Paisley poet to launch new radio show that will support and share the work of Renfrewshire creatives

A new radio show spotlighting the creative minds in Renfrewshire is being planned to hit the airwaves this autumn.

The project is the work of Dr Tawnya Senele Renelle and she wants to find all of the people in the area who are engaged in creative processes to chat about their work and methods.

Dr Renelle, who holds a doctorate in fine art from the University of Glasgow, recently moved to Paisley from Glasgow says she’s hoping others will follow in her footsteps and adopt Renfrewshire as their home rather than feeling compelled to go to Glasgow to satisfy their creative appetites.

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She said: “There’s such a long history in Paisley of art, and artists, and writers. And I think people want to have that again, to have a resurgence of it.”

Originally from Washington State, Dr Renelle has since established herself in Scotland as a creative writing expert. She is the founder of Beyond Form Creative Writing, which offers courses, mentoring, publications and events all dedicated to exploring experimental forms.

She is also a published poet. In May 2019, she published her poetry collection ‘this exquisite corpse’ with Calenture Press.

After being commissioned by Renfrewshire Council to write a series of blog posts for a website celebrating Paisley’s culture and heritage, thanks to the Great Place Scheme, funded by the national lottery heritage fund, Dr Renelle was invited to do an interview with Paisley Radio presenters. Following a successful interview, Dr Renelle was invited back to contribute again. Discussions with radio bosses led to the idea of hosting these weekly discussions with other creatives in the area.

The aim is for the radio project to build up the creative community in Renfrewshire and through collaboration and exposure via the radio shows, enhance the reputation of the bright minds here in Renfrewshire.

“The hope is to start with people who live in Renfrewshire or are from Renfrewshire. Maybe they’re living in Glasgow now, but they’re originally from Paisley. And we’ll start there, eventually, we may open it up outside of our council area. But we really do want to highlight what’s happening here.

“So once a week, I’ll be having a show that’s maybe an hour, hour and a half, where I’ll be interviewing, casually chatting with people about their artistic practice and what they do and why they do it,” explained Dr Renelle.

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She’s hoping people in Renfrewshire will reach out to her to get involved with the project. Anybody involved in creative processes is invited to get in touch with Dr Renelle via email on info@beyondformcreativewriting.com or via the Beyon Form website: beyondformcreativewriting.com/

“Anyone who’s creating anything, no matter what the medium is, we’re sort of in the same world trying to convey experience, trying to convey meaning to the world through an art form.” She added.

And the hope is that this won’t be the last project to come from Dr. Renelle, who’s awaiting funding to bring further initiatives to the area later in the year.

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Daily Record – Paisley