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Ignite Social: Storytelling

14 December 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Every second Thursday of the month, we host a social meet-up with creative inspiration and an opportunity to connect and learn how we can support one another’s work. With a bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks, teas and coffees, relaxed music, socialising and inspirational speakers.

This month we will be considering very different mediums for storytelling, including poetry, folk music and independent genre and horror film making. We will close the evening with an acoustic performance from Songs of the Folk.

Lauren and AT aka Songs of the Folk

‘We sing original songs and stories about people, for people’Lauren and AT, also known as Songs of the Folk, will be talking to us about their music, poetry and creative journey.

Together Lauren and AT write and sing folk music, which has a strong narrative influence. AT also creates typed poetry with vintage typewriters, surfaces and frames. They have recently moved to Essex from North Carolina, and are currently exhibiting in ‘Artists at the Meadows’.

Lauren and AT will close the evening with some of their original music.

Scott Lyus

Scott will be talking about Crossroad Pictures and the Black Sunday Film Festival. Scott Lyus and colleague Chris Nials set up Crossroad Pictures to create feature length genre films ‘unlike anyone else on the UK market: compelling, character-driven pieces that ask topical and on-trend questions about the world around us’.

Together they have also set up the Black Sunday Film Festival, now held in Chelmsford every January – this festival features the best independent horror and genre films.

Scott will talk about these amazing projects, the storytelling medium of independent film and his own creative journey.

What to expect

Patch, 5 – 6 Grays Yard, Springfield Rd, Chelmsford, CM2 6QR

7-10pm, Thursday 14th December

  • From 7pm – People begin arriving, relaxed music is played.
  • 7-7.30pm – Getting drinks and catching up with fellow creatives in the bar space. There are activities such as pens/paper for doodling, and free space and seats in the foyer if you’d prefer.
  • 7.30-9pm – People move through to the presentation space, to sit down and hear from the speakers – speakers sit/stand at the front and often use power point presentations. There is a Q&A at the end, giving an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
  • 9-10pm – Some people choose to leave at 9, others choose to stay to informally catch up further. The bar is open until 10pm.

The bar serves water, tea, coffee, cola / diet cola, beer and red and white wine, we accept card, but don’t normally accept cash.


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  • Dropping into the next Ignite online collaborative hub meeting, the fourth Thursday of every month, 12-1.30pm – to share what you are currently working on or thinking about, and to find chances to collaborate and share knowledge.


14 December 2023
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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