It’s almost the end of a classic damp summer. But never mind, autumn is almost upon us, and that means the Bloomsbury Festival is not that far away. The theme this year is Shining Light with events running from 15-24 October. Our project writers have been busy talking to the event contacts they’ve been paired with.
This is Suzie Inman’s third year being a Writer in Residence at the festival. And this time around, Suzie is also a project writer, “which means I can get a bit more up close and personal with one event at this brilliant festival and I’m looking forward to finding out more about what makes other artists who take part tick.”
Like Suzie, Alex Mawson-Harris is also based in Cornwall. And “Shining Light seemed perfect after the dark storm. Connecting through art reminds me how similar we all are, our togetherness filling me with hope.”
Fiona Thompson loves taking part “because it always gives me licence to discover something unusual or different about my city. This year, I had the chance to interview Samir Savant, Director of the London Handel Festival, about a concert that’s taking place at the Foundling Museum on 24 October. Samir refers to the composer as ‘Mr Handel’ because he feels he has a personal connection to him, having sung his music since he was a child and worked at the Handel & Hendrix in London museum prior to taking over at the London Handel Festival. He thinks that if Handel were alive today, he’d love the fact that the concert will shine a light on upcoming singers. Samir also believes that Mr Handel would live tweet throughout the concert.”
Once again, John Simmons has been an integral part of our relationship with the festival. He’s “always excited by crossing cultures and genres. Particularly to explore a theme like ‘belonging’. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a diverse group and to create writing that will be part of a performance bringing together music from different traditions.”