As one rather eager founding member of Children's Media Network Scotland, excited at the prospect of both attending the first ever BAFTA Children's Question time in Scotland and getting the chance to put names to faces of the newly signed up CMNS directory entries, I was maybe a bit too keen to locate the BAFTA event as I mounted the golden staircase of The Corinthian Club, Glasgow, on Thursday 14th May. So much so, that along with the first founding member Mick Cooke (the other being Steve Scott who was in Canada enjoying the Rocky mountains at the time) we found ourselves blindly walking into what we thought was the BAFTA venue, straight past a desk full of dental implants and false teeth (oblivious) and sitting ourselves down to a screen full of gnashers, not of the Beano variety! Looking around we very quickly realised this was not the panel for the BAFTA QT and made a hasty exit in search of the correct venue.
Quite a hilarious start to the night, but apt too since our new CMNS website page boasts a wonderful picture of the real Gnasher himself!
How easy it is to take a wrong turning and end up in the wrong place. I'm so glad I didn't miss the event. I felt that the night at the Corinthian was the start of an exciting brand new journey for children's media in Scotland and a case of being in the right place at the right time. Hopefully you felt the same.
Our huge thanks must go to the Question Time panel for contributing so informatively and to Lisa Prime and Jude MacLaverty from BAFTA for organising this event. The evening gave us much to think about and hopefully challenged us to make the most of the opportunities facing us in Scotland whilst inspiring us to become even more creative in overcoming any obstacles we might face. Here's hoping for another return event soon, there have already been suggestions made.
With the CMNS hat on, apologies to those who we maybe didn't get a chance to talk with afterwards and to any who didn't get to mingle with the people they wanted to mingle with. Generally though it seemed a great opportunity to meet up and to hear a little about each other's take on the children's media industry in Scotland ... to hear what you're up to, the struggles you are facing but also your encouragements and your hopes for the future. It was great to meet those new to the industry and those with many years of experience.
The general consensus seemed to be that we need events like this to spur each other on, pick each other's brains and to possibly look at ways of collaborating in the future. The potential is there and hopefully the months to come will be a chance for things to happen. There are some more dates for your diary below. Meanwhile if you are out and about at any other conferences over the summer months, please drop us a line; we would love to hear your take on events and share it with others via the website.
Have a great summer and hopefully see you again soon!