Salon in Manchester succeeds

THE FREELANCE Salon in Manchester on 16 May was a success. Louise Bolotin, who did most of the work organising it, reports:

We had around 20 participants. Some came from outside Manchester Branch, which was encouraging, including Tony Adams who is chair of Birmingham and Coventry branch.

David Prior; © Louise Bolotin

David Prior speaks about his hyperlocal platform

We had four terrific speakers, including Hina Pandya, who spoke about e-books and also brought Peter Jukes with her. Peter spoke about the Byline crowdfunded platform for news.

David Prior came to talk about his hyperlocal venture Altrincham Today, which he's rolling out on a franchise basis - it's low level (about 10-12 hours a week) on a small patch and turns a decent profit.

Gary Cook; © Louise Bolotin

Gary Cook does performance photography

Our fourth speaker was photojournalist Garry Cook, who has branched out into performance photography and talked about tapping into theatre grants for spoken words events (of which there are very many in the north-west).

It was really lively, with lots of questions from a very engaged and inspired audience, plus lots of requests to do another one. My branch committee had direct feedback from two participants, and has also asked for another event.

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