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What I do:
maker, worker, writer based in Galway, Ireland & Powys, Wales.
A little more about me:
I make things.

You can see what I've been making at my main site.
Arddleen, Powys
Projects I’m working on:
In 2016, I'll: continue editing for REACT and Book Kernel; lecturing for UWE; writing my next book; being an Emerging Producer with NTW; making pervasive media works with Circumstance; presenting and performing for StAnza; and I'll begin my PhD Scholarship in Galway, Ireland.

In 2015, I: continued editing for REACT and Book Kernel; lecturing for UWE; writing my next book; I produced the transfer of 'Bedazzled - A Welshman in New York' to StAnza Poetry Festival; I became an Emerging Producer with NTW; and made pervasive media works with Circumstance.

In 2014, I’m: working with Welsh National Opera & Yello Brick on a new street game & theatre production; Splash & Ripple on an adventure in a National Trust castle; promoting my debut novel, Purefinder; editing for REACT and Book Kernel; lecturing for UWE; writing my next book; and putting a team together for a large-scale, interactive work.
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Purefinder - Gothic horror historical thriller released (!) and in the wild

Anyone want a Gothic horror historical thriller of a novel?

That and a satire on ConDem Britain?

Well, my novel - Purefinder - is just that and it came out in December 2013!


My publisher has encouraged me to tell everyone so I thought I better tell you lovely lot.

Its protagonist is Bryn Prifardd Llewes ap Llwyn, a Wrexham man moved to London but on the day…


Posted on January 8, 2014 at 16:00

My manor manner - Rhayader PeerGroup Residency

When you go somewhere new, what's the first thing you do?

What are your first considerations?

What are our basic needs to engage with another?

When you meet someone new, what's the first thing you ask them?

What does a community care about?

What can a community not see that you can?

PeerGroup's methods take a long time, preferably years. We had 6 days.

To make work with a community, we need to become a regular fixture of that community. And keep…


Posted on November 25, 2013 at 21:30

the trust of strangers - Waleslab & The Walking Trust test day

When this all began, I was asked to put my trust in strangers.

Now we ask strangers to put their trust in us and each other.

In 2012, NTW's Waleslab asked collaborators to work together but to do so solely online.

Our team - what we now call…


Posted on August 11, 2013 at 5:26

In keeping with missing out

Yesterday was a strange day: I got some good news that completely blindsided me to the outside world and one submission deadline I'd set myself and labelled as REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT.

Ah well. Ho hum, the days go on.

Of course, that's in keeping with the freelance lifestyle - two up, one down; one forward, one half-back.

Though this is undoubtedly preaching to the choir, and possibly speaking into the winter-void of the net, I thought that here would be the…


Posted on December 20, 2012 at 9:00

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At 9:40 on August 31, 2012, Alison Neighbour said…

Hi Ben, sorry I've only just got around to using the "friends" feature on here and I noticed your post about sign language below - I have a friend (also a writer and director) who is interested in doing something similar, incorporating sign as more of an integral part of performance, and is always looking for people to practice with. I could put you in touch if you like?

At 17:06 on February 21, 2012, Emma Angharad Baggott said…

Yes Goldsmiths does seem like a million years ago. Sounds like you are very busy, and flourishing too. I'm good, I'm teaching and directing at the BRIT school on a part time basis, doing some assisting and applying for thing right left and centre. Yes still London based, I love London, although I'm originally from Cardiff and it is constantly calling me home! Do you see anyone from Goldsmiths these days? I see Roanna a lot and that is about it really. x

At 16:29 on February 21, 2012, Emma Angharad Baggott said…

Hi Ben,

How is life? I'm welsh so I though I'd better sign up for the NTW online community, it is interesting this online community, not sure if it fully works. I have an interview with NTW next week in Cardiff, I'd love to get the job!

What are you up to?

Emma x


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