Troublemaker’s Festival interviews: Tim Batcup
Somehow, despite all his different projects, Tim Batcup found time to take part in the Troublemaker’s Festival in Swansea and answer a few questions from Swansea News Network. Tim Batcup runs Storyopolis, a not for profit children’s literacy project and two other emerging projects. He’s a busy man just now running several events in the festival, including Troubleopolis (a comic workshop for young people) and Typewriter Trouble, (type a poem or a secret on an old typewriter in Volcano Theatre. He’s also organising Tuneopolis (live music by teenage Troublemakers!). He gave me the lowdown and what to expect from his very own version of trouble making; Troubleopolis.
Tim Batcup on Troubleopolis
PD: “What is Troubleopolis?”
TB: “Troubleopolis is an offshoot of Swansea’s Storyopolis children’s literacy project. We’ve been putting on free workshops for schools and the public for almost a year, and wanted to be part of the Troublemakers’ festival. So here we are! We’ve got an all-day comic making workshop on the Saturday, a great bunch of teenage musicians on the Sunday, and we’ve got a few old-school typewriters outside of Volcano all weekend so young people can swing by and type a poem or a secret with the theme Trouble!”
Tim Batcup on comics
PD: “What is your favourite comic?”
TB: “Tough one, and I’m pretty old (!), but anything by Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman is always quality, likewise Bryan Talbot, Joe Sacco, Grant Morrison and Pat Mills. My favourite is From Hell by Alan Moore – an existential excavation of the Jack The Ripper mythos.”
PD: “Who is your favourite comic illustrator and why?”
TB: Hmm. There are some great stylists – Dave McKean, Bill Sienkewicz, Kevin O’ Neill, Eddie Campbell, but my all-time favourite is another Alan Moore collaborator – J.H Williams III – his work on Promethea is transcendent.
Tim Batcup on Storyopolis
PD: “Can you tell me about your ongoing work with Storyopolis?”
TB: Yeah, sure. It’s a non-profit children’s literacy project I set up almost a year ago. We provide free workshops for schools and some public events. We’ve worked with authors and writers Helen & Thomas Docherty, Rachel Trezise, Mab Jones, Rufus Mafasas and many schools – Blaenymaes, Cadle, Cefn Hengoed, Trallwn, Morriston, Bryniago and more. We’ve worked on story-making, poetry, script-writing, rapping, comics, performance – you name it! It’s a broad church!
PD: “Would you like to see young people better involved in the planning and life of the city?”
TB: Absolutely. One of our projects – which we just completed last week – was exactly this: Rufus Mafasas and Blaenymaes Primary worked over 5 sessions observing and exploring the past, present, and future of Swansea, and the High Street in particular. I think it’s absolutely crucial young people have a voice in the future of their city. Maybe just ask them what they’d like?
PD: “What one thing would you do to change the world?”
TB: Have everyone read more!
Troublemaker’s Festival – 13th -16th July #trouble2017
“Changing the world, starting with the High Street”
The festival reimagines the stretch of street between the station and Castle Square as a pedestrian-friendly place where arts and culture aren’t something special but are part of everyday life. It opens up buildings that people perhaps don’t normally see and uses spaces that perhaps people don’t normally notice. The Troublemakers Festival is for everyone who uses Swansea High Street and cares about it’s future. It’s for people who live on High Street, work on High Street, shop on the High Street, socialize on High Street, pass through High Street. It’s for young people and old people. It’s for Art lovers and show-goers and pizza fans and it’s for people who’ve never been to a gallery or theatre in their lives.
Come along as together a manifesto is created for the hIgh Street. Lose at the Unfair Funfair, Levitate The Palace Theatre, have a Tea Party, join a march, recreate extraordinary speeches from history, watch films, make placards and eat pizza. Be inspired, entertained and provoked. A chance to be at the heart of the change taking place from the station down to the sea. Everyone is welcome!
Please note some events are bookable. Follow event links within programmes (see below for further detailed information) to book these events in advance.
Please also note: The road will be made pedestrian friendly and will be closed from The Grand Hotel down to Argos on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Festival partners include The Last Resort, Sew Swansea, GaleriesSimpson, TechHub, Urban Village, Cinema & Co, Oxfam, Castle Square, Elysium Studios and Gallery, UWTSD, PEG Talks, The Environment Centre, The Women’s Institute, Hyst…
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