on 11th May.

The 20-minute sessions start at 10.30 and you can find more details here: