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Links Round-up 4th-5th Feb: Words, Pictures, and Seasonal Cakes

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If this week has had any theme to it, it’s been a mix of Valentine’s day happenings and futurological musings. I’m pleased to say that the theme neatly continues today, with another fantastic idea for that special someone in your life (or possibly just yourself, if you enjoy treats). That idea comes courtesy of Star Bakery, a relatively new Nottingham business run by baker Liana Stevens. It’s also the first bakery I’ve known to have a blog, but I’m glad it does, since there are umpteen delicious looking morsels on display. As well as being a great way to make yourself hungry of a Friday lunchtime, it’s also an excellent example of how really making use of the social networking tools we have available can also make a difference to the money in your pocket. Says Liana:

I am currently ploughing a LOT of time into social media marketing i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr… January was far busier than I ever expected it to be. I always knew people loved cupcakes but on average I get about 2 calls a day enquiring about placing an order so it seems Star Bakery’s name is really getting out there in Notts.

Great work Liana, and remember to check out the Valentine’s Day gift ideas she has available. Don’t forget to check out Creative Nottingham’s Twitter and Facebook pages too!! Other things happening:

  • A writing workshop next Saturday 13th Feb, run by Adrian Reynolds, winner of a Times screenwriting competition and the name behind screenwriting blog
  • That most interesting shop, Shop, have studio spaces available! Rates seem very reasonable at £120pcm and include bills, so if you’ve been after a space to call your own, get in touch
  • Stepping marginally outside our borders, there’s an intriguing event going down in Mansfield later this month.  The Ingenuity Creative Exchange is a chance to see what’s being developed behind the normally closed doors of Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby. It’s mostly technology-focussed, with a view to creative application. Think RED cameras, 3D visualisation, augmented reality and the like. 26th Feb, 08:30, at the Lindhurst Rooms, Mansfield Civic Centre
  • Nottingham Council has okayed an Art in Empty Spaces project. The Dunkirk & Lenton Partnership Forum are overseeing it and are looking to find artists and volunteers to fill the vacant unit in Church Square, Lenton. The first meeting about it will be held at the Crocus Cafe at 11am on 11th Feb. To find out more, 0115 941 9525 or email here
  • While we’re on the subject of council-endorsed projects, it may be worth checking out the Young Creative Awards 2010. Set up in conjunction with One Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, the awards celebrate the creativity of young people aged 14-22 in Nottingham. There are plenty of categories so whatever you do (as long as you’re not over the hill, like us…) check it out!
  • Finally, if you’re single and sick of all this Valentine’s mush, tickle your funny bone by attending MissImp’s latest comedy improv. 8pm Friday 26th Feb at The Arts Organisation, £3 entry.