Photo by Xavier Clarke
Photo by Xavier Clarke

Open Session 1


The first Open Session was held on Wednesday 25 October:

Led by Lighthouse’s Associate Artistic Director and influential Grime DJ and producer Elijah, our speakers discussed how they got started in their selected fields, and shared their career-defining moments.

Hugh Garry, Director of Storythings, a content studio that has been helping clients build stories and engage audiences for over 20 years. Hugh was previously a senior producer at the BBC, specialising in audio and music, with extensive experience producing podcasts. Hugh has a background in the music industry and was formerly a DJ, running club nights in the UK and Ibiza.

Photo: Quet Zal Maucci

Debris Stevenson, poet, spoken word performer, dancer, and founder of the touring company Mouthy Poets. Beginning her career in poetry, as a way to navigate her dyslexia, Debris has been vocal about the limitations of the UK education system. Debris has been published by Louis Vuitton, Oxford University, Holland Park Press and has featured on BBC Radio’s The Verb. Touring her work across the globe, Debris is interested in how poetry can help those navigating their identity through race, education, sexuality, disability and mental health.


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