MA Creative Practice student selected to take part in New Creatives North

06 May 2021

MA Creative Practice student Midge Ryall has been selected to take part in the New Creatives North, a talent development scheme supported by Arts Council England and BBC Arts and delivered by Tyneside Cinema.

Midge will release a spoken word poem for audio. The piece is a narrative poem about being overwhelmed by the prospect of facing the day. It's a project about mental health, ownership of the body and self, and the pressures to engage with the world through the lens of social media.

Image: Midge Ryall

New Creatives North is a talent development scheme that offers opportunities for creators to be mentored by experienced artists to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. The programme supports artists aged 16 to 30 to bring to their original ideas to life through film, audio or interactive artworks.

On being selected Midge said: "I'm so grateful to be involved in this project, and to be learning so much about script writing, sound editing and digital distribution through the process. It will feel like such a big achievement to eventually hear my work on the BBC!"

Midge Ryall is a poet and artist from Oxford, who's found her home in the North East of England. She has exhibited and performed at venues in Durham, Newcastle and Manchester, and is currently collaborating with various artists in Leeds through her MA in Creative Practice. She facilitates workshops and events, including the 'Poetry Fuddle' with local artist Eleanor Scorah.

Midge's work explores the interconnectedness of storytelling, trauma and identity - with a sprinkling of mischievous humour for good measure.

The work is one of 18 films, 30 audio pieces and 2 interactive works commissioned as a part of the project.