Carol Leeming was awarded the Margaret Penfold Award for Media for Digital Story Telling for the Enchanter film poem at the Leicester Writers Club Annual Awards Dinner. LWC Committee members had viewed the evocative Enchanter film poem at an exclusive packed preview launch screening in September 2016 at Phoenix Arts & Cinema. The audience response was noted as to how enthusiastically there had received, the Enchanter film poem which was written, and produced with Rob Gurney of Digital Mechanic, it featured Carol performing the character of the Enchanter, with song, dance and a recitation of the poem ‘Drawing’ taken from the debut chapbook published by Dare to Diva The Declamations Of Cool Eye. Dare to Diva will release the film poem Enchanter to the wider public, early in the New Year. Prior to a series of event dates, poetry readings from The Declamations of Cool Eye, with Book stalls and signings of by the author Carol Leeming
Carol Leeming lead a very successful Poetry Writing Workshop wth a group of DMU Degree Students as part of the DMU Local Initiative at the Y Theatre. The students were quickly engaged in identifying topics, to write about along with understanding the different tools used to write poetry and how it can be structured.
The session is best described by Tony Graves Head of Subject Arts & Festivals De Montfort University:
‘The session was extremely professional, well planned and enabled all participants to follow the process of understanding how to develop their creative ideas and produce spoken word poetry.
Your approach was supportive and encouraging at all times. Though the majority of the participants were novices you managed to provide them with that all important self-belief which meant they were all were able to produce excellent writing which they shared with enthusiasm.
The participants were all highly stimulated by their experience and overall the session fully met expectations. I fully recommend your workshop and look forward to the university working with you again in the near future’
The Evington Echo’s event for Inter Faith Week is centred around developing a positive relationship with local schools and promoting unity and respect by inviting students to write for a poetry competition to the theme ‘Celebrating Cultural Diversity in Leicester’ . Carol Leeming was one of the Judges the Young Peoples poetry and noted the heartfelt sentiments expressed by the young people in their entries. Winning entries were from a selection of three schools in the area and read by the young people at this event. Carol recited One Love lyrics oat the event which was 10.30 programme 11 – 12.15 followed by buffet lunch.
At Curve at the well attended TEDx Event Leicester October 26th,Carol Leeming performed, with engaging lively film visuals produced by Amanda Leandro, as part of the Cosmocular Music Ensemble a multi-cultural outfit of Leicester based musicians. Carol performed original music composed by her, Miranda Booth and Richard Everiitt, commissioned by Amanda Leandro of Cosmopolitan Festival. The music and lyrics in particular of the song One Love Carol says ‘is a song for troubling times and to help refocus’. The performances were well received and the Cosmocular Ensemble members include Richard Everitt Lead Composer, Miranda Booth Harp & Co-composer, Mike Sole Piano Keyboards, Will Todd Bass Hari Trevedi Tablas and Malcolm D’Sa, al were put together by Artistic Director Amanda Leandro, as such they all look forward to further performances by the Ensemble and film screenings in the future