Walking, Talking, Snapping and Thinking with Sarah Connolly from Avon Stories.

On 27th July I went for a 4 hour walk and talk with my good friend (and former student) Sarah Connolly, who runs the Avon Stories project, which sees her interview various artists, historians and other interested people about their connections with the river.  This wasn’t an official Avon Stories walk, and I wasn’t being

RWA exhibition – 10th – 31st August 2014

For some reason I’m only now getting to advertise this on my own blog,  I have an exhibition with Angus Fraser at Royal West Academy Gallery (RWA), Bristol – 10th – 31st August 2014 (so only one week left!!) My work, multimedia works including a 23 minute film (made in collaboration with Rob Mitchell), is about the SS

Introduction to ’12 Years a Slave’, The Watershed – 28.1.14

[Below is a written up version of what was spoken from the head, rather than recited from a script. Introduction given at The Watershed, Bristol, 28 January 2014, 5.30pm] Good evening and welcome to the Watershed for the screening of ‘12 years a Slave’.  I’m Dr Shawn Sobers – I’m told to use the “Dr”

Chapter in new book ‘Slavery and the British Country House’

Proud to see this book arrive, ‘Slavery and the British Country House’, published by English Heritage, which includes a chapter by me and Rob Mitchell. Book edited by Madge Dresser. The book is full of insights into how the finances from the slave trade built the aristocracy and the legacies still visible in the British landscape. Link

Complaint sent to the BBC about the bias on the BBC Bristol newsdesk – 26.5.13

This was sent to the BBC via their complaints website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/ “On 25 May there was an anti-Islamic EDL faction march in Bristol, which started in the Kingswood area and turned violent in a pub in Church Road. They were heading to Lawrence Hill and Easton, quite Muslim populated areas of Bristol, before the police

Warning: (Possible) News bias detected on BBC Bristol news desk

Why didn’t the BBC Bristol news desk mention it was an anti-Islamic EDL march that turned violent in Bristol?  If this was an Islamic march, Black people’s march or anti-capitalist protest that turned violent you can bet that would have been mentioned.   What is going on BBC Bristol?  I sure hope you are not

Review of Shooting Youth photography exhibition at Knowle West Media Centre

In Roland Barthes’ influential book about photography, Camera Lucida, the French theorist writes, “Ultimately, photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.“ The new photography exhibition at Knowle West Media Centre, Shooting ‘Youth’, is subversive therefore for a number of reasons.  It is an intelligent photography exhibition

Winterbourne View: care home newsletter (Once a week news pic, plus comment on ‘new’ vs ‘old’ media)

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke Note: I think this BBC Panorama documentary and reporter Joe Casey should go down in history, not only for raising awareness of the evil actions it witnessed, but also to highlight the reasons why serious investigative journalism should never die

Stop the Stokes Croft Bristol violence, enough is enough! (more trouble last night!!)

More trouble in Stokes Croft again last night!  I feel the protesters have done more damage to the area than a Tesco Metro ever could. I know the arguments about globalisation blah blah but this is over the top! I don’t agree with the police tactics and heavy handed way they are evicting the squat,

Bristol police miss opportunity to work with community filmmakers to build dialogue after riots

See below the latest street news video by the South Blessed Community Channel, as a follow-up to their anti-Tesco film, (see previous post).  Last night the local police used vans and deployed a helicopter to stop the screening of a film in a park about last week’s riots.  When the screening moved to a local house, at first the police then