February 27, 2018
Prof. Paul Carr featured on Being Human blog in an interview about Popular Music in Merthyr Tydfil project. He discusses Recollecting Popular Music Memories in Merthyr Tydfil event and explains how he set up community partnerships with First Campus, Theatre Soar, Merthyr Tydfil Public Libraries, Peter Morgan Barnes, Gwaunfarren Primary School, Pantyscallog Primary School and DigiChemestry. This event was funded by a Being Human Small Award.
November 1, 2017
Photo Credit: Alan Crompton
The musical history of Merthyr will be played out by the young people of the town at an event at Theatre Soar on Saturday, November 25 (1-3.30pm).
Part of the international Being Human Festival, the University of South Wales (USW) event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the music scene in Merthyr in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
As part of the festival, USW’s Professor Paul Carr is working with a number of local schools to bring alive the ‘lost history’ of popular music in the town.
Prof Carr has been collecting the memories of the community, which witnessed the music first-hand. The school children will recreate these memories via dramatic interpretations.
Alongside six other projects from around the UK, the initiative was chosen to be showcased at Senate House in London earlier this year.
October 5, 2017
Professor Paul Carr launched his book Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold with a series of events in Newcastle. The first event was with Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw on the tour bus Tyne Idols, where Professor Carr presented the book at the Gosforth Hotel. The official launch took place in the new Wallsend Library, in Sting’s hometown. Over the coming months, he is doing other talks in Newcastle, in addition to Bournemouth and Bristol University.