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Calendar Girls creator Tim Firth to deliver literary masterclass as part of new creative arts festival at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham

29 July 2010

A new festival that will examine how creative ideas can be reshaped and adapted into various art forms is to take place at Glyndŵr University and Wrexham Library.

Kaleidoscopic, which runs from 9-11 September 2010, will be open to members of the general public and feature renowned artists talking about the creative process and business of adapting ideas for film, TV, radio, theatre, and much more.

Festival highlights include

  • A masterclass by Tim Firth, who will discuss adapting his screenplay of Calendar Girls into a successful stage play.
  • Q&A with the cast and crew of the forthcoming Sherlock - the modern day reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
  • Mike Poultan - an English translator and adapter of classic plays - who will be on hand to talk about his recent adaptation of Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • One of Britain’s best loved writers, Ian Edginton, alongside one of the medium’s brightest artistic talents, I.N.J. Culbard, will be in conversation to discuss the first two instalments of Self Made Hero’s Sherlock Holmes graphic novel series: The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Study in Scarlet.

“We’re very excited to be hosting this new festival, which we believe will be a must attend event for anyone with an interest in the Arts and a key addition to the Welsh cultural calendar” said Lynda Powell, Head of Commercial Services, Glyndŵr University Wrexham.

“Since achieving university status we’ve been planning to organise a high quality national event that will attract audiences from around Wales and the UK and we’re confident that the programme for the inaugural Kaleidoscopic will achieve this” she added.

Kaleidoscopic will also feature sessions on:

  • Writing for radio, featuring Alison Hindell (Head of Radio Drama, BBC) and acclaimed radio dramatist Mike Walker
  • How to find support for writers, featuring representatives from the Film Agency for Wales, Everyman Playhouse, and Academi - the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society for Authors.
  • An exclusive Pierhead Session, presented by the National Assembly for Wales, that will examine if a country can be a brand and if so how has ‘Brand Wales’ been adapted over the past 50 years?

Festival organiser Berwyn Rowlands, of The Festivals Company, said: “During this very difficult time, especially for SMEs, a lot of people may consider it ill advised to launch a new festival.

“However, we believe that Kaleidoscopic has identified a gap in the market by focusing solely on the process and business of adapting one art form to another.

"We’re confident that its unique focus, together with the quality of the programme, will ensure that the festival quickly establishes itself as an engaging, original, and exciting event.

"As a company, we’re also very excited about organising our first festival in the North East and working with such fantastic partners as Glyndŵr University and Wrexham Library.”

Tickets for all the sessions will be available through the festival website, by telephone (01978-293293), and in person from Glyndwr University.

Festival Partners and sponsors include Glyndŵr University, Wrexham Council, Film Agency for Wales, National Assembly for Wales, the British Film Institute, Academi, BAFTA Cymru, and Greenland.

The festival is produced by The Festivals Company.

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