Creative Dundee is a network set up to support and strengthen creativity within the city of Dundee. A programme of regular events bring people from a huge variety of backgrounds together in the same room to share ideas, inspirations and experiences, and build a common vision and voice for the city. Dundee has changed massively since I grew up here in the 1980s and 90s. It is an exciting time for renewal and investment with large-scale regeneration of the waterfront including the building of V&A Design Museum.
Pecha Kucha is a popular, quick-fire format – presenters have 20 images and show each for just 20 seconds. Creative Dundee invited me to give a Pecha Kucha talk in November. I spoke on the theme of the ‘Dens Road’.
Dens Road is the Dundee street home to both of the city’s football stadiums, Dens Park and Tannadice. In Scots, a ‘den’ can be a place of sanctuary, of home, of making. It is also the name of an animal’s shelter and childhood fort. The Dens Road us the title of a poem I wrote about feeling at home.
I found the Pecha Kucha format of no notes and not having control of slide changes really challenging but would highly recommend it as a way to practice clarity of communication and open up new conversations.