Thursday July 18th at the Signal Pub Forest Hill
       
     
The Fandangoe Kid: Word up and connect wide
       
     
Cat Bateman: Motherhood made me do it
       
     
Ricky Nuttall: Progressing through the power of poetry
       
     
Thursday July 18th at the Signal Pub Forest Hill
       
     
Thursday July 18th at the Signal Pub Forest Hill

We are busy curating a night around our theme. If you or anyone else you know is interested in FFeaturing with us for this event or a FFuture event please email us: featuredfifteen@gmail.com we look FForward to hearing from you!

We will be holding this event at The Signal Pub in Forest Hill on Thursday 18th July at 7pm.

The Fandangoe Kid: Word up and connect wide
       
     
The Fandangoe Kid: Word up and connect wide

Welcoming back Annie - The Fandangoe Kid!!

The Fandangoe Kid is a print artist who makes large scale narrative driven installations. Her work seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters, predominantly death and traumatic loss, mental health and gender constructs. 

She has created work for a broad range of purposes from the Turner Prize in Hull 2017, Bristol University, Brooklyn Industries to WAH Nails, always seeking to uphold integrity in her message.

Having lost almost all of her family in NYC in 2011, Annie's work seeks to create a platform for open conversation about typically taboo subject matters.

She has worked with young people in Hackney for over 10 years, setting up an Art and Design Department in a brand new school in the neighbourhood, her remit being to encourage young people from all backgrounds to know themselves better through their creative practice.

Cat Bateman: Motherhood made me do it
       
     
Cat Bateman: Motherhood made me do it

Cat Bateman – as with all us humans these days, she has several hats: she uses nursery-rhymes to bring exhausted Mammas in her local community together; employs her small platform in the social media community to spread the word about Type 1 Diabetes, the complicated, life-long condition that requires a strong element of control. Cat is also a singer-songwriter nearing the end of recording an album of her own songs and will perform a couple to round off her 15 minutes.

Cat lives in Sydenham with her husband and two very-full-of-energy boys. She has been running her small business, little folk nursery rhymes for 7 years in the local community sharing joyful sing-songs, accompanied by her guitar, with anyone who will listen. Her eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 5, it has had an element of control over his life ever since, he is now 12. And whenever she can crow-bar it in, she works on writing songs and playing at open-mics.

Post becoming a Mum, Cat discovered a very strong community in the Mum-world and saw how everyone really pulls together when experiencing common issues – namely the exhaustion of motherhood! And though starting her small business with the aim of earning a few pennies around her kids, she quickly saw how new mums formed a bond with each other at her singing groups, this has been very special to her as she clearly remembers how tough and isolating those first few months can feel sometimes. She believes strongly in the power of music and singing to make people feel better and firmly believes that little ones learn so much through these fairly innocuous songs. As time has gone on, Cat is thrilled to have also stepped into other hugely supportive & thriving communities, namely Small Business, Instagram & Music. Talking a little bit about what it’s like being in these communities with a view to hopefully making other Mammas (and Pappas!) with a spark of an idea take the leap of faith – as she was inspired to by other women that were on her radar at the time of set-up. Tipping her hat to our CONTROL theme, Cat wants to share the journey her family has been on since the diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes came into their lives – bit of myth busting and sharing symptoms to look out for – having an element of control over this condition is key to not letting it run, or indeed ruin, her lad’s life.

Cat and her incredible many strings can be FFound here:

Website: www.littlefolknurseryrhymes.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/littlefolknurseryrhymes
Instagram: @littlefolksing
Facebook: little folk nursery rhymes
Twitter: @littlefolksing

SINGER-SONGWRITER
Website: www.catlawless.com
Instagram: @cat__lawless

MUM TO TYPE 1 BATTLER
You will find these websites very useful if you want to find out more about this condition:
Websiter: www.jdrf.org
Website: www.diabetes.org.uk

Ricky Nuttall: Progressing through the power of poetry
       
     
Ricky Nuttall: Progressing through the power of poetry

My name is Ricky Nuttall. I'm 38 and a London Firefighter. I work at a specialist rescue station and as such my role and skill set is very broad.

I spoke here just over a year ago about a specific work incident which I will touch on again but this time around I will be talking about mental health.

There is still a huge stigma attached to talking about mental health, especially as a man in a "manly" job.

I will be speaking about my abusive childhood, my own breakdown, my struggle with alcohol and drugs. The breakdown of my relationship and how I used poetry to self counsel through it all.

I will also be talking about finding love and my recovery. Mental health is the most important health. It runs or ruins everything. It's high time we realised this and high time we took action.