Co-founders Paul Hurley and Caleb Parkin are experienced facilitators and practitioners, who have worked across a range of academic, art and media institutions. Individually and together they have created collaborative and bespoke workshops and training for diverse clients. They work with Universities and research institutes who recognise the benefit of empowering their researchers, students and employees to communicate more vividly about their work – to themselves, one another, funders, and to the wider public.
Word Rocket’s participatory approach uncovers the rich potential in reframing the language of research through creative and reflective activities. It aims to equip researchers with divergent thinking skills for their work and wellbeing, to imagine new audiences and interdisciplinary contexts, and to develop more accessible ways of communicating.
Caleb Parkin has carried out workshops and public engagement with organisations including The University of Bristol Centre for Public Engagement and Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions fellowship, The University of Southampton ESRC DTC, SusTrans Cymru, Bristol Natural History Consortium, Einstein’s Garden at Green Man Festival, Towersey Festival, The Hepworth Gallery Wakefield, East Street Arts (Leeds), Keystones Mental Health Support, Off The Record Bristol, The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), Knowle West Media Centre, and Creative Youth Network.
Caleb worked for a number of years in Radio and TV at the BBC on programmes such as Time Shift, With Great Pleasure, features such as this one, and various others. He was a freelance writer and reporter for Research Media – absorbing, interpreting and editorialising subjects ranging from ofMRI to Antarctic abyss exploration. He moved into alternative education, before undertaking postgraduate study in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. He is the Membership Secretary for Lapidus: The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation, and is currently organising the organisation’s annual conference.
Dr Paul Hurley works across arts and academia, collaborating with artists, researchers, citizens and community organisations. He has worked across subjects as diverse as food, technology and hand hygiene, in projects funded by AHRC, Connected Communities, ESPRC, ESRC and local government. As an artist, he has exhibited and performed widely internationally, and as a writer has published in academic journals, books and for science and cultural magazines. Paul is currently Senior Research Fellow in Geography and Environment at Southampton, Associate Lecturer in Visual Culture at University of the West of England, and a Lead Artist on The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing, at Knowle West Media Centre.
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