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You can do it: How to build the life you have always wanted

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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If you're looking for practical inspiration and encouragement to pursue a more varied career – or a better work/life balance – don't miss this unique day of talks with successful entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative thinkers.

Whether you've always wanted to start your own business or follow a freelance creative path, life is too short to work pay cheque to pay cheque and not make time for things you love.  

Writer, illustrator and performer Laura Dockrill and our panel of special guest speakers, including author, artist and Central Saint Martins lecturer Rod Judkins, Felix White, guitarist and songwriter of The Maccabees and founder of Yala Records, performance artist, writer and comedian Bryony Kimmings and Rupert Holloway, founder of gin distillery Conker Spirit, will show you how work and play can be combined by taking the leap and turning your passion into your career.

This masterclass is a chance to meet likeminded creators, innovators and visionaries who have taken the plunge and injected a little more of what they love doing into their daily lives. You will hear honest, first-hand accounts about the ups and downs of pursuing your dream career or business idea.

You will receive guidance on idea generation, networking as well as partnership building, and leave with a boost of confidence and bursting with ideas.

Content

  • Writer, illustrator and performer Laura Dockrill: how to get started and not take “no” for an answer, how to live and breathe your job, blurring the lines between work and play, where to find inspiration, how to network and be your own boss.

  • Author, artist and Central Saint Martins lecturer Rod Judkins: how to develop the creative confidence to have ideas and become prolific at it, how to overcome obstacles to creative thinking and turn small ideas into big ones.

  • Performance artist, writer and comedian Bryony Kimmings: how to balance a varied career, use your life for creative inspiration and divide your attention between other commitments, such as having a family.

  • Founder of Dorset’s first gin distillery Conker Spirit Rupert Holloway: the practical challenges of setting up a business – how to think about money, what to do when your work and life are one and the same, transparent marketing and being honest.

  • Founder of Yala Records, guitarist and songwriter of The Maccabees Felix White: finding what you love doing, changing direction, creative collaborations and having multiple careers.

Host profile

Laura Dockrill is a writer, illustrator and performance poet. Her books include Echoes, a collection of poems and short stories, the Carnegie Medal nominated YA novel Lorali, as well as the Darcy Burdock series for younger readers, which was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. Laura has appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies and is a frequent poet performer at festivals, including Glastonbury, Hay, Edinburgh, London Literary Festival and Latitude. She’s been a roaming reporter for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and also performed her work on Newsnight, BBC Breakfast and BBC Woman’s Hour.

Speaker profiles

Rod Judkins is an author and artist, and teaches creative thinking at Central Saint Martins College of Art. His bestselling book The Art of Creative Thinking has been translated into more than 10 languages. Rod's most recent book is Ideas Are Your Only Currency. He has delivered creative thinking workshops to some of the world's top organisations, including The Royal Free Hospital, Apple and Samsung.

Felix White is a founding member, guitarist and songwriter with The Maccabees, who announced their split last summer, after 14 years of touring and recording, and four studio albums, the last of which, Marks to Prove It, was a UK No 1. Over the past few years, Felix has written about music and sport, including a regular new music column in NME and features on cricket and football for the Guardian, Soccerbible and All Out Cricket. Six months ago, he co-founded Yala Records, a record label and club night, focused on debut artists and new music.

Bryony Kimmings is a performance artist, writer, comedian, director, musician, activist, feminist, mother and loudmouth. Her award-winning work has been seen in theatres in the UK, Europe, the US and Australia. Bryony’s work exists cross-platform, as music, documentaries, websites, PR campaigns and viral movements, but always ends in performance. Her most recent works have focused on socio-political injustice: Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model tackled the sexualisation and commodification of childhood through tween pop culture and Fake It ‘Til You Make It tackled the dark subject of male suicide and depression.

Rupert Holloway is a fresh face to the drinks industry. Prior to launching Conker Spirit, Dorset’s first gin distillery in April 2015, he worked as a chartered surveyor, a career that took him seven years to train for, and yet had failed to evoke a smile for as long as he dared to remember. Almost two years after Rupert’s decision to take the leap and work for himself, Conker Spirit has become a highly regarded mainstay of the gin renaissance, winning multiple awards and national listings, including River Cottage, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason.

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Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
W1G 0AE London
United Kingdom

Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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