“We’re surrounded by cities,” Tor Byrnes says, in answering why Bournemouth often gets overlooked as a destination for live music. We Broke Free, the live music promotion agency set up and ran by Tor, grew out of her regular DJ night for indie music, itself held at 60 Million Postcards, which still functions as the central home for WBF.

Tor now sits on the Arts by the Sea council as their resident “indie child”, while still continuing to curate, book and run the WBF shows that take place either a...

September 16, 2017

For many years, Myriam San Marco didn’t write, wasn’t creating. From a Parisian, bohemian upbringing she was for the first time in a stable situation, finding herself somewhat unsure. It was not, she says, “how she saw herself.” Working at the time in social care, aiding those with issues of mental health, she was forming her own arts collective (Jericho) which sought to induce a variety of creative endeavours to those involved. Alongside recycled art and scavenger projects, one of her students...

We've had another explorer join the Bournemouth Scene team! We're very excited to introduce James Kramer. So James, start off by telling us a bit about yourself! 

My name is James Kramer, and for the past six years I’ve been living in Beijing. I’m a fiction writer, poet and of late, sort of general journalistic hack. My work can be found at Jameskramerfiction.com

Well, we are very pleased you chose Bournemouth after Beijing! What do you get up to here in Bournemouth? ...

We're a growing team of explorers at Bournemouth Scene. We're very excited to introduce to you our new fellow explorer - Marcia Moody! 

Marcia is going to be exploring Poole to report on the exciting things going on in the wider BH postcodes. 

Daisy went and had coffee with Marcia to find out a bit more about her love of Bournemouth and Poole. Here's how the conversation went! 

DC: Hi Marcia!

MM: Why hello! 

DC: So, let's cut to the chase, what inspired you to be a Bournemouth Scene Explore...

If you have been down to Churchill Gardens, Boscombe, in the last 2 years you may well have encountered some Pop Up Joy. 

The Joy Cafe, a pop up cafe that makes its home outside the Churchill Gardens youth hut, is now a frequent feature of the residential park and it really is bringing a smile to peoples faces. Founder Becky and her volunteers are out there rain or shine, and they together spend their time selling home made cakes, drinks and join in with the kids splashing in puddles (if it’s rai...

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