James Garside http://jamesgarside.net NCTJ-qualified journalist, copywriter and subeditor Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:35:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Why Don’t We Just talk more about loneliness? [Big Issue North] http://jamesgarside.net/dont-just-talk-loneliness-big-issue-north/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:56:54 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=966 It’s not a Big Issue (Best pun ever!) but my comment piece ‘Why Don’t We Just talk more about loneliness?’ was published by Big Issue North. Loneliness and social isolation are silent killers, according to the statistics. Health studies suggest that social isolation is as bad for you as obesity or heart disease and that loneliness can be as damaging to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We become isolated for many reasons, and loneliness affects all of us at some point in our lives, but it is most prevalent among vulnerable and isolated older people. Research commissioned by Age UK indicates that half a million people over […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – June 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-june-2017/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 08:45:53 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=964 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Age Friendly Leeds: What’s Your Pledge? Ian’s experience of volunteering for Dementia Friendly Leeds Louise’s experience of volunteering for Dementia Friendly Leeds Research Based Innovations in Healthy Ageing Symposium More than a Mealtime Lives Up to Its Name Event: Men’s Health in Leeds Age Friendly Leeds: What’s Your Pledge?  Everyone can do something to make Leeds more age friendly. Leeds City Council’s Public Health Resource Centre recently hosted a “Want to Know More” information session covering the ins and outs of what it means to be Age Friendly. Time… Read in browser » […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – May 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-may-2017/ Mon, 01 May 2017 17:56:55 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=961 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Lights, Camera, Action! Food for Thought: Stories from Young at Arts Case Study: Raat Di Roti, Sikh Elders Service – Touchstone Mall Walking – Now You’re Talking Test and Learn: The unexpected stigma of kindness? Stop the press!​ Opportunity to host Sage training Lights, Camera, Action! Did you know? Time to Shine is building a collection of videos documenting our various projects. They’re a great way to show the impact delivery partners are making toward reducing social isolation around Leeds. So grab some… Read in browser »   Food for Thought: Stories from […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – April 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-april-2017/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:39:51 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=959 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Funding Opportunity: Round 4 of Small Funds Cara Cinema Club on the road in Farnley Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Meetup: Another Way for Over 50s to Get Connected Latest Small Funds Projects Funding Opportunity for Social Entrepreneurs Volunteer Listeners: We need YOU Sage Featured in the YEP Age Friendly Steering Group Update Funding Opportunity: Round 4 of Small Funds Small Funds, delivered by Leeds Community Foundation, supports innovative short-term projects all over Leeds. Awards are between £5,000 and £10,000 and should be spent within twelve months. Each round of funding has a […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – March 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-march-2017/ Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:30:38 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=941 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Age Friendly Lessons: From Bristol to Singapore Community Correspondent: Mary visits Luxulele – Pudsey’s community ukulele band CINAGE: Filmmaking for Active Ageing – New Course Announced   Nextdoor: connecting online to connect offline New: Food for Thought from Young at Arts Age Friendly Lessons: From Bristol to Singapore On a recent trip to Singapore, I spotted an innovative solution to a problem that I hear people talk about a lot: “I need more time to cross the road.” Leeds is not exactly known for being a pedestrian-friendly haven, though it has… Read in browser […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – February 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-february-2017/ Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:08:49 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=892 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Success Story: More than a Mealtime Happy Panda Launch Volunteer Spotlight: Frances from Street Links Success Story: Digital Angels Volunteer Spotlight: Peter from Walking with Confidence Leeds City Council praises Time to Shine New: Supporting Wellbeing Projects Success Story: More than a Mealtime More than a Mealtime’s Shared Tables project brings people, who might otherwise be eating on their own, together for a meal in a local restaurant. The project has been extremely successful; the meals happen regularly, sustained by volunteer… Read in browser »   Happy Panda Launch On 30 January, Time […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – January 2017 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-january-2017/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:32:11 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=924 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Recruiting: Age Friendly Steering Group Community Correspondent: Social Science talk about friendship and loneliness Community Correspondent: Strictly Ballroom – West Yorkshire Playhouse Community Correspondent: Rudolf – West Yorkshire Playhouse Time to Shine Volunteers Needed! Community Correspondent: Is Age Just A Number? Community Correspondent: Mary Johnson-Green on Art Clubs in Leeds Recruiting: Age Friendly Steering Group Now that the Age Friendly Charter is finished, Time to Shine must move on to the next step, which is encouraging groups and individuals around the city to put it into action. There are many directions the work […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – December 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-december-2016/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:28:36 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=922 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Good Outcomes: Lychee Red Time to Shine’s first 100 blog posts RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed for Thorner Internet cafe RAY: Digital Skills Volunteers needed to run Internet Cafe in Collingham Yorkshire Mediation: Restorative Justice Our social research intern’s Evaluation Report of the ABCD approach in reducing social isolation Community Correspondent: Coverage of IDOP (International Day of Older People) Community Events ​Community Correspondent: Joyce Aveyard wrote to us about the Writing Back Penpal Programme​ Community Correspondent: Sage Writing Workshop Community Correspondent: City Snaps – Skippko Arts Project Community Correspondent: The Fashionable Lounge’s Intergenerational […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – November 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-november-2016/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:24:49 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=920 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Age Friendly Charter Launches Evaluation of the Ageing Better Programme – Key Points and Discussion Restorative Justice – Yorkshire Mediation Community Social Worker – Bramley Elderly Action Community Correspondent: Anne Spice on The Scribblers’ book launch and IDOP Community Correspondent: Thamanna Trishna on Association of Blind Asians​​’ Carers Support Group Job Opportunity: ​LGBT+ Community Development Worker Become a Community Correspondent for Time to Shine – Latest Opportunities Job Opportunity – Time to Shine Supporting Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Health for All Leeds An update from Time to Shine’s social research intern Learning Facilitation: Hanna […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – October 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-october-2016/ Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:20:56 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=918 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Launch of the Age-Friendly Charter Community Correspondent: Margaret Bell attends the Dementia Friendly performance of Anniversary CIRCLE: Reducing isolation in later life through co-production Leeds Homeshare Community Correspondent: Jacqui Smith attends Blackthorn at West Yorkshire Playhouse Loneliness and Me: Sharon’s Story What’s New in Leeds: Farnley Friendly Faces, Young at Arts and Otley Action for Older People’s Day of Dance IDOP: Storytelling workshop for LGBT people over 50 in Leeds – Sage Community Correspondent: Delia Muir on dementia and caring Anniversary – West Yorkshire Playhouse Cara – Mary and Heather’s story Valuing our […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – September 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-september-2016/ Sat, 03 Sep 2016 13:16:07 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=916 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: What’s new this week – 31 August Time to Shine presentation from Leeds Older People’s Forum AGM Loneliness and Me: Noleen’s story Asset Based Community Development in Rural Yorkshire Loneliness and Me: Maggie’s story What’s New This Week? Writing Back Penpal Programme An Age-Friendly Pride! Dementia is a lonely place What’s new this week – 31 August Well its the last week in August…and therefore the last week of summer?! Say it isn’t so! Its nearly time for me to begin my Christmas countdown… A quick round up from this weeks ‘What’s New’ […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – August 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-august-2016/ Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:12:21 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=914 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Time to Shine booklet of Delivery Partner projects What is it like to be you? Time to Shine “Celebrating Age” Arts Council Funding exploration meeting Write for Better Lives Check out Raat di Roti’s new project video Time to Shine at Leeds Pride Pauline’s Story – Volunteering with Age UK Leeds Time to Shine at Kirkstall Festival FREE WORKSHOP: ​Time to Shine Learning Disability Community Development Workshop Time to Shine at Holbeck Gala Leeds Pride Banner Making Become a Community Correspondent for Time to Shine Tea and Communications! Time to Shine at Hunslet […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – July 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-july-2016/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 13:05:31 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=912 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Focus Group Participants Needed! AWOC Conference Reflections Join us for Leeds Pride placard-making on 13th July ​Learning Disability Community Development Project Success stories from the Time to Shine BME Network Loneliness and Me: Becky’s Story Loneliness and Me: Ted’s Story Volunteers’ Week: A volunteer’s experience of Shared Tables, More than a Mealtime Focus Group Participants Needed! Time to Shine’s local evaluation team is arranging a number of focus group sessions for older people. Each session is jointly led by an academic researcher and an older person who is involved as a peer researcher. […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – June 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-june-2016/ Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:59:12 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=910 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Time to Shine Stakeholder Survey URGENT: LCF’s Small Funds ‘Funding Information Session’ is tomorrow Time to Shine’s plans for the summer Young at Arts: An Afternoon of Dance OWLS are showing Bollywood films at Hyde Park Picture House Dementia – a lonely place Round Two of Small Funds Announced Time to Shine Stakeholder Survey Time to Shine is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme. For the next 5 years Time to Shine is contributing to a national evaluation of Ageing Better. One element of the evaluation relates to service provision… […]

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Time to Shine [Leeds Older People’s Forum] http://jamesgarside.net/time-to-shine-leeds-older-peoples-forum/ http://jamesgarside.net/time-to-shine-leeds-older-peoples-forum/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 13:36:07 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=767 Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50. Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people. Within the programme is robust external local and national evaluation to test and learn from the approaches and inform future work. Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured £6 million from Big Lottery Fund to reach more than 15,000 older people in the city by 2021. I’m the main […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – May 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-may-2016/ Tue, 03 May 2016 12:54:30 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=908 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Dying Matters Leeds – Death Cafe ​Happy Birthday, Time to Shine Young at Arts: Ten Weeks in Rothwell with West Yorkshire Playhouse​ Time to Shine Poem Portraits Sage are holding an open meeting on LGBTQ People and Faith Dying Matters Leeds – Death Cafe As part of Dying Matters awareness week (9-15 May) Leeds Bereavement Forum held several ‘Death Cafes’ across Leeds. This has nothing to do with the goth music scene in Leeds in case you were wondering. At Death Cafes people drink tea,… Read in browser » ​Happy Birthday, Time to […]

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The latest updates from Time to Shine – April 2016 http://jamesgarside.net/latest-updates-time-shine-april-2016/ Sun, 03 Apr 2016 12:41:48 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=902 The latest updates from Time to Shine Making Leeds less lonely for older people In this edition: Time to Shine Needs YOU Young at Arts: Memories of Dancing in Leeds ​Walking with Confidence – Mary’s Story Time to Shine celebrates the charity’s first year of partner projects that tackle loneliness among older people in Leeds New Young at Arts Programming Time to Shine Needs YOU Become a Peer Researcher and help us find out what older people think about Time to ShineTime to Shine is a programme of activities being offered to people over 50 across Leeds to help increase their connections with… Read in browser » Young at Arts: […]

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The Age of Loneliness? [LOPF] http://jamesgarside.net/the-age-of-loneliness-lopf/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:31:37 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=725 ‘The Age of Loneliness,’ Sue Bourne’s documentary about social isolation, could just as easily have been called Lonely People Talk About Their Lives. From students to divorcees, widows and octogenarians, lonely people from all walks of life bravely shared their tales, and their tears, with the camera. These touching stories offer a damning critique of Britain, dubbed the loneliness capital of Europe, and give voice to the silent epidemic of loneliness and social isolation. The documentary’s central message was: “If this really is the age of loneliness, then we’re all going to have to find new ways of dealing with being alone.” Time to Shine works with select partners across […]

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Happy Capitalistmas [LOPF] http://jamesgarside.net/happy-capitalistmas/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:45:16 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=672 How do older people feel about the John Lewis ‘Man on the Moon’ Christmas campaign? It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – or so marketers would have you believe – and nothing heralds the start of the holiday shopping season quite like the John Lewis Christmas advert. This year the department store has partnered with national charity Age UK for a £7m campaign that aims to raise awareness of loneliness and social isolation among older people. According to Age UK over one million older people haven’t spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for at least a month and most of them will be alone this Christmas. […]

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Buffalo and Purple Patch Arts present DREAMS OF MILK WOOD [LOPF] http://jamesgarside.net/buffalo-and-purple-patch-arts-present-dreams-of-milk-wood-lopf/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:24:47 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=673 Thursday 19th November to Sunday 29th November Leeds Central Library Art Space, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB Admission: FREE I attended the opening of Dreams of Milk Wood on Wednesday 18 November on behalf of Leeds Older People’s Forum. Buffalo and Purple Patch Arts have brought a multi-sensory art installation, inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, to the art space in Leeds Central Library. Under Milk Wood was Dylan Thomas’ BBC-commissioned radio drama that took him almost 20 years to finish but went on to critical acclaim and was adapted for the stage and screen after his death. The play explores the secret hopes and dreams of the parochial […]

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IDOP Community Events ebulletin from LOPF http://jamesgarside.net/idop-community-events-ebulletin-from-lopf/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:26:25 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=665 I made a special IDOP Community Events ebulletin from Leeds Older People’s Forum about the events that took place to celebrate International Day of Older People (IDOP). LOPF staff were out in full force attending different events across the city based on this year’s theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing.’ All of the events were for older people, some aimed at the general public, others open to members of the host organisation. These events helped promote Leeds as a ‘City for all Ages’ and demonstrate the wonderful contribution that older people make to Leeds. Positive images from the Community Events for IDOP 2015 were shared on Twitter using the hashtag #IDOPLDS, the LOPF Facebook […]

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Celebratory Day of Dance for Older People, Leeds Dance Studio [LOPF] http://jamesgarside.net/celebratory-day-of-dance-for-older-people-leeds-dance-studio-lopf/ http://jamesgarside.net/celebratory-day-of-dance-for-older-people-leeds-dance-studio-lopf/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:54:19 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=658 The Dance Studio Leeds held a Celebratory Day of Dance for Older People, with two afternoon dance workshops led by Leeds Creative Contemporary Dance, as part of the International Day of Older People celebrations. The first workshop ‘Dance for People Living with Dementia’ was a dance and movement session led by Kim Glassby and by all accounts a resounding success. I was fortunate enough to attend the second workshop, a Creative Contemporary session led by Rosemary Spencer, which gave people of all ages the chance to experience their inclusive dance approach. Rosemary took the opportunity to chat with me about how the event celebrates body wisdom, community and respect for […]

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Reducing social isolation across the lifecourse [LOPF] http://jamesgarside.net/reducing-social-isolation-across-the-lifecourse-lopf/ Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:22:26 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=640 Public Health England has commissioned a report to help local authorities and health bodies to develop programmes that prevent and reduce health inequalities and social isolation. ‘Local action on health inequalities: Reducing social isolation across the lifecourse’ looks at social isolation as a public health issue, identifies the people most at risk of social isolation, and provides examples of interventions to support people at different stages of life. This practice resource, written by Dan Durcan and Dr Ruth Bell for the Institute of Health Equity, highlights the work projects such as Time to Shine do to improve the lives of older people: “Big Lottery funding is supporting interventions to reduce […]

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Agenda: unpaid internships can be a force for good [The Argus] http://jamesgarside.net/agenda-unpaid-internships-can-force-good-argus/ Tue, 03 Dec 2013 09:49:29 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=534 The Benefits of Unpaid Internships (Brighton Housing Trust Intern Programme) You’d think interns needed rescuing from indentured servitude, after all the kerfuffle about them at The Big Debate last week, but my unpaid internship with Brighton Housing Trust was just the job. Business people of Brighton and Hove voted in favour of limiting unpaid internships to six months on Wednesday after heated discussions at The Big Debate. I agree that interns should be paid the living wage whenever possible — and internships kept short — but for me an unpaid internship has paid off. I’m four months into a six-month placement as Intern Fundraising and Publicity Officer at Brighton Housing […]

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Nanowrimo Boot Camp – a quick and dirty guide to surviving national novel writing month http://jamesgarside.net/nanowrimo-boot-camp-surviving-national-novel-writing-month/ http://jamesgarside.net/nanowrimo-boot-camp-surviving-national-novel-writing-month/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:48:37 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=509   It’s nanowrimo again – the time of the year when all common sense goes out of the window and you try to write a novel in a month. Just for kicks. Nanowrimo is great fun but it isn’t for the squeamish. If you’re serious about completing nanowrimo then you shouldn’t be reading this but, for what it’s worth, this is the method that works for me. Here are some quick tips and dirty tricks to help get you through the month. Do the Math 50,000 words in a month. That’s only 1667 words per day – you can do that in an hour if you leave your inner editor […]

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Our Voice magazine — Spring 2013 — ‘Amnesty International Brighton & Hove’ profile and ‘Bibliomancy’ creative piece http://jamesgarside.net/our-voice-magazine-spring-2013-amnesty-international-brighton-hove-profile-and-bibliomancy-creative-piece/ Sat, 18 May 2013 13:13:27 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=480 The Spring 2013 issue of Our Voice magazine is out in print and online. I’m proud to be the chief subeditor for this magazine, and the group are a brilliant bunch to work with. Alongside all the usual goodness, there’s two features by me: a two-page centre spread profile on Amnesty International Brighton & Hove group, who I do media and campaign work for, and a ‘just for fun’ piece on ‘Bibliomancy’ to help kids with their creative blocks (think writing, not LEGO). Check it out! Our Voice is the magazine of Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project, which provides practical support to low-income and unwaged individuals and families. Services include […]

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Amnesty International Brighton & Hove Group May Newsletter — AIUK National Conference and AGM http://jamesgarside.net/amnesty-international-brighton-hove-group-may-newsletter-aiuk-national-conference-and-agm/ Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:25:16 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=445 The Amnesty International Brighton & Hove Group newsletter for May is out. It includes great news about our recent success with securing an international Arms Trade Treaty and updates from our campaign coordinators. I wrote a piece about my experiences at the Amnesty International UK National Conference and AGM where I represented the local campaign group, as media officer, along with a campaign co-ordinator and the group chair. I’ve also agreed to take on the production of the monthly newsletter in addition to my current subediting duties. You can download the newsletter here: www2.amnesty.org.uk/groups/brighton-and-hove/may-newsletter

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Our Voice Magazine, Winter Issue http://jamesgarside.net/our-voice-magazine-winter-issue/ Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:00:37 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=144 I’m a subeditor and contributor to Our Voice Magazine for BUCFP, Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project — a project that helps the low waged and unemployed in the Brighton area, from courses to welfare and housing advice. Here’s the digital version of the first issue that I worked on with them. It includes a piece called ‘What’s Your Story?’ by yours truly. The paper version is on its way to the printers next week and will be out in Brighton soon. http://issuu.com/morpheous/docs/winter_mag/1

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‘Short Films Make the Cut at The Duke’s After Dark’ – News Piece and Related Interview by James Garside [The Argus] http://jamesgarside.net/short-films-make-the-cut-at-the-dukes-after-dark-news-piece-and-related-interview-by-james-garside-the-argus/ Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:07:31 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=146 Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton have ditched trailers and adverts in favour of showing short films from local filmmakers before late-night screenings of cult classics in The Duke’s After Dark. Read the news piece and the full related interview with Toby King on the website for The Argus newspaper.

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Live Review: ‘Thin Lizzy at Brighton Dome’ by James Garside (Published by Brighton Noise) http://jamesgarside.net/live-review-thin-lizzy-at-brighton-dome-by-james-garside-published-by-brighton-noise/ Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:29:50 +0000 http://jamesgarside.net/?p=154 In their heyday ’70s heavy metal legends Thin Lizzy played to packed-out stadiums. But the band hasn’t released a studio album since 1983 (‘Thunder and Lightning’), split after they played their last gig in 1984, and hasn’t produced any new material since the tragic death of frontman Phil Lynott, their founding member and principal songwriter, in 1986. The band has existed in various incarnations since then, mostly as a tribute to Phil Lynott and always playing the Thin Lizzy back catalogue. Almost thirty years later, the current lineup are on tour, still playing all the hits, but amid talk of recording new songs. With support from Triggerfinger and Clutch, the […]

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