Making It Happen
I love making things happen and work as The Hawkridge Agency to run well-established UK poets’ readings and engagements, to manage innovative literary projects and to provide top writers with logistics and research for creative non fiction and radio programmes.
In 2010, I managed Simon Armitage’s attempt to walk the Pennine Way as a modern troubadour for his best-selling book Walking Home (2012). Imagine the fun of bartering everything needed for his 19 days over 256 miles with the communities en route – and all in return for his poetry! And then the joy of doing it all over again for Simon Armitage’s second walk along the northern SW Coast Path to Land’s End and the Scillies. Find out whether he made it in his new bestseller Walking Away (2015).
“without her creative intelligence, organisational aptitude and enduring patience, the walk would never have got beyond a dotted line along several unwieldy maps.”
Simon Armitage, Walking Away (Faber 2015)
More recently, I had a fascinating time working behind the scenes with Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts:
“we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Caroline Hawkridge. Caroline took our barely-formed plans and list of names and transformed them into itineraries. She told us who had what where. She got us through doors.”
Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts, Deaths of the Poets (Cape 2017)
I also loved working with former Cheshire Poet Laureate Joy Winkler on marketing her innovative verse/dramas TOWN (2013-14) and Lightning under their Skirts (2017) supported by Arts Council England. The latter was such a hit that the show sold out at 8 out of the 10 venues and received two fantastic reviews.
I have also volunteered my time extensively to support arts events. In 2008, I ran the Words on Film festival at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and received the Janet Beer Prize. I also helped to launch and/or develop audiences for community poetry projects such as Poets & Players (2004-11), Zest! (2005-08) and Fourpenny Circus (2009).
Photo: Barry Charles Hobson, used with permission.