Mac's Bespoke Words workshops combine creative writing with performance narration, these focus on the monologue, poetic spoken word structures and storytelling. An introduction to the unique aspects of writing for the voice, and writing for, or adapting existing material to performance and broadcast.
adaptable for ages yr 4/5 and up to degree and adult level.
Contemporary Performance Poetry: An introduction to the contemporary scene,with warm up exercises and recital examples encouraging students to explore working on performance, focusing on recital and memorizing techniques and the oral tradition of poetic storytelling.
The Story Architect:
Building stories from the foundations up, these workshops involve word games and teams, simple writing from scratch exercises which then develop into building stories as well as inhabiting them.
Adaptable for Year 4/5 and HE levels.
references available on request
KEAP The Story Republic - facilitating poetry and writing workshops in schools around Cornwall, 2013-14.
Caravanserai Fireside Sessions - promoting storytelling, music and poetry performances from 2008 to 2014.
Poetry by Heart, 2013 Cornwall regional adjudicator
The Enigma Deviations - drawing and narrative sound installation, March 15th to April 30th, 2014, Jam Records, Falmouth
“Dunlop differs from other performance poets in that the words and sentiments he utters come to us from a character or persona he has adopted.”
Edward Picot, Editor, The Hyperliterature Exchange http://hyperex.co.uk/reviewmacdunlop.php
“A master of the monologue in action”
Alyson Hallett, author, “The Stone Library”
The Parabola Project (anthology)
Volume 1, Issue two
As Poetry Editor of Cornish World Magazine, 2007 to 2010 (now MyCornwall),
24 monthly interviews with SW based writers including
Interview with Philip Gross: Issue 70
Interview with Penelope Shuttle: Issue 67
Interview with Murray Lauchlan Young: Issue 65
BBC Radio Three October 2009, The Verb – Dirty Bomb (poem)
Resonance Fm, (London) weekly, The Source FM (Cornwall) weekly Unspoken Words - Episodes 1 through 40 (2009/2011)
Audio Poetry Publications (The Poetry Point Press):
Weather’s Fine: Audio Poetry Collection 2005
The Chicken Coup: Spoken Word CD, 30 minutes 2006
Underground Station: Spoken Word, CD 30 minutes 2006
Chopper Drop Out: Spoken Word 2006
The Polisher’s Travels: DVD 2008
Unspoken Words, Alive and Live Only 2011
Recently Performed with:
Apples and Snakes (2009)
Port Elliot Festival (2009/2010/2011)
Wonderful Words Festival (2009)
Enhanced CRB Disclosure Check July 13th, 2010
Public Liability Insured up to £ 5 million.
Freelance Artist and Teacher
Brief description of teaching and creative workshop and production skills
• Radio Production -Poetry/Spoken Word editing, writing, recording
• Exhibition Curation and Installation
• Public Sculpture and Architectural Artworks
• Installation Art
• Cartoon drawing and caricature
• CACDP Level One Certificate in British Sign Language
• M.A. Fine Art, University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Co-founder and Facilitator, Caravanserai project,
Creative Arts Workshop and Residency foundation,
Portscatho/Gerrans, The Roseland (July 2009 to present) www.caravanserai.info
Co-founder/consultant, VS1 Productions
VS1 facilitates networking opportunities and practical learning workshops in the South West region, delivering high quality productions that both challenge and fulfill young deaf film-makers. www.vs1.org
The Story Republic, 2013, ongoing
creative workshops in schools and colleges around Cornwall as part of ‘The Story Republic’ - a region wide Literature project administered by KEAP (Kernow Education and Arts Partnership).
The Poetry Point, a hub for Literature related events, designed to explore creative expression for groups and workshops through combining the Visual Arts with contemporary literature and music.
Selected Previous Work
Producer and Facilitator, Cornwall unit, CARM Project* (January to November 2012)
*The CARM project is an AHRC Connected Communities funded project working with community groups to reflect on and share learning through community media.
‘The Silhouette Garden’, involved developing a metal wall relief designed from children’s drawings using light and shadow. The final piece was also designed as a backdrop for a raised garden, incorporating the school’s desire to improve the landscaped area at the entrance to the school.
Funded and Supported by Art For Health Cornwall and the Isles of Scilley and Communities for Change
Public Sculpture Commission:
Staple Hill Library, Bristol March 2009
“Leaves” A powder coated aluminium sculptural feature for the new multi-function library building at Staple Hill, Broad Streeet Bristol. Commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council. (budget 6k)
The Marking the Transition Poetry Project took place at Bedminster Family Practice and the local Library. A group of patients took part in a series of workshops that developed new writing to mark the move of the old Dean Lane Surgery into the purpose built Centre for Well Being, Bedminster Family Practice. (2005)
Public Art Commission
NEW BEDMINSTER LIBRARY May, 2005
Permanent Glass Artwork, a collaborative design incorporating different languages, including Sign and Braille for the architectural glass frontage of the New Library, Bedminster Parade, Bristol. (budget 5k)
Some relevant examples of Workshops and Creative courses
f.f.i please see link: http://thepoetrypoint.wordpress.com/ycc-project-2008/
Young Cultural Creators Project, in association with the Cornwall Records Office 2008 and Truro’s Pupil Referral Unit (15/16 year olds)
Workingwith the CRO, Falmouth Library, and Falmouth Art Gallery, young people responding to the CRO archives. Six weekly sessions resulted in the publication of ‘Can’t Write, Won’t Write’, comprised of participant’s illustrations and poems and a public reading at the CRO by participants.
The Poetry Point’s ‘Senses of Place’ Writing Courses, which took place at Treloan on Cornwall’s Roseland peninsula. 2011 weekend workshops
Bespoken Words – writing for broadcast workshops, 6 Spoken Word workshops at Plymouth College. Culminating in recording sessions 2011.
• The poetry point www.thepoetrypoint.wordpress.com
• Caravanserai www.fieldsite.wordpress.com
• Home page http://sparror.cubecinema.com/macdunlop
• Here Nor There www.herenorthere.org
VS1 productions www.vs1.org
I am writing to provide a reference for Mac Dunlop.
I have known Mac in a professional capacity and as a friend, since 1992, through my post at Watershed Media Centre, where I worked in the photography department from 1992 until 1996. I maintained contact with Mac whilst then working in the West Midlands and have worked closely with him recently, having returned to Bristol.
From knowing Mac in a variety of contexts I have observed that he is highly professional and motivated in his work. He immerses himself in his practice with great enthusiasm and energy. He is always highly committed to his work and able to reflect on his practice in an ongoing way to inform its development. He is also able to maintain both a strategic overview of the work he is doing as well having as a keen eye for detail. His process is one that is fluid and flexible and responsive to the aspirations, needs and interests of those who he works with; both participants and other stakeholders.
I have recently worked with Mac to evaluate the public art project that he has facilitated with Annie Lovejoy at Barton Hill Children’s Campus. It is evident that Mac can communicate effectively and sensitively with a diverse range of individuals and groups, including children, young people and teachers. Feedback from individuals involved in the Barton Hill Children’s Campus public art project; including the pupils, caretaker, site manager, funders, etc.; has highlighted the extent to which a diverse cross section of people find Mac very approachable and easy to talk to and work with.
On the basis of the above I would highly recommend Mac for work in education, arts and creativity. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information.
Educational Researcher at Knowle West Media Centre, and
Editorial team member at Journal of Arts & Communities
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