A full list of workshops, panel members and keynotes will be confirmed 
in the near future, 
please check this page at a later date
in the meantime...confirmed key notes include

Bernadette & Paul Burbridge are General Manager and the Artistic Director of Riding Lights Theatre one of the UK’s most productive and long-established independent theatre companies. Founded in York 40 years ago, with the aim of creating unforgettable, entertaining theatre in response to current issues and the hopes and fears of the world we share.


their contribution has a very practical focus on how to give birth to, create, develop and fund small theatre projects that will engage audiences and gain impact.



Sculptor Sarah Smith http://www.sarahsmith.org.uk



“My sculptures express a fascination for what is underneath, what is hidden and what can be revealed both in a literal sense but also in relation to the human spirit.”

Sarah Smith was born in 1965 in Yorkshire and studied figurative art for many years including full-time study at The Elizabeth Frink School of Figurative Sculpture and a year of stone carving in Northern Italy. In 2005 Sarah returned to live in the distinctive limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, bordering The Forest of Bowland and the Lake District. Her talk will focus on imagination and intuition.

Each year our “in progress” session are chaired by a panel whose expertise includes narrative, creative, arts-based research, performative social science, storytelling, 

IMG_0362Kim Etherington emeritus professor from the University of Bristol where she worked in a part time capacity since 1992 while also working freelance as an EMDR therapist, counsellor, supervisor, consultant and trainer in voluntary and statutory organisations.

She was awarded a Fellowship from the British Association for Counselling (BACP) in 2007, and is author of six books including, Trauma, Drug Misuse & Transforming Identities: A life story approach; Becoming a Reflexive Researcher: Using Our Selves in Research, and Trauma, the Body & Transformation.

Kim has taught nationally and internationally on topics related to reflexivity, narrative inquiry, trauma, abuse and health.


 David Carless is a professor of narrative psychology in the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Beckett University. His professional background spans physical education, health and the performing arts. David’s performative and arts-based research methodologies has informed over 50 journal articles and book chapters; several commissioned evaluations and research projects; invited lectures and seminars; conference papers and keynotes; audio CDs; and live performances. David is co-author (with Kitrina Douglas) of Sport and physical activity for mental health and Life story research in sport: Understanding the experiences of elite and professional athletes through narrative and is co producer of Qualitative Conversations http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkWCTy8bNOY6JlvX_yg-Uig


Delia Muir was one of three individuals chosen to receive  prestigious Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships in 2015. The Fellowships explore new ways of thinking about science and its wider cultural contexts, including poetry, visual art, performance, surgical simulation, citizen science and TV presenting and additionally explore the potential public engagement for improving in health through social engagement and inclusion.