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Enfield's literary legacy was celebrated at a festival aiming to inspire the next generation of writers.
BY JAMES CRACKNELL
The Arts Council-backed Enfield Literary Festival saw local authors give talks about their careers, offer advice, and host workshops. A lecture on one of the borough's most important historical figures, plus a talk on the future of journalism in the digital age, rounded off a varied and informative day.
Kicking off the event at the newly refurbished Edmonton Green Library was Catherine Johnson, a prize-winning children's author and scriptwriter for television shows including Eastenders and Casualty.
“I realise I'm really lucky to do what I do,” the Londoner explained. “I think school ruins writing for some people. Essay writing is not creative and it puts people off. I have uncles who have written poetry in Welsh – seeing someone I knew who had written something made it seem possible.”
Catherine's father is Jamaican and her mother Welsh. The story of how her parents got together in the 1950s in a Welsh village where, Catherine says, “they had never seen a black person”, became the basis of her first book.
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Help persuade Enfield Council to divest from fossil fuels
By James Cracknell
Two years ago this month I cycled from London to Paris with a group of climate activists.
We were travelling to the United Nations’ COP21 climate talks, raising awareness of the importance of the talks along the way. On the Champs-Élysées we joined with tens of thousands of others – including many who had cycled from around Europe as we did – to demand the strongest possible global deal for reducing carbon emissions.
The outcome of this event, of course, was the Paris Agreement. It is the first single deal for all the world’s nations to reduce their carbon emissions, with an aim to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius. For many people, including me, the deal is not strong nor ambitious enough. However, it is a starting point, and it is important that all political leaders – not just of nations but of regions, cities, and indeed local boroughs – do everything they can to meet the terms of the deal.
The Paris Agreement was formally ratified in November 2016 and recognises: “The need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge."
A year later, however, it became clear that Enfield Council was not responding in the ‘effective and progressive’ manner the deal demands. Last month Fossil Free UK revealed that councils across the UK were investing more than £16billion in the fossil fuel industry. It showed that Enfield Council, through its pension fund, was investing more than £60million in such companies, representing 5.6% of its £1billion total investments.
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Chorus by Ray Lee.
Report by Entwo editorial.
The steel legs stuck firmly in the ground that propped up the propellor like metal arms at the Millfield Arts centre. A cluster of people waited in anticipation. A quick flicker and the red eyed creatures came to life. The slow spinning blades, filled the soundscape with a warm, rich, harmonic buzz. Children played and the rest stood perplexed and curious, capturing a rhythmic swing of spinning sounds, comforted by the trees that shielded a different sort of hum of passing traffic. So there they stood, tall insect like creatures that filled a mesmeric spacial sensory ride.
The website Circulate, outdoor art for London reports that: Chorus is a monumental installation of giant kinetic sculptures, a celestial choir of spinning sound machines, created by award-winning artist and British Composer of the Year, Ray Lee. Towering above the audience, a series of giant metal tripods support rotating arms. At the end of each arm, loudspeakers emit precisely tuned musical pitches, singing out a siren call to all those present.
Chorus is produced by Simon Chatterton and commissioned by Newbury Corn Exchange, Brookes University and Oxford Contemporary Music. Chorus is funded by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation
This video was shot on the first public art performance using a smart phone at Millfield Arts Centre on Friday 10th November 2017.
Poem-a-thon inspiring approach to fund raising.
"Art saved my life." Local artist Patrick Samuel explains how art was instrumental in changing his life for the better. Why not find out more at by clicking here
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