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Members' Blog: NOT Acting Our Age

As part of International Women’s day we would like to celebrate this by featuring a blog written by one of our members, Irene Soulsby. 

I’ve been a member of Voice North for a number of years now and one particular opportunity really intrigued me. It was called “More than a label: older women challenging stereotypes, celebrating life”. I decided to take part and wondered what I was going to be letting myself in for!

"A very big part of my life over the last few years has been to participate in research..."

A meeting took place with Karen Ross, Professor of Gender and Media at Newcastle University and we discussed the project in further detail. The first step was digital story-telling.  This was a bit nerve-wracking, as we had to make a film on an iPad.  We were shown what to do, and then we had to write a script and record it!  Some of us had never used an iPad before, never mind a programme that would enable us to make a film!  We worked in pairs and completed it within a couple of hours.  The results were amazing, so many stories, all worthy of Woman's Hour!  We were astonished at what we were able to achieve in such a short time.  We were assisted by Curiosity Creative and our project was called NOT Acting Our Age.  Please have a look at the wonderful stories. http://curiositycreative.org.uk/story

A very big part of my life over the last few years has been to participate in research, and I wanted to make my film about how it all started for me and to talk about some of the projects that I’ve taken part in, some of which have involved the Brain and movement. I’ve been participating in research through Voice North and the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University.

"...we have all surprised ourselves at what we are capable of achieving."

The next step was to take part in a photoshoot, the results of which will be at Newcastle Central Library during the week commencing 6 March 2017. Donna-Lisa Healy was the photographer involved and I am very much looking forward to seeing the exhibition.

The final step is a "happening"/public event that is taking place today as part of International Women's Day in Newcastle city centre.

It's been an exciting project to be involved in and I think we have all surprised ourselves at what we are capable of achieving.  It has been a fantastic experience so far, and it's not over yet!


Credit: Curiosity Creative

Irene Soulsby
Voice North member

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