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2017 Current Portfolio & Testimonials

May Gwanwyn Festival Creative W/kshops
Apr Poke the Muse Creative W/kshops TAPE Community Arts Centre
Mar Roald Dahl Centeniary w/kshop. Menter Iaith/Flintshire Libraries
       Active Storytime W/kshops. Communities First/Conwy Libraries
Feb Royal Cambrian Academy Open (2 pieces; 1 highly commended)
Jan Solo exhibitionTAPE Community Arts Centre

Ode to Joy Bodelwydden Hospital (2 pieces)
Wrexham Open (2 pieces)
Stiwdio Studio Helfa Gelf
Stiwdio Studio Movement and Light (2 pieces)

Solo Exhibition: Portrait of Bruce
A project funded by Arts Council Wales, supported by 
creative partners TAPE Community  Music and Film.
This project was a multimedia portrait, celebrating the talents of an extraordinary man and comprising film, drawing & prints of the subject, his own poetry, music and artwork.

Video of Opening


Current Residency: Pinboard Writers Mold.

I have been resident writer/tutor with Pinboard Writers since 2006, offering them ongoing support to share their work and develop skills, facilitating projects to showcase their work.

Commissioned Demonstrations and Drop-by workshops 

As part of events: festivals, fairs, markets and fund-raising events - bespoke workshops themed around the event to demonstrate and engagvisitorto take part in creative activities 

In service events 
This example is from a series of workshops with Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids leaders and workers giving them the opportunity to enjoy network whilst picking up new ideas for activities.

Participants were invited to play with a variety of wild, found and recycled materials that might be found in immediate or near environment.  The rationale for the workshop was to open discussion on the potential of boredom as a catalyst for creative thinking, proactivity and resourcefulness in play.  Starting from the premise that as children develop, their creative inclinations become inhibited by the need to produce rule-bound outcomes. 

Making Friends with Boredom

Event facilitating in partnership with Statutory and 3rd Sector orhganisations.  This writers fair created the opportunity for the public to meet and talk to authors and publishers and was organised in partnership with Denbighshire Library and Heritage Services.  Amongst writers attending were Caroline Ross, Gladys Mary Coles, Gareth Glyn Roberts, Elaine Walker, Sam Smith, Aled Lewis Evans, Judith Kazantzis, Irving Weinman, Helen Tookey , Jackie Davies, Daphne Percival, Thelma Hancock and a number of writing groups. 

Phil Thomas – Gwanwyn Festival Coordinator
Gwanwyn Festival first began working with writing groups and classes run by Dee Rivaz in 2008. The quality of work we have seen from these groups is a testament to the expertise, drive and enthusiasm that she brings to all that she does. Dee's own writing is of very high quality and we look forward to working with her and her group members in future festival activity.

Gladys Mary Coles Writer & Publisher
I enjoy working with Dee Rivaz as we are both enthusiastic about initiating new writing from both emerging writers and those with more experience. She is creative, supportive and very pleasant to work with as a co-tutor.

Lorna Jenner Countryside Writer & Publisher Countryside Consultant (Management plans and tourism strategies)& Heritage interpreter.
 Dee’s contribution to the launch events for my book and exhibition, ‘Liverpool to Loggerheads’ was invaluable. We wanted to involve the book’s contributors at the launch and provide a mechanism for obtaining feedback on the display. She was full of ideas and devised a postcard with a frame of evocative images on which contributors could write their thoughts. At the events, her warm manner with the guests was just right, gently encouraging them to put pen to paper and teasing out some touching memories. It was wonderful to return to the exhibition several weeks later to find the wall covered with closely written postcards. They have given us a lasting reminder of the project and a great basis for future work.

Fiona Collins, Storyteller
It is unusual to meet a writer with an affinity for spoken word storytelling but Dee is an exception and she has been really supportive of my work with traditional tales. She MCed an evening of 'Fibs and Fables', invited me to workshop on storytelling skills with her Writers' Group, and set up storytelling sessions running alongside craft skills workshops at Gronant Family Centre. Dee's love of language is evident both in her own work and in the delight which she takes equally in an elegant phrase or run of sheer nonsense. She is great fun to work with!

Members of writing groups:

Jenny Wardle Inspector/Advisor for Education, (Retired).

I have been attending Pinboard Writers for three years and Dee has been our tutor for all of this time. She is extremely skilled in the work that she does. Our meetings are always well planned, stimulating, thoroughly enjoyable and include a variety of activities, which develop and widen our writing expertise. A particular skill is her people awareness, she understands not only the stage at which members of the group are at, but also their confidence and writing ability and is able to draw out the less forthcoming members of the group whilst acknowledging and praising the work of others. I love working with Dee, have learnt so much; she makes me feel so good. I have no hesitation in recommending her.

Sheila Harper
I have known Dee Rivaz for a number of years; first as my tutor, when she ran a class funded by the local council, and now as Pinboard Writers residential tutor. She has been a constant in our collective progress as creative writers, and any improvement in our ability can be greatly attributed to her expertise. I would like to think she has also become a friend.

I have been a member of the "Pinboard" writing group for over a year now and Dee Rivaz has been the group`s tutor. She has provided a broad range of exercises which have been both stimulating and constructive covering poetry and prose. In addition it is a feature of our group that we read out work from our own personal writings. Dee has been able to offer advice on all aspects of our work in a friendly, sensitive and relaxed manner leading to a general improvement in the standard of our work.

Marlene Clarke
As a new member of the Pinboard writing group, I was rather nervous of contributing but Dee was gently encouraging and supportive. The writing exercises she set plus the guided read and feedback sessions soon had me feeling at ease and willing to contribute. I really value Dee’s presence in the group, she keeps us focused, sharp and gets our minds going in directions they wouldn’t normally go in. She challenges us in a supportive and brain stretching way! 

Robbie Burton Chairman and Stanza Rep Cross Border Poets, Flintshire 
Dee was very supportive when I expressed a desire to start up a Poetry Society Stanza, providing me with a long list of contacts and liaising with Clwyd Theatr Cymru regarding provision of a room. She also researched and obtained funding for three projects.  Dee acted as secretary for the stanza in its first twelve months of existence, and provided a prompt, helpful, courteous and proficient service. She has many creative skills, and is enthusiastic in promoting the benefits and pleasures of poetry.