Happy birthday, The Conversation.  It’s with some envy that I’ve watched you grow and I applaud your success to date.  Had you been conceived earlier, I’d be on your side of the fence – as a writer –  not just as a reader.  But I left academia just before you started and, try as I might, I can’t get an academic email address back so I can write for you.  So here I am, writing for me, to you.  You’ve done very well so far, especially for a 6yo.  But there’s much for you to learn.  Let me explain.Read More »


Pt Fairy ‘Folk’ Music Festival Has Changed Over 20 Years. Can It Survive?

I’ve been going to the Pt Fairy Folk Festival for 20 years now and enjoyed it every year.  After 40 years, the change of director this year (from Jamie McKew to Caroline Moore) resulted in quite a few incremental changes that generally seemed positive.  But it caused me to reflect on how the Festival has changed from the first one I attended some 20 years ago.  It shows how a good organisation can – and must – adapt over time to meet changing demands.  What have those changes been?  And are they enough for the festival to survive in an increasingly competitive festival market?Read More »