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04 APR


What are your Simple Pleasures?

Making something? Sharing a smile with a stranger? Eating an apple from a tree? Reading a bedtime story to your child? Coffee and the sunday papers in the sunshine? An impromptu picnic?

Tell us about your hobby, or a round up of the simple pleasures you enjoy, a cautionary tale about getting caught up in the rat race, reasons why we should slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life, or just simply a simple story.

[Like all our themes, this is intended as a prompt, inspiration or jumping off point - whatever the theme inspires for you, we want to hear about it! To sign up to speak, please get in touch via the 'Want to present?' link.]


Featured Presentation

In Coventry Music DIY from PechaKucha Night Coventry Vol. 26, Steve Weir coins the phrase "a Goldilocks City" to describe Coventry (not too big, not too small, just right) and goes on to describe how this makes it just about the perfect place to put on DIY music gigs. He also throws in a few top tips on how to choose venues (clue: make sure there's booze, toilets and friendly management)


Music Feeds My Soul

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

“When words fail music speaks.”

In "Music Feeds My Soul" from PechaKucha Night Coventry Vol. 27, a Soulful Singer Letitia George shares her story and deep passion for music. Letitia rose to the spotlight after featuring on series 4 of BBC 1's The Voice UK, where she became a member of Team Ricky and soared her way through to the knockout rounds. 


The ABCs of Deathsex

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

'Brandon Zapruder', long-term associate/biographer of Coventry's number one glam-garage sex-and-violence dreamboats/shipwrecks, Deathsex Bloodbath, tells their story in The ABCs of Deathsex. Expect the unexpected.


Freedom of Movement

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

In Freedom of MovementIan Whitehead revisits his experience of touring with his old art rock band Souvaris and how this was made possible by the EU freedom of movement legislation that is now under threat.


How did I get here?

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

In How did I get here?, Outreach officer and language teacher at the University of Warwick, Marie Diebolt, traces her musical journey from France to England. Looking at research in neuroscience, sociology and Education, she explores how getting lost in music builds our memories, our inner emotional landscape and helps us grow roots and write our personal stories.


Why I Photograph Musicians

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

"When you're a photographer, you have this tremendous responsibility, to show this person the best way you can, in a way that's authentic."

In Why I Photograph Musicians, from PechaKucha Night Coventry Vol. 27Rob Bridge explains why he spend hours, days, weeks and years traipsing from one end of the United Kingdom to the other to photograph musicians that you’ve probably never heard of…

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, January 23rd, 2017.


Music and Place: Considering Coventry & Detroit

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

In "Music and Place: Considering Coventry and Detroit", the artist Spencer Graham discusses his mild obsessions with self-imposed constraints, specificity and record collecting.


How Music Can Tell a Story

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

In How Music can Tell a Story, local act Laptop Philharmonic gives a whistle-stop tour of his album Craniotomy. Hear about the experiences with brain surgery that inspired the record and the musical structures and techniques he used to capture them in sound.


Lost In Music: The Doc Brown Trio play their shortest ever gig featuring a hand picked selection of twenty classic tunes

@ VOL 27 ON OCT 04, 2016

In "Lost In Music", The Doc Brown Trio (feat.singer songwriter Wes Finch) play their shortest ever gig featuring a hand picked selection of twenty classic tunes.



Anyone up for a bit of Crowdsourcing?

We like to pick an open theme as the title for each event as a way of giving some kind of distinctively different character to each evening. The idea is that the themes are enticing for our audience, but crucially, they are also open enough for potential speakers to interpret in lots and lots of different ways.
2016's themes have been pretty good. We set them all in December 2015 when we booked the dates in, starting our rough pattern of 'every first Tuesday of every second month' for our Pecha Kucha Nights.
In case you can't remember, this year we've had 'Lost in Music' (just last Tuesday!), which we think was a particularly successful theme because it allowed for a really wide range of interpretations from speakers such as artist Spencer Graham who told us about collecting CDs which have 'Coventry' in the title, to Sam telling us about how he tried to explore and portray the process of his brain surgery through his music, to an ingenious 20 x 20  actual musical gig (no words at all!) from the Doc Brown Trio.
Also this year we have had 'My Favourite Things', 'My City of Culture' and, coming up in December, 'All I want for Christmas is...' which we hope will spark serious and frivolous presentations in equal measure (if you fancy presenting, please get in touch!).
So, this brings me to you - we need to start thinking of some good themes to use as the titles for the next yearsworth of PKs and we thought it might be worth crowdsourcing some of these - we know our audience is super smart and friendly and supportive so we figure you probably have some good ideas, no?
So far the list of possibilities (below) is short and not altogether inspiring - PLEASE HELP!
- A touch of class
- This is Coventry
- Simple Pleasures
You can email or tweet your title suggestions to @PKN_Coventry. We'll arrange a prize for any we use, thanks!!

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About the City's Organizers

  • Janet Vaughan

    Artist and designer. One third of Talking Birds [t: @birdmail ] as well as @PKN_Coventry. Interested in art-theatre-coventry-allotment-tech stuff. I also #Snap daily.

  • Dom Breadmore

    Digital Media Artist // Creative Technology // Education // Research // @ludicrooms // Married daddy to two girls.

  • Richard Harrison

    'He's a life enhancer' - @matthogan 'His talents and personal ethos are humbling' - @elegantsavages 'I'm your wife, put me in your bio' - @ShivHarrison

  • Paul O'Donnell

    I am a Coventry based Theatre Maker and Creative Producer working on a number of projects which include Coventry's very own Shoot Festival, and my solo performances: So Far West, Nothing! and One Thing On His Mime.