April 2013 update: I’m currently completing my research thesis. The findings are out on a mini world tour of presentations and workshops. I’m job hunting and looking forward to life-after-PhD.
What am I most excited about? Playing outdoors in the sunshine after such a miserable winter. Going Feral very soon on April 28th. Then the fantastic Feral Summer Unschool in collaboration with Lily of Kindling. It’s a week-long residential exploration in the Lake District this August 2013 and it is getting a lot of interest. Out of the week will come a greater sense of what feral can be and do as an art form and eco-socially-engaged practice, as well as what we all look/feel/smell like after a week in the woods! What more will we know of the more-than-human world?
Here’s a list of my academic achievements: McCree Academic Res, Pub & Lect
Upcoming public events or participatory workshops are as follows:
Careful herding of Bristol Feral Choir continues: every second Weds or so (a few special guest this season including the return of Kathy Hinde, Shakespeare festians etc)
April 10, May 15, June 5, July 10) 7.30pm. All welcome.
August 28-30: Presentation on Research Findings @ Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference.
August 17-23: Feral Summer Unschool in the Lake District. Advance booking essential.
June 9-14: Presentation on Research Findings @ World Environmental Education Congress, Marrakech, Morocco.
May 24-26: Agent in ‘The Memory Dealer’ (Rik Lander / U-Soap Media) at Mayfest, , Bristol.
May 9 – 11: FS SW 2013 Gather, DIY skillshare for Forest School folk, Somerset.
April 28: Going Feral, a creative playday for adults in woods near Bristol. Advance booking essential.
April 9: Presentation on ‘Re-territorialising the norms surrounding natural play’ @ Philosophy@Play conference, University of Gloucestershire and session chair.
March 6: Workshop on ‘Improvisation and Flow’ @ National Playwork Conference.
March 5: Presentation on Research Findings @ National Playwork Conference.
Jan 30-31: Agent in ‘The Memory Dealer’ (Rik Lander / U-Soap Media) playtest, Digital Futures Conference, Watershed, Bristol.
Dec: Singing Lamb in the Comedy Shepherds, Fabulous Old Spot Theatre Company, various outdoor locations.
Nov-Dec: Improvising vocalist on Vocal Migrations by Kathy Hinde. Pervasive Media studio talk at 1pm 14 Dec, Watershed Bristol, free.
Careful herding of Bristol Feral Choir: every third Weds (Aug 15, Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21) 7.30pm. All welcome.
Dec 1: Free University Conference, Oxford. Facilitating using Open Space Technology.
Nov 3rd-4th: FS SW 2012 Gather, DIY skillshare for FS folk & their friends, Somerset.
Oct 2 – 4th: EU Forest Pedagogy Conference, Scotland. Research presentation.
Sept 7th Play Research Network, Leeds. Research presentation.
July 7th Fantasy Play workshop at national launch of Forest Schools Association, Derby.
May 19th: Creative outdoor workshops, Forest Schools tweetmeet, Cheshire.
April 22nd: Going Feral woodland workshop, creative outdoor playday for grown-ups, woods near Bristol. 10.30 – 5pm, £35 / 25.
March 31st: Questing and exploring, outdoor play for children with special needs, Breakheart Quarry, Gloucestershire.
March 23rd: Reflective Creativity workshop, Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) at Brenscombe Outdoor Centre, Corfe, Dorset.
March 21st: Bristol Feral Choir workshop (also April 18th, May 16th etc, ongoing every 3rd Weds, 7.30 – 9.45pm)
March 1st and 17th: Environmental Art. An imaginative and creative exploration of habitat and conservation, DEEP project. Outdoor play for school groups, Breakheart Quarry, Gloucestershire.
Feb 22nd: Bristol Feral Choir workshop (also March 21, April 18, etc, ongoing every 3rd Weds, 7.30 – 9.45pm)
Feb 1st – 3rd: An imaginative and creative exploration of habitat and conservation, DEEP project. Outdoor play for school groups, Breakheart Quarry, Gloucestershire.
Sun Jan 29th: Song leader at Winter Wassail, St Werburgh’s City Farm, Bristol
Weds Jan 25th: Research presentation at national Play Research Network, London.
Sun Jan 15th; Song leader at North Nibley Wassail, Gloucestershire
Sat Jan 7th: Song leader at Horsley Wassail, Gloucestershire