Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Stories on the Move: Storytelling through Poetry and Dance

Stories on the Move: Storytelling through poetry and dance

The Nightingale Rooms, Surrey Street, Brighton. Wednesday 11th October, 7pm. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on door.

This autumn, Share Your Story is teaming up with local artists Katrina Quinn and Tick Tock Bridget to present something a little different: a special double-bill night of physically dynamic and creative storytelling.

 

And in usual SYS style, there’ll be a chance to ask questions and learn more about the storyteller’s personal and artistic journeys. 


INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY 50 min
Katrina Quinn (www.katrinaswords.com) swims onto the stage with her award-nominated solo show, “Individual Medley”. Spoken word meets physical theatre in the coming-of-age tale about moving from Basingstoke to Zambia, aged 12. Katrina explores the joys and challenges of crossing borders, in the many forms they take. Expect to laugh, cry, reminisce and leave wanting to swim more.

Break

REJOINING JANE 30 min
Tick Tock Bridget (www.ticktockbridget.com) are dance artists who came together in 2015 to create live performances that celebrate the everyday stories we share. “Rejoining Jane” invites you into a playful and joyful dance experience, journeying in and out of reality. Eavesdrop on their conversations, delight in the maps, music and movement.

 

Katrina and Tick Tock Bridget both had successful sold-out runs at Brighton Fringe. Don’t miss out!

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We're at a new venue this month - The Nightingale Rooms, Surrey Street, Brighton. Tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door. See you there!

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May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Share Your Story: Talking of Mental Health

Share Your Story: Talking of Mental Health

Sharing: Verity Spott, Paul Ord, Shirley O'Toole and Caroline Jones.

****Tickets available on the door****

For May's SYS we have tied in with Mental Health Awareness Week to make space to hear people's real stories of their journeys with mental health.  

We all strive towards good mental health, and yet we live in a society obsessed with – and primarily focused on - the health of the physical body.

So many of us struggle to find and maintain balance in our mental health – so we have invited four people to share their stories around this topic, bringing this crucial subject a little more into the light.

Ultimately at Share Your Story we are about living good stories and flourishing. That doesn't mean burying or ignoring these issues, but instead bringing them to the fore, journeying with them and addressing them honestly and openly.

Speaker bios can be found below.

Not been to a Share Your Story before? Here's a little info about how it works. Each speaker will have 15 minutes to share their story. They are encouraged to be open and vulnerable but can take their story in any direction they choose. Some decide to take a long view and talk about their whole journey, while others choose to focus on a particular snapshot of time, or project they worked on. By the end of the evening you'll have heard from speakers of different backgrounds and approaches, each with their own unique perspective, and we hope that you'll go away both encouraged and challenged and, ultimately, ready to live a good story yourself. Share Your Story is a social enterprise - all money made is re-invested back towards our goals of sharing real life stories and helping people live good stories themselves.

At May's event, Maria, a good friend and previous Share Your Story speaker, will be hosting an interactive exercise for those that want to take part, giving us a chance to reflect on our own wellbeing and mental health. 

A bit about the speakers

 

 

Verity Spott:

Verity is a poet, musician, care worker and performer. She has written several books of poetry - most recently 'Click Away Close Door Say' (Contraband Books) which is a collection of writing documenting the daily life of work in institutional care. Verity plays cello with the free jazz / improvisation trio 'In Threads' alongside various other music and sound projects. 

 

 

Paul Ord: 

A passionate advocate of improved mental health care and support, Paul worked for several years as a volunteer mentor with ASpire, a local charity offering befriending and support services to those with with autism spectrum disorders. Diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 15, Paul has a broad personal experience of both talking therapies and medications, and is a strong advocate of physical and creative activity as a means of healing. Paul will address his personal journey with mental illness through self penned poetry and letters, encompassing issues such as self harm, addiction, sexual identity, and work related anxiety

Shirley O'Toole:  

Shirley O'Toole is the founder of local mental health advocacy charity Changes Ahead:

25 years ago I never dreamed that I would challenge the psychiatric system even though I was often left bewildered and concerned throughout those years.  Today, I see it as my right. 

On the back of my own experiences, I made the decision that I would support families, friends, neighbours (the support systems for those struggling with poor mental health) on a voluntary basis, offering techniques and tools to help them stay in place.  I felt us to be a maligned group, let down, left to fend for ourselves outside of the hierarchical system of psychiatry. And so Changes Ahead was born..."

 

Caroline Jones:

 

Caroline’s recent memoir, ‘The Spaces in Between’, is the compelling story of her decade-long journey through the eating disorder, bulimia, in which she interweaves her experience with insights and reflections on what she learned in the extraordinary process of recovery.

At the age of sixteen, on arrival at boarding school from her home in East Africa, Caroline developed a secret life and a secret illness with a pattern of destructive behaviour which gradually grew out of her control.

Caroline’s story will resonate with anyone who has struggled with identity, escapism, growing up or rooting down. Its lessons on compassion, and our ability to change the track we find ourselves on, will speak to all of us.

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Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Poverty and Injustice

Share Your Story: Poverty and Injustice: Can we do anything?
WEDNESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 7:00PM AT ONE CHURCH BRIGHTON, GLOUCESTER PLACE, BN1 4AA.

WITH SIOBHAN WILSON, ANNA RIDOUT AND SAMARA LEVY.

Read on for event info and speaker bios. Reserve your tickets here or click here to learn more about Share Your Story.

 

EVENT INFO

For our next event we take on an international focus as we look at global poverty and injustice. We read about it in the media and online, see it in the news and know it exists. We see pictures, read news articles and know the statistics. Yet for most of us the reality is very distant and the day-to-day impact on us of millions of people living in poverty is minimal, if not entirely absent. Is there anything we can really do about these issues? Are we helpless to do anything? Where do we begin? How do we go beyond the feeling of being overwhelmed and confused about this stuff? For this event we are bringing together three speakers who have each seen the same things that we have and found their own way of responding. See below for bios of each of the speakers.

Each of the speakers have done things differently and have taken very different paths but they each started with small steps, with being unwilling to ignore the stories they heard. We live in a world that is cynical about the difference we can make, and while we've happily moved beyond the idea that we in the west need to 'save everyone else' we at Share Your Story believe positive change is always possible. We're looking forward to hearing from each of the speakers, being inspired and encouraged, and hope we'll go away feeling like you can do something, however big or small that response might be. 

Each speaker will have 20 minutes to share their story, and we'll have a bit of time at the end for Q&A. 

Come along ready to be inspired and encouraged, to connect with local people on the same path as you, hear some great stories and to go away ready to live a better story yourself.

Doors will be open at 7pm, with the first story teller sharing around 7.20, so try to get there on time.

SPEAKER BIOS

SIOBHAN WILSON (2ND FROM RIGHT)

After studying International Development and working with two refugee organisations in the UK and US, Siobhan moved to Brighton in 1994. 

After working in finance a trip to Kolkata would change her direction when she saw an opportunity to support income generation projects to help people facing incredible daily challenges. In 2008 she opened the FAIR shop, working with three colleagues in Africa and Asia. 

Since 2013 Siobhan has started bringing activities, workshops and talks to local educational institutions across Sussex around our personal consumption habits. She believes change is needed and can only be achieved through re-education and rethinking how we live our lives as consumers.

 

ANNA RIDOUT

Anna is a producer, writer and media advisor. For ten years, she has been telling stories and managing projects from humanitarian crises. She has reported from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Haiti, the Philippines, Kenya and Lebanon. 

Anna works with correspondents, editors, activists and aid agencies to tell stories that expose injustice.

 

SAMARA LEVY

In late 2013 after watching a news report from Syrian refugee camps featuring children without shoes Samara felt something must be done. Her heart especially went out to fellow mothers and her thoughts of what life must be like for them in those refugee camps in such poor conditions. 

Motivated by this concern and her faith Samara started collecting clothes and blankets for the camps. From small beginnings with a few bits and pieces from friends Samara's Aid Appeal has now sent over 46 arctic lorries (!) of supplies, 11 ambulances, medical equipment and much more. 

While Samara's story may sound incredible and huge, it all started from a simple response of being willing to take action on a small level, sending a few parcels over and developed from there.

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Share Your Story: Building Happy Businesses with Amy Anslow, Ruth Anslow, Laurence McCahill, Mark Campbell, Marcus Pibworth and Ieva Anciukeviciute.
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Share Your Story: Building Happy Businesses with Amy Anslow, Ruth Anslow, Laurence McCahill, Mark Campbell, Marcus Pibworth and Ieva Anciukeviciute.

EVENT INFO

For some, business is all about profit, but there's a growing movement that recognises that as well as making money, business can actually be a force for good in the world. An increasing number of entrepeneurs, businsses and social enterprises understand that treating workers well, looking after the environment, encouraging creativity and ensuring suppliers are treated fairly not only makes for a happier world, but can also be good for business.

For September's Share Your Story we've invited 4 local businesses to come and share their experiences - the ups, downs, successes and challenges. They are all at different stages and in different fields but all have one thing in common: rather than trying to make their companies appear to be good, they are actually building businesses/social enterprises on genuinely happy, ethical and fair foundations. 

Each speaker will have 20 minutes to share their story, and we'll have a bit of time at the end for Q&A. 

Come along ready to be inspired and encouraged, to connect with local people on the same path as you, hear some great stories and to go away ready to live a better story yourself.

Doors will be open at 7pm, with the first story teller sharing around 7.20, so try to get there on time.

SPEAKER BIOS

RUTH ANSLOW, JACK SIMMONDS AND AMY ANSLOW (HISBE FOOD)

Ruth, Amy and Jack were motivated to start hiSbe Food by the belief that business can be a force for good and serve the interests of the public and communities, not just a few shareholders and directors. They believe that by following a vision of “how it should be” people can transform whole industries.  That's why hiSbe Food is reinventing the way supermarkets do business, with a social enterprise business model that puts happiness before profits.

MARK CAMPBELL (HIGGIDY)

After studying architecture at university Mark arrived at Higgidy after a number of years working on the field for Medair, with much of that time spent in Afghanistan. Upon returning to the UK in 2007 Mark joined friends at Higgidy and is now Managing Director. He has helped the company grow and develop, and they now have a multi-million pound turnover and distribute to all of the UK's major supermarkets. Crucially though Mark's role is also to ensure that Higgidy stick to, and are driven by, the values that have been held since day 1.

LAURENCE MCCAHILL (HAPPY STARTUP SCHOOL)

A recovering digital agency founder, Laurence co-founded The Happy Startup School as a backlash against the prevailing startup culture of high growth and fast exits. In less than 3 years this has grown into a 100,000 strong grass roots movement, having built their reputation on a series of game-changing events and programs.

MARCUS PIBWORTH AND IEVA ANCIUKEVICIUTE (MI SCRIBE)

Marcus and Ieva strive to show people how powerful simple visuals can be in opening up new perspectives, telling unique stories and discovering new ways of thinking and reaching unexpected solutions. Though workshops, facilitated meetings and graphic recording, they show people how visuals can be used to harvest collective knowledge, conquer fears and get moving. They have one simple motto, ‘Everybody Can Draw’ and that includes you!

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Neighbourliness: How I Ended Up On London Road - 9 Short Stories of people that live, trade, sleep and work on London Road.
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Neighbourliness: How I Ended Up On London Road - 9 Short Stories of people that live, trade, sleep and work on London Road.

The final Share Your Story before we break for the summer to focus on Summer of Better Stories sees us take up a slightly different format. We've invited 9 people who live, trade, sleep or work on London Road to come and tell their story in 7 minutes or less of how they ended up on London Road. 

Once described as being a road where every shop looks like it used to be a Woolworths, London Road has been undergoing lots of changes over the last few years, a revamped Open Market, a re-work designed to suit pedestrians and the creep of gentrification. Lots of people love this, seeing it as a massive improvement to a run-down part of the city, others struggle with the changes to the road they've called home all their lives. As part of Know My Neighbour week we're aiming to bring together lots of different voices, to hear what we have in common and to think about neighbourliness. From the homeless person that sleeps on London Road each night to the artists working in studios, from local community leaders to people who have lived on London Road all their life, we're seeking to bring together as diverse a representation of London Road as possible and share stories that unite.

This event is part of Know My Neighbour week, and they are offering A FREE COFFEE/TEA IF YOU BRING A NEIGHBOUR ALONG. Which is very kind of them. In keeping with our ethos of not just hearing stories but living better ones, why not knock on a neighbour and invite them to come along too? Just bring some proof of address and the first drink will be on KMN. 

Doors will open at 7pm and we expect to hear from the first speaker around 7.20pm, so try to get there on time. Our events are pay-as-you-feel if you let us know you're coming in advance. Pay-as-you-feel tickets can be paid for using credit card online, or you can register now and bring along a cash donation on the night. Pay-as-you-feel will be unavailable on the day of the event and any walk-ups will pay £5 on the door (if there is still space for you!)...

In the spirit of neighbourliness and bringing communities together this event is FREE for London Road residents thanks to the kindness of the London Road Healthy Neighbourhood Fund. Again, please bring proof of address so we can verify for numbers for our funder.

To reserve your pay-as-you-feel tickets now click here.

There will be a cash bar available on the evening serving hot and cold drinks. Please also note that One Church Gloucester Place has 10 steps up into the venue, if this is a difficulty for you please get in touch and we can try and make suitable accessibility arrangements.

We'll be releasing information about who the speakers will be over the course of the month so stay tuned to this page, as well as our social media pages for info. This will be the last Share Your Story event before September - over the summer we will be focusing our time and energy into running Summer of Better Stories and having fun in the sun.

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Share Your Story - Finding Creativity with Becky Blair, Dave Nwokedi and Paul Aroe Barlow
Apr
21
7:00 PM19:00

Share Your Story - Finding Creativity with Becky Blair, Dave Nwokedi and Paul Aroe Barlow

We are all creative. Perhaps we've grown up hearing messages that have discouraged us - you have to be able to paint to be an artist, or that it's all a waste of time that distracts us from more important things. For others making time or the vulnerability of putting art out there or the fear of exposing our imperfections are barriers. From the casual creator to those who focus on it full-time there are challenges for all of us in finding and expressing our creativity. But the fact remains - we are all creative, whether we choose to accept and embrace it or not. Sometimes we just need to reminded and encouraged. For April's Share Your Story we've bringing an artist, author and graffiti artist together to share their stories of how they have found and expressed their creativity, often against their own tensions and challenges, in their own lives.

Doors will open at 7pm and we expect to hear from the first speaker around 7.20pm, so try to get there on time. Our events are pay-as-you-feel if you let us know you're coming in advance. Pay-as-you-feel tickets can be paid for using credit card online, or you can register now and bring along a cash donation on the night. Pay-as-you-feel will be unavailable on the day of the event and any walk-ups will pay £5 on the door (if there is still space for you!)...

To reserve your tickets now click here.

There will be a cash bar available on the evening serving hot and cold drinks. Please also note that One Church Gloucester Place has 10 steps up into the venue, if this is a difficulty for you please get in touch and we can try and make suitable accessibility arrangements.

Speaker bios

Becky Blair - Becky's work has always focused on the light and joy of living. Her paintings, filled with colour, aim to bring happiness through beautifully composed imagery. Since graduating in 1994 she has exhibited regularly in the UK and Australia and has work in collections around the globe. 
 
In 2014, Becky was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Lupus. The following months saw her hospitalised, housebound, the impact to her joints leaving her unable to paint, the chronic pain rendering her unable to walk, eat and even sleep. She is now exhibiting her first body of work since that diagnosis, which is a reflection of Becky’s journey back to better health. 
 
“Though this work does not dwell in the suffering, it is imbued with a richer appreciation of happiness. Humbled by the insight of my experience, I feel so fortunate to be in better health. I now know how precious and fragile the balance of our lives actually is."

Dave Nwokedi is a son, child, man, husband, father, gramps amongst many other things...born in Nigeria to Nigerian, English/Irish parents he spends his life dreaming, to paraphrase Seamus Heaney, of the further shore that is reachable from here...being a very bad swimmer, he knows it may take a while and a few treacherous rip-tides to negotiate before he gets there. Dave is a published author who combines his writing with his role as a full-time social worker.

Paul Barlow, better known as Aroe, is a Brighton-based graffiti artist and part of the MSK graffiti crew. You will have seen lots of his work around Brighton but he also operates much further afield - when I bumped into his recently he told me that he was even invited to talk to the Colombian government about their graffiti policies! Paul will be sharing something of his path to what he's up to now, how he's come to be what he's doing and stories from along the way.

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Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Migration - Humans Behind The Headlines with John Ellison and Jack Ahmed

Click here to get pay-as-you-feel tickets.

Migration has been all over the news over the last few months - you can't have failed to miss it on virtually a daily basis. It's been represented in a variety of ways, talked about endlessly, kicked around as a political football, been demonised and lifted up, lamented and encouraged. In the midst of all of that it is easy to become de-sensitised to it, to only see the arguments and discussions and stances whilst forgetting that this actual reality for millions of people, not just in Europe but across the globe.

For this month's event we want to think about the humans behind the headlines, to take it beyond the news and hear from people who have journeyed with this themselves and met others along the way. We are so pleased to have two fantastic speakers who will be sharing with us - John Ellison and Jack Ahmed. You can read their bios further down the page.

Having outgrown Redwood this event will be hosted just two minutes round the corner at One Church Gloucester Place (BN1 4AA). Doors will open at 7pm and we expect to hear from the first speaker around 7.15pm, so try to get there on time. Our events remain pay-as-you-feel if you let us know you're coming in advance but we are now asking people to reserve tickets so that we are better able to plan for the events - last time we had to turn people away and we don't want that to happen again. Click here to reserve your place by signing up for pay-as-you-feel tickets. Pay-as-you-feel will be unavailable on the day of the event and any walk-ups will pay £5 on the door (if there is still space for you!)... There will be a non-alcoholic cash bar available on the evening serving hot and cold drinks. Please also note that One Church Gloucester Place has 10 steps up into the venue, if this is a difficulty for you please get in touch and we can try and make suitable accessibility arrangements.

We also plan on working with a local organisation to offer people the opportunity to donate to refugees at the Calais camp (with either stuff or money) as a way of paying as you feel for coming to the event. More info on this soon. 

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Speaker bios

John Ellison is a designer from Denver, Colorado who lived in the Middle East during the Arab Spring and has recently migrated to the UK. After settling in Brighton, John witnessed the raw human suffering of refugees across Europe. He and his wife reached out to Refugees Welcome, a grassroots organization in Berlin, and offered the spare bedroom in their home to host an asylum seeker. The spiral of events that ensued revealed the vast potential for design and technology to make a scalable impact in the lives of asylum seekers worldwide.

Prosper is a community organization that evolved out of John’s response to the complex issues facing both refuge seekers and providers across Europe. Currently there are over 85 designers, developers and other digital workers who have joined Prosper under the shared belief that “When refugees prosper, we all prosper.” Over the past weeks, John and the Prosper community have been working to create an online directory of refugee crisis initiatives from across the globe—allowing both refuge seekers and providers to find projects that best meet their needs. You can find more about John at his website and he is also on Twitter and Facebook.

Jack Ahmed is a Syrian Kurd born in Aleppo, Syria. He studied English language and Literature before fleeing the country to the Kurdistan region of Iraq due to the conflict. He worked there as a volunteer teaching English in the Syrian refugee camps and later on joined the UN to work  for both the Syrian refugee response and the Iraqi displaced people response. His work gave him the opportunity to be in direct contact with people who had survived horrendous situations. He has worked with Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, Arabs and Turkmans fleeing war in both Syria and Iraq.

He eventually had to flee Iraq as well due to the security situation and decided to move to the UK to complete his MA in order to become a qualified academic taking part in efforts to rebuild the country when the war is over in Syria. He has been living in the UK for 6 months.

Get your pay-as-you-feel tickets here to reserve your space.

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Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

The People Who Put Food On Our Plates with Will Sheffield, Collette Haynes and Adam Buckingham

For the first Share Your Story of 2016 we're going to be looking at food and drink - things that we love but often simply take for granted. We've invited three speakers passionate about sustainability and all taking a positively different approach to food/drink production than what has become the norm.

Doors will be open from 7.30pm for you to find a seat and order food and drink, with the first speaker sharing soon after 7.45pm. We don't do advanced booking and all our events are pay-as-you-feel on the door in order to make them as inclusive as possible.

Speaker bios

Will Sheffield - Will is a Sussex free-range and organic meat farmer. He runs and owns his farm based at Clayton Farm in Mayfield, Sussex. Will raises turkeys, pigs and cattle the old-fashioned way with lots of space to roam - the exact opposite of how the vast majority of meat is produced in the UK today. Carnivore or vegetarian, Will's down-to-earth and honest approach will interest everyone.

Collette Haynes - Collette and Pete took on Ashurst Farm in 1994 and established their veg box scheme as a Community Supported venture organised by Common Cause Co-operative - a social enterprise based in Lewes, East Sussex. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, growing by word of mouth as they deliver delicious organic veg across Sussex. 

Adam Buckingham - Adam brought the Real Junk Food Project to Brighton, serving up delicious dishes made from intercepted waste food every Friday lunchtime at One Church Gloucester Place, and beyond at various times (they've even catered at a wedding and the houses of parliament!). They feed hundreds of people a week on a pay as you feel basis, all from food that would otherwise be thrown away.

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Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

AmbiGO - Take steps towards living a better story

For the next Share Your Story event, we're passing over to Adam Bates of AmbiGO! We ran a trial of this at the last SYS event, which was hugely successful and so we want to give everyone the opportunity to get practical help towards living a better story, no matter what they are trying to achieve.

TO THOSE IN BRIGHTON & HOVE WHO...
...have a burning desire to achieve a particular ambition
...are skilled and knowledgeable in one or many areas
...take pleasure using their talent to help others
...are generous and kind

... please keep reading: this event is for YOU.


****** WHY I SET UP THIS EXCITING EVENT ********

Hi. My name is Adam, I live in Brighton and last year I had a personal life-changing experience - breaking a Guinness World Record - that made me realise:

« every big ambition needs support and help to be achieved »

That is why I created AmbiGO!, a social event that connects people around their own personal ambitions.


****** HOW CAN YOU BENEFIT FROM THIS EVENT? *******

Afterwards, everybody …
… ends up more confident about the viability of their ambition
… ends up enjoying helping new friends
… ends up strongly inspired to take concrete actions towards a more fulfilling life.


****** HOW DOES IT WORK? *******

The idea is simple and free.
1. Write your ambition on a wall
2. Other people will stick a note next to your ambition with valuable knowledge, contacts, advice, skills etc. if they feel can help. You're free to do the same for others.

(...I told you it was a simple idea!)

Everybody has some help they can offer. That means the more people who come, the better, so don't hesitate to invite your friends along. They're welcome too!

You'll be part of a potentially life-changing movement. Can't wait to see you there! :-)

Adam Bates,
Founder, AmbiGO!

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Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Loneliness and Social Isolation

At our last event Ben Szobody shared that in a consumer world, we are all lonely, a thought that resonated with many of us there. Alongside that we know that there a number of people in Brighton and Hove whose circumstances cause them to become even more isolated. With that in mind we decided to do an evening exploring this not much talked about topic.

Doors will be open from 7.30pm for you to find a seat and order food and drink, with the first speaker sharing soon after 7.45pm. We don't do advanced booking, and all events are pay as you feel.

We're delighted to have four great speakers joining us for three talks. Each of them brings a unique perspective to the topic, helping Brighton to become a more beautiful and connected place in the process:

Muriel Booth and Emily Kenward (bios coming shortly)

Tom Jayston - After feeling different and rather alone at school, Tom chose a path of drugs, alcohol and risky behaviour to mitigate the increasing sense of isolation he felt from the world. This path only made things much, much worse. He realised that his drug use was killing him and sought a different approach to dealing with himself and his thoughts, in the form of rehabilitation. He now works to help others deal with similar feelings and behaviours to the ones he once had through his work with Justlife.

Sarah Andersen (bio coming shortly)

 

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Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Consumerism and Waste

Stories of Consumerism and Waste

We are so excited about the lineup for our first Share Your Story event. We'll be hearing the stories of Douglas McMaster, Ben Szobody and Cat Fletcher, three local people working hard to change the way we view buying, using and discarding - things that we all do every day that have a massive impact on ourselves, our community and the planet. You can read more about each of the storytellers below.

Redwood will be open from 7pm for you to grab a drink or something to eat, speakers will start around 7.30pm. We don't do advanced booking, and all our events are pay as you feel. See you there. 

Douglas McMaster - Founder and Owner of Silo Brighton, Douglas won ‘Yorkshire Young Chef of the Year 2008’ and, in 2009 won the ‘BBC Young Chef of the Year Award.’ In 2012, Douglas won the title of 'Britain’s most irreverent chef’ at the first Y.B.F awards, cooking a tasting menu comprised of food that would have otherwise been ‘Wasted’

Douglas met the legendary artist Joost Bakker whilst travelling in Australia in 2011 and quickly became executive chef and business partner of ‘SILO by Joost’; the world’s first waste free cafe in Melbourne. Here he won the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Award after just 6 months of trading, as well as ‘Best Dish of the Year’ and ‘Most Sustainable Restaurant’.

In October 2014, Silo Brighton was born – the UK’s first Zero Waste Restaurant. Silo demonstrates conscious cooking whilst making nutritious, creative and delicious food at true cost. Douglas is out to prove that a sustainable business model is financially viable and that small ecological farms are able to feed the world.

Ben Szobody - Ben is a longtime journalist who covered politics and urban policy in the US for more than a decade. Among his major subjects was the profound shift in attitudes among young people that led to the groundswell election of Barack Obama in 2008, the longstanding abuse of the mentally ill in state-funded homes, and the ways in which local food systems create routes around traditional political divides.

Ben has studied documentary filmmaking as a tool for social change in the UK, and now develops social projects for One Church Brighton. Most of these projects seek to leverage the dramatic effects of rethinking food and drink in order to understand an urban population's core needs and longings. Ben runs Florence Road Market near Fiveways as an ongoing experiment in food, community and mentoring people into employment. He helps manage the Roots to Growth therapeutic farm project that works with vulnerable groups to produce local vegetables in West Sussex. He manages Gloucester Place, the One Church building now used for social projects and special events in central Brighton. And he founded the UK's first Professional Barista Apprenticeship in Speciality Coffee, which marries unemployed young people with skilled jobs in the third wave coffee movement. 

Ben's shared house of 9 people has sworn off the supermarket, pledging to eat entirely from local markets and ethical shops without spending any more money than what they used to in Aldi. It can be done! Ben also publishes Longberry, an occasional journal about neglected issues in international coffee. 

Cat Fletcher - Cat Fletcher is a waste activist and all round resource goddess. She is a co-founder and Head of Media for Freegle : the UK’s online reuse network with over 2 million members. She has voluntarily run the 26,000+ member strong Brighton Freegle group for 7 years which has kept thousands of tonnes of goods in circulation locally, increased community resilience to material and economic challenges and inspired much creativity. 

In 2012 Cat developed the Brighton Waste House concept with Duncan Baker-Brown an architect at the University of Brighton and sourced the materials for the now completed multi-award winning public building – which is 90% constructed with so called ‘waste’– a triumph of innovative waste prevention. 

Cat is the only UK local authority “Reuse Manager” as part of Brighton and Hove city council’s modernisation programme. She has run community waste prevention services for years and recently crowdfunded to set up a permanent City Reuse Depot in shipping containers. She is running a city wide “Garage Sale Trail” on September 26th in Brighton and Hove. 

Cat who originally hails from Sydney, Australia has spent 2 decades in the UK inspiring and delivering solutions for everyday waste issues.  She is a huge believer that we will all flourish by using less but doing more through cross sector collaboration, technology and people power. 

 

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