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Erica Roffe

Magazine editor & freelancer, Me in Bedford

Bedford isn't sh*t

PRESENTED ON SEP 27, 2016
IN ST NEOTS @ VOL 7

Since 2011, Erica Roffe has run a publishing and cultural events company that proves that Bedford definitely isn't sh*t. She tells us about the pride she has for her hometown and why that has inspired her to collaborate with other residents to build a thriving creative community.

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The Miami Rail

BY HUNTER BRAITHWAITE
@ VOL 22 ON JUL 30, 2013

Hunter Braithwaite introduces The Miami Rail, an art newspaper inspired by The Brooklyn Rail. The Brooklyn Rail is a newspaper that New Yorkers can read while on their daily train commute. It is passed between riders as they board and disembark the train. The Miami Rail has brought this unique idea to Miami.

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Filling Empty Shops in Bedford

BY ERICA ROFFE
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 07, 2013

Erica Roffe and a friend she met on Facebook wanted to find a way to fill some of the depressingly empty shops in Bedford. They held an Arts and Culture festival in 7 empty shops. From there things fell into place like dominoes and new businesses were soon setting up shop.

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Oxjam Bedford: Working Locally, Impacting Globally

BY JOHN FARROW
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

John Farrow tells the story of Oxjam Bedford, a movement that works locally but has global reach. The team of volunteers brings many events to Bedford, the highlight being a local music festival, whilst raising money for Oxfam. 

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From the Sonoran Desert to Bedford

BY KATRINA HASSAN
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 05, 2014

Katrina Hassan tells her story of moving to Bedford from the Sonoran Desert. Expect tales of monsoon deserts, punk grandmothers, marriage, upcycling, textiles, giant pinatas, rubbish jobs, excellent baking, a cute garden and a rocking baby.

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Luton Fun Palace

BY PAUL PIBWORTH
@ VOL 3 ON NOV 06, 2014

Artist Paul Pibworh shows us his experience of the Luton Fun Place. Games, music, and clowns shows that everyone is still a kid inside, given enough time to relax and remember what it meant to be a kid. Growing old is required, growing up is optional. 

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Playful Interventions

BY SIMON BEDFORD
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 16, 2014

Simon Bedford discusses the excitement that can be found at the Warwick Arts Centre. He begins by showing off the impact that interactive light sculptures, piano stairs, and speed limit lotteries can have on a community.

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Parenting the sh@t out of life!

BY ANNA WHITEHOUSE
@ VOL 13 ON APR 27, 2017

In 'Parenting the sh@t out of life!', Anna Whitehouse, or Mother Pukka tells us about her successes and failures of being a person who just happens to be a parent.

Anna calls on everyone to push boundaries, challenge the status quo, and encourages all parents to also parent the sh@t out of their lives too!

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The Bittersweet life of an Alternative Weekly Newspaper

BY TRICIA BATEMAN
@ VOL 24 ON AUG 17, 2017

Two and a half years ago, the former editors of the Metro Pulse along with a few kindred spirits set out to launch a newspaper. Yes, in the 21st century. Tricia Bateman, art director of the Knoxville Mercury, will walk you through what it was like and what they learned starting, maintaining, and ultimately closing a local weekly newspaper. 

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Titletown Phase 2 Includes Exciting Residential Options

BY AARON POPKEY
@ VOL 7 ON NOV 07, 2018

Aaron Popkey shares the vision for the Titletown area of Green Bay and how the team and the city are working together to build a vibrant community and destination in the front yard of the Green Bay Packers.