A Word In Your Ear

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AWIYE 2 November Update

We can’t believe that we are coming to the end of A Word In Your Ear 2. This fantastic programme of visual arts, new writing, film and performance activity has been making a difference to the lives, decision-making and future options for young people across West Lothian. So what will happen next? Well we’ve no idea at the moment, but we’ll keep you posted…

Meanwhile here are just a few of the highlights of AWIYE’s 2016 achievements:

Firstly, congratulations to young adults from HYPE who received their Arts Awards at the AWIYE exhibition event at St John’s Hospital in September.


Young adults supported through HYPE (West Lothian’s Helping Young People Engage) have been taking part in AWIYE programmes for over 2 years now, and have created an inspiring collection of film, media and performance art work. Last week we saw yet another group buckle up, put aside their nerves and  perform live at the West Lothian’s Celebrating Youth Work event at Deans Community High School last week. img_1674img_161020161105_125158

Also performing at Deans were some of AWIYE’s Young Writers, a project that is steadily growing arms and legs with workshops, mentoring sessions, network events and readings taking place right across West Lothian; including a residential weekend in Torphichen, public performance at St John’s Hospital, and the launch of a second collection of new writing at  Armadale Library Book Week later this month.


AWIYE Artists have had a particularly fun and creative time working with children in the Breich Valley, and in a series of sessions for children with additional support needs at Beatlie School in Craigshill, Livingston. Congratulations to everyone involved in the fantastic interactive story-telling for Oxjam!

An there’s still plenty to fit in before December, when our current CashBack for Creativity funding ends – including our Parkour Pathways for those of you hell-bent on getting fit, strong and body-confident.

For further information on any AWIYE activity, please contact the Programme Co-ordinator, Laura Stephen, on 01506 333005, or email laura@firefly-arts.co.uk.





AWIYE.Artlink postereFGaze_Edited-3WritersWelcome back to A WORD IN YOUR EAR2

We’re delighted to have received further funding from Creative Scotland’s Strategic Cashback fund. AWIYE2 will build on the talent, creativity and achievements that have already been generated, and we’re looking forward to working with bundles of new young people between now and December 2016.AWIYE 2

So watch this space for news of AWIYE2 projects, training opportunities, workshops and events. We hope to have a full programme up and  running as soon as possible.

If you, or someone you know, would like to take part in or find out more about AWIYE2 projects, or training opportunities, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Laura Stephen on 01506 333005 or email laura@firefly-arts.co.uk










Young people, friends and families, partner organisations, volunteers and artists celebrated the end of Firefly’s current A Word In Your Ear project last week, with an exhibition of artwork, readings, new writing, live performance and the launch of our F-Gaze film, The Old Lie . We had a tremendous time throughout the Gatherin’ week,and feel infinitely proud of all the children and young people who have participated in this project.


Funded through Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity, A Word In Your Ear has been running across West Lothian for the past 18 months, providing quality arts experience for young people from a range of backgrounds and communities, and enabling Firefly to build a series of new partnerships with local communities, youth services, organisiations and artists.



AWIYE Exhibition and Gatherin’ Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th February 2016

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Sadly the current phase of A Word In Your Ear is coming to a close. But we are celebrating the huge and diverse achievements of all the young people involved with a fab exhibition of film, artwork, new writing and performance. Plus a full-on AWIYE Gatherin’ event to bring together artists, project partners, young people, friends and family

  • The exhibition is open at Howden Park Centre (Livingston EH54 6AE) , from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th February, 9am-5pm each day.
  • The Gatherin’ includes live performance, film, new writing, spoken word and artwork by young people from across West Lothian, and takes place in the Firefly Studio at Howden Park, 7pm on Thursday 25th February.

For more in formation on the AWIYE exhibition and  Gatherin’ event,  please contact Laura Stephen,  laura@firefly-arts.co.uk or call 01506 333005

Supported by Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity, A Word In Your Ear has been  Firefly’s multi-arts programme to build young people’s confidence, talent and aspiration.  Through this programme we’ve worked with children and young people across  West Lothian,  established a range of community partnerships, and enjoyed a wealth of new experience, skills and understanding.

None of which would have been possible without the AWIYE artistic team,  including film media and digital specialists, visual artists,  writers, movement and performance specialists. We  are especially grateful to the following for their exceptional commitment, skill and creativity:

Ellie Stewart; Martin O’Connor; Jen Randall; Euan Ryan; Rosie Reid; Alexa Hare; David Banks; Polly Philips; Geraldine Heaney; Frances Priest; and Jenny Holgarth.

Thanks to all our supporters throughout the past 16 months. We look forward to working  with you all again in the future!






We’re rolling steadily towards Xmas and New Year, and A Word In Your Ear projects are going from strength to strength.

Our new film, In Other People’s Shoes, has now been completed and will appear shortly on AWIYE’s Vimeo page. Look out also for F-Gaze, a great  music video featuring young male dancers, and made entirely by our all-girl film crew in the wilds of the Kilpatrick hills last summer.

Following the success of the  ArtBook Scarves project, we invited visual artist, Alexa Hare, back  for some Big Banner Making workshops. Some of the scarves and the banners are disappearing back home with the young people who have made them (we’re delighted you like them guys!). But luckily some have entrusted their artwork to us, so it can be displayed at the AWIYE Gathering’ event next February.

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Meanwhile we’ve had great fun with our growing band of  young writers, artists, story-tellers and performers in Armadale, Blackridge , Whitburn and Livingston.

Don’t forget you can catch, see and experience all this work at A Word In Your Ear’s mega Gatherin’ event on Thursday 25th February 2016, along with an open exhibition of artwork, writing and recordings (open 9am to 5pm from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th February). Not to be missed!



AWIYE continues to generate a wide range of quality arts activity for West Lothian’s talented young people. Our Writers-in-Residence, sound-design, music, film and media specialists work in direct partnership with local youth services to ensure that AWIYE projects engage with all young people, regardless of economic, social or cultural background. Current projects include:

• Young people in rural Blackridge are bringing their favourite stories together, using a pinch of imagination and a twist of creativity, to devise a special winter sharing.

• Our writer in residence, Martin O’Connor, has been working with young mums in Whitburn to develop story-telling skills, games and activities for them and their children.

AWIYE has started up an  after-school workshop for young people in Armadale to develop their creativity and theatre skills.This is a new project – but already buzzing with talent.

• F-Gaze, our all-girl film crew from across West Lothian, are now editing the film
they shot on location this summer. To be premiered in December. We just can’t wait!

• Vulnerable young adults from across West Lothian have been working with Artist, Alexa Hare, to create some stunning print-images, and building confidence, technical and creative skills at the same time. See their designs above…

• Young writers from across West Lothian continue to work with writer-In-residence, Ellie Stewart, to share their writing, text-based work and creative ideas at a series of workshops and mentoring sessions.

A Word In Your Ear also runs regular training and skills development for young people, project volunteers and staff, including:
• Additional Support Needs training. Creative practice for artists and young volunteers who work with children and young people affected by disability, sensory and communication impairments.
• Deaf Awareness Training: Introductory and refresher British Sign Language, deaf awareness and the importance of positive deaf role models.
• Digital Media Training: Mentored development and work placement opportunity in digital media, film and edit skills.

For more information on this programme, contact Laura Stephen at Firefly Arts:
T: 01506 333005   E: laura@firefly-arts.co.uk


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