Artists 2013

Vita Nova Artists 

Simon McCormack – Vita Nova Writer in Residence

Simon McCormack is writer-in-residence at Vita Nova. He graduated, with distinction, as an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2012. He is co-editor of Boscombe Revolution. His poems have appeared in magazines including Poetry Review, New Walk, Under the Radar, and he was showcased in Magma. Simon also lectures at Bath Spa University.

The Fridge – Actors

Charmaine Szecowka – Nita
Lee Hart – Glads
Gary Pierre – Ash

Jane Cartwright – Vita Nova Artistic Associate

Jane is a poet, storyteller and spoken word performer now based in Bournemouth. She has been working with Vita Nova for over five years. Jane’s life took many twists and turns and after 28 years of drug addiction and alcoholism arrived in a Rehab.

She is a mother, widow and a voracious lover. Jane is Dual Diagnosis and has been in and out of the Mental Health System most of her life. She is a survivor and writes hard-hitting, honest grit-lit for page and stage. Jane has had her work published in the Clean anthology and performed at Festivals, Charity Events a Psychiatrists Convention, the Royal Opera House and in her local manor.

Paul Hawkins – Vita Nova Artistic Associate

Paul is a poet, writer and storyteller. He’s been interested in alternative culture and music, protest and survival for as long as we can remember. Along the way he has been many things, including; punk, squatter, tour manager, musician, improvisor, collaborator and a manager of an Elvis Presley impersonator. He studied the art of sleeping standing up and drinking lying down with nearly disastarous consequences. At our last count he has moved on average every eleven months, but only ever owned one tent.

He curates a locative storytelling project called Untold Boscombe and co-edits the poetry pamphlet Boscombe Revolution with Simon McCormack. He has performed his work at The Royal Opera House, Womad, The Shelley Theatre and other venues across the south-west. His publishing credits include Fit to Work: Poets Against ATOS, The Occupy Wall Street Anthology, Primal Urge, London Lit Project, The Bath Lit Festival, Museum of Alcohol, Verba Vitae, M58 and Lit Kicks. Paul is now based in Bournemouth and is an associate artist of Vita Nova.

Gail Cecil – Vita Nova Writer

Gail is a writer and spoken word artist. Her piece ‘Pause. Please. Rewind the Tape’ has been specially selected for the festival and is being produced by by 612media with support from ‘Lit Up’.

Guest Artists

Doppelganger Productions

Doppelganger Productions is a new not-for-profit theatre company based in Bournemouth. We specifically produce innovative new writing and stage new work by emerging and established playwrights with a focus on Dorset-based writers. We aim to create a vibrant theatre culture in Bournemouth and to present our work to audiences nationally and internationally.

Based in Bournemouth, we are the resident theatre company of The Winchester Arts Pub which is a fringe theatre venue. We have performed at the Allesbrook Theatre of Bournemouth University, the Lighthouse Poole,  Regent’s College London and the Charing Cross Theatre London. We have been staging plays in the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival since its year of inception in 2011 with the support of Arts Bournemouth and Bournemouth University. In autumn 2012 we mounted our first Comedy Festival which we aim to make an annual event. 

Theresa Bruno

Theresa Bruno (b. London 1988) studied at WCA (UAL), currently lives in Bournemouth and works in Bournemouth/London. She is associate director of SIX project space, Boscombe. Previous group exhibitions include ‘Froute’ (2013) SIX project space, Bournemouth, ‘Synesthesia’ (2013) LUSH, Kings Road Chelsea, ‘The Aprocralypse‘ (2012), Limoncello, London, ‘Try outs’ (2012) The Downstairs Gallery, Hereford. She curated ‘The Artist’ Hatchspace Deptford (2012) and has written for Jotta (2011)

Theresa Bruno is a conceptual artist who works predominantly with found phenomenon. Her practice is primarily engaged with appropriation; using choice as a tool for signification. Academically based in sculpture she has recently diversified her methodology by experimenting with both performance and film. She uses aesthetic simplicity to explore majestic subjects; order and colour mixed with wit and humour act as signatures of her artistic authorship. Contextually she associates herself with Pop and Conceptualism. She is active beyond making using writing and curating as methods of further exploring artistic discourse.


Bournemouth based film and photography company.


Untapped are an arts organisation working with vulnerable community groups to help them to realise their creative potential. They are supporting the photography exhibition as part of the festival.

Workshop Leaders

Nell Leyson – Vita Nova Creative Associate

Nell Leyshon’s first novel, Black Dirt, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth prize. Her plays include Comfort me with Apples, which won an Evening Standard Award, and Bedlam, which was the first play written by a woman for Shakespeare’s Globe. She writes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and won the Richard Imison Award for her first radio play. Nell was born in Glastonbury and lives in Dorset.

Andrew McCutchion – Vita Nova Associate Artist (music)

Andrew McCutchion is a musician and composer/arranger, he works extensively as an accompanist/arranger in all fields including classical, choral, instrumental, vocal and jazz. He specialises in working with those who have issues of addiction, LD and those looking to find a voice through creativity. He is also the pianist for the Russell Cotes Museum.

Recent compositions/arrangements include work for Vita Nova, Butterfly Foundation, Crumbs and Bourne Spring Choir.

Dave Walker – Vita Nova Project Worker

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