As part of our Festival Focus Day, Poverty: How can we tell a new story to inspire change?, find out about community initiatives to tackle the shame surrounding poverty and make policymakers listen.
Join TV producer and director Sally Ogden of True Vision Yorkshire as she discusses the film Fighting Shame, featuring a group of women who use everyday items to tell of the sacrifices and difficult choices they face. Meanwhile, Kev Curran and Shelly Reed, will explain how Inspired Youth is embracing the creativity and vibrancy of digital media production, arts and participative inclusion techniques to engage and empower marginalised people. The session is chaired by Abigail Scott Paul, Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Our Focus Day, presented in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, continues throughout the day, so why not stay for Changing the Narrative and a special film screening of the documentary A Northern Soul? Don’t miss the Beats Bus which will be parked in Parliament Street from 11am to 5pm.
About the speakers
Kev Curran is the Director of Inspired Youth, and an award-winning filmmaker and campaigner with 15 years experience of social projects. He studied film and media at Plymouth University and has a first class degree. His first film Inner Sense won a Royal Television Society Award. He is a creative visionary with a passion and drive to work with the people at the heart of the experience to develop and shape his projects. His hard-hitting work has won a series of national awards igniting positive debate around social issues and raising awareness both locally and nationally.
Sally Ogden is a Shooting Producer and Development Producer for True Vision Yorkshire. She recently spent two years developing and producing The Truth about Muslim Marriage for Channel 4. She is shooting Producer for the company’s Bafta nominated Channel 4 series Catching a Killer. Fighting Shame is the first film Sally has directed for Guardian Documentaries. Sally has worked in TV for the past 10 years and was previously a youth worker in inner city Bradford and worked with offenders on release from Prison. She later set up her own homeless charity, City Lights.
Shelly Reed is 19 years old and has lived In York all her life. She went into the care system at the age of nine and feels very lucky to have stayed in the same placement throughout the duration of her time in care, with carers who she now calls mum and dad. She now lives independently after being supported leaving care aged 17 and a half. She currently works full time, and wishes to grow a career in sharing her experiences of being in care in order to change the narrative and make a positive difference.
Abigail Scott Paul is Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). She works alongside poverty activists and campaigners, content creators, cultural partners and the media to drive JRF's strategy and tell a new story about people in poverty. It is one that can boost public understanding, shift negative attitudes and build support for action. Abigail is a framing advocate having led JRF's award-winning Talking about Poverty work. She is passionate about the role of authentic storytelling for systems change, and recently collaborated with Sean McAllister on the critically acclaimed documentary A Northern Soul. She is a true believer in using data and insight to inform the way JRF communicates with public audiences. Twitter: @abigailspaul