Zine Making at Betty’s Hut. With Monkfish Productions and Projects4Change

So I led a A Little Bit of Good In The World workshop with Monkfish Productions in February, where we explored the theme of citizenship with a Projects 4 Change group at Betty’s Hut in Cowgate.

During the workshop session we used zines to tell stories about the ways we all play a part in our communities, wider society and the world.

We used A4 and A3 sizes of paper, creating an easy to make zine that required no staples or glue. I then created some prompts for the group to use around the theme, letting it be flexible to everyones needs. The outcome was brilliant, and the unique differences made the zines very creative.

Holly & Co Ad Break with Royal Mail Business

Super excited to be the winner of the independent ad break on the Holly & Co podcast sponsored by Royal Mail Business.
You can listen to this weeks Conversations of Inspiration with Holly Tucker podcast with Sir John Timpson by going to the link here with Holly & Co

Passion, pain and perseverance: the highest highs and the lowest lows. Hear the powerfully honest conversations and life lessons of those brave enough to make the break and do what they love. As well as gaining hard won wisdom from the nation’s favourite founders, creatives and entrepreneurs, you’ll also discover the most incredible stories behind the UK’s best loved brands — from Innocent and Boden, to The Body Coach and The Mobo Awards.
Since launching notonthehighstreet in 2006, and then Holly & Co in 2017, Holly Tucker MBE has dedicated her life to empowering small businesses and bringing colour to grey. So each episode is filled with a kaleidoscope of fascinating experiences, delivered with wit and warmth.


I loved sharing my story, and recommend listening to the podcast for some positivity and boosts of motivation.

Fishy on a Dishy

Following the nursery rhyme Dance to your Daddy, sometimes known as “When the Boat Comes In” is a nursery rhyme first published in 1849 in “Songs of the bards of the Tyne” by Joseph Robson. It became popular again in the 1970s when a modern version of the song was used as the theme song for the BBC serial “When The Boat Comes In”, so much that nowadays most people know the modern lyrics of the song.

This is where the inspiration came for this folk song on a fish tin !

Co-Investigating for the Newbridge Project

Recently I was commissioned by the Newbridge Project to explore the effects of the pandemic and the lockdown.

It raised questions of economic depravity, depression, mental health, capacity for adaptation, and resistance to hardship. Responses were collected via conversations between friends, family and wider communities. These collated findings in a visual study of multiple conversations spanning 4 languages, 40 participants, survey monkey questionnaires with anonymous responses across Newcastle upon Tyne.


Whilst my first response was from the perspective of a documentary photographer (see past projects) I quickly came to realise the responses I wanted weren’t from simply observation on the streets, it was more emotive and through conversations with people. Varied groups of people created a diverse collective of data that I read through, and created illustrations from. I recorded these all in one moleskin sketchbook.

I wanted to explore the differences in each response, but what I found was they were more similar than anticipated. Family was the most important factor to all of the respondents, and though their lives had been impacted negatively by the corona virus one way or another – the outlook was very resilient.

What was interesting about the study was being able to see what my fellow other 8 investigators were doing. This difference in approach, creating and making has really made this approach unique by the Newbridge Project. More to follow on these soon 🙂

Here is the YouTube video showing the illustrations: https://youtu.be/Oi6P3m2tYMs

Dr.Death. Illustration by Sofia Barton (c)


The Newbridge Project:
Website: https://thenewbridgeproject.com/
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