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Season 3 – It’s Good To Be Back

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Last week saw my return to the Kynren project and indeed the Kynren site, for my first session of Season 3: Camp Kynren.

It will come as no surprise to many that I’m delighted to be returning back to the project.

It feels like home.

I don’t know how quite to describe the feeling you feel each and every time you enter the Kynren site.

It feels special, because it is special.

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Walking across the Eleven Arches of the viaduct seperating Bishop Auckland’s town centre, is the outstanding sight of Kynren, in all it’s majestic awe.

Flashbacks hit, wave after wave, memory after memory.

From the Construction of the site back at the very start, the rain, the floods, the thick wet mud, that seemed to be everywhere because it was.

Watching the transformation take place day by day, week by week from across the river, or high above the site we all watched from afar.

And boy it developed, and has since delivered, it seems ridiculous and unimaginable that we are heading into Season 3 already.

The time has flown by, but time does when you’re having the time of your lives.

Reflecting back it’s been a ride, a ride of great proportions, a ride of rich experiences.

Self development and a confidence builder.

It’s seen many friendships start, blossom, and grow into treasures.

Outside looking in, each one of us can look at the Kynren project and see how it’s grown and developed, but for me, a volunteer, it really does show how much I’ve developed too.

I simply can’t think back in any real detail on how it used to be, or maybe I can, but choose to keep looking forward.

I’ve changed as a person, I’m more socially aware now, I was always active and engaging, but I feel I have developed more of an understanding for many situations, scenarios and people now.

I understand volunteering more, and I appreciate everything that is and can be.

Walking across the car park last week and watching all the cars come in, wave after wave, it brought a flashback.

Back to the days of the first general rehearsals, the wide eyed smiles, the laughter, the friendliness of each volunteer, keen to meet up once again and play their part in delivering an outstanding summer of shows.

Camp Kynren I’ve done before, I participated in something similar last year.

It’s more of an induction and information session than anything else.

A time to collect your passes, to provide any outstanding information, and to learn more about the overall objectives of the project in the year to come.

The best part of it is engaging and picking up where you last left off with many of the volunteers you may not have seen for awhile.

Or meeting brand new volunteers or existing volunteers for the very first time.

Kynren holds two elements.

The epic show that develops year on year and each and every volunteer can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in season 3.

And the volunteers circle, a group, but more like a family, of which we can all be proud of each other’s personal achievements.

Once you volunteer, you’ll feel part of something unique, something special, something that you belong too, and something to be proud of.

And there’s still time to become involved and play your part in a Summer that you will treasure forever and never forget.

This Wednesday 17th January, sees the final open call session in preparation for Season 3.

It’s your chance to come and have a look and see what it is all about for yourselves.

To speak to fellow volunteers.

To feel the same magic that I and many other volunteers feel when you arrive each time to the site.

If your interested, full details regarding Wednesday’s Open Call can be found in this link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1723378124361154/?ti=icl

It will be great to see you and welcome you all to the project, there is a wide range of options of roles to become a part of too.

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For me, as mentioned in my last blog article, I’ll be back into the cast, show team 7 this year.

Hoping to pick back up where I left off last year, and to create many more memories and take part in many more wonderful experiences, to not only live and breathe them but to share my emotions throughout each stage within this blog going forward.

It’s great to be back!!!

To find out more information on volunteering for Season 3 or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website:

http://www.elevenarches.org

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to volunteer on the project please visit my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/posts/

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Season 2 to Season 3

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It’s Christmas Eve and it seems appropriate to write a new article now.

For many the Christmas period represents ‘family’ and ‘togetherness’ and the same words hold the same passion within the volunteers circle of the Kynren ‘Archers’

So I’d like to wish a warm and Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to each and every one.

And always raising a glass to those Archers who are no longer with us on our unbelievable Kynren journey ahead.

So Kynren…

It’s been a funny year for me in regards to this project.

What started my year in hope and anticipation came to a stop or more just a pause in April, when I sadly decided to take a break and walk away from the project.

In that time I’ve reflected a lot, I’ve witnessed the project now both inside out and outside in.

And it continues to play a huge part in our daily lives and leaves a huge hole when it’s out of season too.

I didn’t know how I would feel leaving a project that has grown to become a huge part of my life, a passion, a love.

For me, it was timely, I needed to go, I needed to recover, and I’m now returning back, just like I was before but stronger, and better.

I may not have been directly involved in Season 2 during 2017, but it still holds a lot of good memories for me outside of it too.

I could well of been performing to thousands on stage in battles of combat, scene after scene throughout the epic ness of the show capitivating the watching audience as Kynren took them through a breathtaking show of British History.

But no that wasn’t to be for me this year, after all the many hours of rehearsals, the intricate choreography that was learnt by the cast including myself.

No last minute nerves before opening night.

No thoughts of what am I doing?

Am I ready?

Thinking you aren’t, but knowing you are.

No buzz pre show or after show.

And then, then it’s show time and time to deliver on everything that you have trained so hard for.

And then within a blink of an eye it’s over.

And then to witness and feel a spine tingling sensation of a standing ovation.

There was none of that for me.

What was Kynren for me?

This season, I achieved more than I thought I would setting into 2017, I hoped with all my heart I would be strong enough to go on and volunteer in season 2, but the best decision I made was walking away.

In this time I represented Kynren, I represented the ‘Archers’ and just as important if not more I took a step back and acknowledged myself and my self worth as I took to London to represent Kynren – My Experience at the UK Blog Awards as a National finalist at a ceremony at Westminster.

Something I will always look back on and be proud of.

To volunteer and represent in a project that allows you to discover once hidden passions and talents, to explore your creativity, to open up a mind full of possibilities and in doing so represent yourself in the best way possible, is what everyone hopes to live for.

To line up side by side with so many different people, from different ways of life, to different ages, different experiences and to become one, holding the same passion, the same ambition, the same drive, determination and belief that brought you to the project yourself is a true testament to what volunteering actually is all about.

It’s about working together for a common goal, it’s about enjoyment, and character building, it’s about giving back.

2018 sees my return, it’s something at a point I wasn’t sure if I’d do, if I was stronger I would never had left.

But I am back, returning this time to:

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Team 7 – back in the cast.

When I chose to volunteer back at Kynren for Season 3, I left what team that I would be joining back in the capable hands of the Eleven Arches team.

I always had a plan after Season 1, that I wanted to choose different teams each and every year and write from a different perspective of the show and the project, integrating and bonding with different teammates.

And that idea won’t change, but next year I get an opportunity to pick up where I left off and finally finish the chapters that I had first created and continue to tell my story from a cast’s point of view.

Heading into the new year, and it’s Season 3 already, it doesn’t seem real, remembering back through all the memories, and introductions that have been made since day one.

The friendships that have been made and still stand through a testament of time, truly represent a big part of what Kynren actually is.

Kynren means…

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And every single one of us are proud to be standing alongside each other, encouraging each other and celebrating in each other’s successes.

If you would like to join us and become a volunteer in many different aspects and roles of the project, the next session is on Wednesday 17th January, further information can be seen in the attached link.

http://elevenarches.org/get-involved/join-us

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to volunteer on the project please visit my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/posts/

 

 

 

Kynren Season 2

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As Kynren prepares itself for one last performance of Season 2, many of the Archers and volunteers will be sharing many memories that this season will have brought them.

For me, they bring many different flashbacks.

As you will have noticed I haven’t written many articles this season, no weekly episodes to watch out for, hopefully to become inspired by, and share in the emotions of the volunteers experience.

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Overall at times this season it’s been a hard watch personally, I’ve seen the show, but I haven’t come to write about it as yet, because quite frankly I can’t.

I’ve made no secret on why I left the Kynren project this year, I left for health reasons.

And for those that read these blog articles or follow my progress, the health reasons were down to being diagnosed with depression in November.

It’s been a long and painful process back, I often say depression strips you of your identity, your self belief and self worth, and whilst I tried to continue on in a project I love, I realised I had to walk away for no other reason but myself.

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Watching the show even though it’s still amazing and fantastic, and believe me it does go up levels in comparison to season 1.

So much so I have no doubt it will continue to go up levels in season 3 and 4 and so on.

How do I know this?

Because I completed all of the show team training before I made the painstaking decision to walk away.

I remember being in awe at each training session thinking how on earth are we going to do that?

How on earth am I going to do that?

But you just do.

Practice, practice, practice.

At Kynren you work alongside the very best.

Not only the very best combat trainers and the best choreographers.

But you work alongside only the very best teammates, teammates who once stood in your shoes, who  now have a wealth of experience from participating in the Kynren shows to help you along your journey, with guidance, tips, and lifting your confidence.

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Choreography that was first shown now sticks in your head, remembered and ready to perform, whatever the trainers have in mind for season 3, I have no doubt every Archer will deliver and be raring to get started.

So to the show and project itself, looking outside in, the volunteers have excelled themselves once again, I only found it difficult as I would have been lining up alongside each of them this season.

Knowing in certain scenes exactly where I would be positioned, and exactly what I would have been doing.

But the show itself it has changed, anyone that has seen it this season against last season will know that.

Kynren has added scenes, such as Boudicca.

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And the running layout of scenes has changed, even for a last season volunteer looking in certain directions thinking you know exactly what is about to happen, and being equally as surprised as the audience when something else does, leaving you high on anticipation and on the end of your seat.

The increase of volunteers on the stage makes every scene come even more to life than the first season, if that was possible at all.

If you have had the opportunity or the pleasure to attend this season, you certainly won’t have been heading home short changed.

So what will Season 3 bring?

Honestly I don’t know, but what I think it will bring is: More.

Each season it is delivering, aesthetically it is brilliant and will continue to be.

The pride and willingness of the volunteers make the project special, and that will long live in the memories of all.

And for me, I’m better, and recovered, i’m just waiting on confirmation to go back and do it all again, to pick up where I left off and carry on my journey of Kynren.

To continue to write about the project from the volunteers eyes, a side of the project that no one quite sees unless you join us.

A final note for now, as Kynren and Bishop Auckland head towards their final show of the season a flashback of mine from last year was this.

Heading into this moment last year I wanted to mark the season, to do something special, to share something that could be treasured and looked back on time and time again.

And then it dawned on me, I had already done it, each and every article that I had managed to write told another story, a story that you didn’t have to remember, as it was there for all to see in black and white.

Archers thank you to each of you past and present, with your commitment, loyalty and work ethic the project is looking in good shape heading into Season 3.

To the volunteers of Season 2, head into Saturday’s show just as you have done for the 16 before it.

Big smiles, big performances, take everything in, and most of all enjoy it, because these are the memories you will look back on for a lifetime.

To find out more information on volunteering for Season 3 or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website:

http://www.elevenarches.org

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to volunteer on the project please visit my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Kynren-Blog/posts/ 

 

Good Luck Archers

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Tonight marks the highly anticipated return of Kynren, in the first live public performance in front of the press.

Both local and national press will be in attendance, and it would come as no surprise if some were international too.

With television, radio, newspapers and bloggers in attendance, alongside what is also classed as a friends, family and local residents night, the excitement is already building on what will be another fantastic spectacle.

All the training is done, all the rehearsals too, and for the newer volunteers tonight marks the very start of their journey of a truly wonderful Summer.

They’ll be nerves, but they are good, it shows you that you care.

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I remember it all too well from this time last year, and without any question it will be something that I will miss this time around.

As documented through this blog over the last few entries, I reluctantly decided to take a break whilst I recover from my health reasons.

And to be honest it’s helped, as most people who know me, they have seen a development of change within me since becoming diagnosed with depression in November.

Although Kynren was a positive within my life, I needed to strip back everything to work on what would help me to get better.

I was even asked again this week if I was making a return as my progress has been so good.

But Season 2, will definitely pass me by, and for me personally, it’s still the correct decision, no matter how jealous I am of everyone who is participating in the project this season.

So what’s new in Season 2?

Lots, I did all of the training before I decided to take a break, and although I’m not going to reveal any details, all I will say is take note of everything going on, on the stage, and don’t blink otherwise you’ll definitely miss something.

“We went last year, why should we go back?”

Why should you go back? Because remember how much you loved it last year, remember how you’ve never seen anything like it before, live, in the North East of England, performed by volunteers, who do it for the love of the project, the love of the town, and the love of the people.

Remember the Experience team, the red jackets and the warm and inviting welcome.

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Remember the beautiful  wild flowers as you walked down our zigzagging pathway towards the village.

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Remember the exhilarating performance, the shivers on your neck, the lump in your throats.

Remember the look in your children’s eyes as they awed in the spectacle, and realised History and Performing Arts is cool.

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Remember the fireworks, the crashes, the bangs that topped off your night, and this image that rounded off a truly magical performance that long lives in your memories.

Remember it all, let yourself be taken back, back to the night that you witnessed Kynren, the envy of your friends, the envy of your family.

And book your tickets again to witness the best live show the UK will see again this Summer.

To find out more information or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website:

http://www.elevenarches.org

To read more about Kynren and what it is like to volunteer on the project please visit my Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/KynrenBlog/posts/

 

 

 

London and the Awards

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So I headed down to London for the ceremony of the UK Blog Awards 2017.

From my previous blog post, I spoke how winning although it would be nice, wasn’t the overall objective, the main objective of this whole experience was to raise further awareness of the Kynren project, and try and deliver as much exposure that I could.

And I’d like to say I definitely delivered in regards to that.

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So onboard we went heading to London, with no expectations, just to enjoy the whole experience, getting caught up in a moment of reflection and acknowledging my own personal accomplishments.

 

The realisation that I’d taken a blank piece of paper with an idea of writing down my experiences and recording them to a UK individual finalist all inside 12 months.

Even thinking about it now, it still doesn’t ring quite true.

So London, our capital city, the hustle and bustle, the landmarks, the tourists, even the weather, lots going on as always.

The awards were being held in a central location, just past Westminster bridge overlooking both Big Ben and the London Eye.

Armed with suits and sparkling shoes I was here, ready to represent Kynren one final time.

 

 

The awards themselves as expected was a lavish affair, paparazzi waiting to snap as car doors opened, me just casually walking in under the radar.

I was here and I was determined to enjoy it.

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I made a point of arriving on time, I wanted to take as much of the experience in as possible, and although arriving on time, several people had already arrived before me.

This wasn’t just a big opportunity to showcase and promote the Kynren project but it was a good opportunity to meet the industry’s best all under one roof, meeting new people and gaining new and valuable connections.

 

Amongst the many finalists, guests and judges were a number of sponsors showcasing their wares for all to see and become involved in on the evening.

The one that stood out for my blog was this;

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Which resulted in a long conversation with Odeon Cinemas regarding Kynren, in which I couldn’t resist playing them the Kynren trailer from my phone and informing them that their is ‘Only one Arthur when Kynren is in town’.

 

With waiting staff aplenty the drinks were flowing, and quirky food samples based on a funfair theme too.

What’s not to like when you’re being offered beer, mini burgers, fish and chips, popcorn and pick and mix as just a small range of their offerings.

The awards were living up to its hype and more.

The room was a buzz of activity, hundreds of writers and bloggers coming together with hope and anticipation, that it could be them that picks up an award?

I met some truly talented and inspirational people in that room on that night, with potential collaborations to come in the future too.

So, to the main event, we got called into the main room to take our seats.

 

This was it, from just having a go, to here, this was it.

All the writing, all the support from readers and volunteers, all the promotional and media work I had organised and arranged, everything came down to this.

A National Award representing Kynren, representing Bishop Auckland, and most of all representing the Archers.

Win or lose, we do this together.

 

It was fantastic to see our project in the programme, it was fantastic just to be here.

My expectations weren’t high, I didn’t expect to win, I was the only event in an ‘Events and Weddings’ category, so the standard was high.

But it wasn’t about the winning, yeah it would be nice, of course it would, but I didn’t need my name to be called out for my own personal recognition to realise how far I’d come, how much I had already achieved, the original objectives I had well and truly smashed and delivered on.

This was the moment of truth.

The winner is…

 

Congratulations to Whisper and Blush

https://whisperandblush.com/

Totally deserved in my opinion, I had a look through my stiff competition within my category before attending the awards, and this particular blog stood out, well after mine of course.

I had the privilege of meeting the girls after they accepted their award, Melissa and Kate are so humble, yet so passionate about the articles they create, and are great ambassadors for the blogging community.

Whisper and Blush actually won this award last year too, but I’ve already told them that I aim to see them both again next year.

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The night was an unforgettable experience, one in which will long live in my memory.

Even thinking back on it now, the images above of a blank piece of paper, and a starting idea could of ever resulted in what I have achieved.

Thank you to the UK Blog Awards for creating this event, to recognise and acknowledge the talent of writers who do blog, on a wide range of different topics and subject matters.

Thank you for accepting me into your blogging community in which likeminded people come together each week on Twitter to discuss experiences and share advice on a wide range of stimulating questions within #BlogHour which you can’t not help to become more reassured, more confident and supported.

Thank you to the wide range of different writers, bloggers and Vloggers who each share in the same passions as you do, I hope to see you again at an event soon.

My next thank you goes to every single reader, and there has been many, from the UK to around the World, I hope you have found each article interesting and has reached out and encouraged you to come along to one of the performances.

For anyone who is just stumbling across these blog articles for the first time I hope you enjoy them.

But my final thank you has to be reserved for these guys.

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The Archers, the volunteers, where would we be without each other.

We all came together for the same reasons, many of us strangers, to becoming friends, best friends, but more than that now we are all a family.

We look out for and after our own, supportive and caring, we encourage our successes, and commiserate on disappointments.

But ultimately I will always be proud to have stood beside each and every one of you.

Season 2, Saturday 1st July, enjoy it as only Archers know how.

Good Luck to all, and I’ll see you on the other side.

 

Kynren Training Day

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I’ve been meaning to post a new blog for a number of weeks now, the next one was and really still is the awards night in April, that I still haven’t got around to finishing off.

I suppose I haven’t finished it or possibly not wanted to finish and post it, as it will be the last line drawn for me within my current Kynren adventure.

But it will be getting posted soon.

Season 2 is now only weeks away, and this year for anyone who regularly reads this blog, I have decided to take a break away from the project.

With different circumstances I’d still be there, I have no doubt or hesitation.

As a recap for anyone who may only be reading this for the first time, I chose with a heavy heart to walk away from something I very much loved, for a personal reason.

That personal reason was I had been diagnosed with depression in November, and no matter how much I tried and how much I wanted to continue, I knew I had to put myself and my health first.

Kynren was my saviour, it was my escape, it was something I could really focus on, a brilliant hobby as such too.

What the project did was introduce me to several different people who have helped to shape me.

Showing me that there is a lot more to volunteering than just giving up your time.

It’s not about the money and not being paid, it’s about the experience, the adventure, the smiles, the laughter, and most of all the memories you create.

During Season 1, I more than played my part, it’s something I have been able to reflect back on over the last couple of months and be really proud of my accomplishments and my achievements.

Kynren also introduced me to someone that would encourage me to write, and now it’s not just something I thought I’d have a go at, it’s a passion, it’s something I’m good at, it’s something I excel in.

And thanks to Helen I’ll always be eternally grateful.

And who knows what Season 3 may hold for me, this year is just a break but never a goodbye.

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So what’s Kynren like outside looking in?

Especially when you’ve witnessed inside looking out?

It’s different I must admit.

From a locals point of view there is still an overwhelming buzz throughout the volunteers, something that I was and still am a part of.

The bond that each Archer has for each other will never wain or never die.

There is a growing community, strengthening each passing day.

A great support network and strong camaraderie spreading throughout the towns and the county.

The volunteers have created that all on their own.

So today brings around another full day of training, I only know because hundreds of new friends volunteering at Kynren have and had told me.

And thesedays were some of my favourite days.

The chance to get back on site, surrounded by new friends and meeting new faces, working together to bring something new, something different, something that the town can be really proud of to Bishop Auckland.

Yes the days are long, the days can be tiresome, but the Kynren site holds a magical feel about it.

I’ve only experienced it before when I’ve been to Disneyland, but it’s something much more.

It’s more than that, because it’s in our town, it’s our project, it’s something we’ve helped to create and hundreds upon thousands will continue to create and share.

Bishop Auckland and Kynren is a place to come, in future years it will be a place to stay and explore too.

It’s something not only am I passionate about but very proud of too.

We’ve come a long way, and will continue to keep growing, developing and learning with it too.

Since I’ve now left the project lots of talk have been about what is going to happen with this blog?

As far as I’m aware it’s the only Kynren Blog that has been written and recorded for the world to read, and the world has been watching and reading too.

Since the UK Blog Awards, Kynren is a project on a different audiences lips, and it’s important to continue telling the story.

This story is about what Kynren is like from a volunteers perspective and that’s what I intend to do.

Sharing some of the volunteers stories of why and how they came to be involved and how the project has changed and helped them.

It also offers me a chance to write from a local residents point of view too, outside looking in.

Kynren Season 2 starts on Saturday 1st July running for 17 show dates, ending on Saturday 16th September.

For more information or to book your tickets please visit the Eleven Arches website:

http://www.elevenarches.org

 

UK Blog Awards 2017

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Well here we are, Friday 21st April, the long countdown since finding out back in January that I became a finalist in these National awards.

And it now all comes down to tonight.

In all honesty there are no nerves, or certainly no nerves at the moment, I’ve done everything that I can do.

The pressure is well and truly off, even if it was ever on in the first place.

I’m not going to lie, now the day is here, everyone wants to win it badly, everyone has hope, and everyone deserves it too, and I’m very much no different.

But will I win?

Probably not, and I know friends, family, fellow volunteers, have been trying to tell me I might, and yes I might, you just never know.

But in all honesty I feel in my heart and my head that it will come as a surprise, and for me an unexpected, but welcome shock if it were to happen.

The objective of these awards has never been the recognition, but has been totally humbling to receive it in the process, one I thank every person who had taken the time to vote for.

One thing some won’t know, I mentioned last weekend, I have got depression, when I first entered these awards I did it for two reasons.

One to raise more exposure for the Kynren project and to hopefully attract more visitors to Bishop Auckland.

That’s always been my primary objective, and I already know that I’ve achieved that target.

The promotion work I’ve done over the last 4 months has been second to none.

Not has it been very important to promote the Kynren project, alongside myself, but it has been important to me to help, support and promote the UK Blog Awards and build up further awareness of them too.

I head to London today knowing that the impact I’ve made with regular promotion, radio and television interviews have placed me in a position that might just trigger that all important reactions tonight of:

‘What is Kynren?’

And as volunteers we already know that when each of these individuals type in their search bars on Google, the word ‘Kynren’ and watch the preview video of last year’s show they cannot fail to be impressed, because as the title goes it is Epic.

If you’ve not heard about it before, click here: https://www.facebook.com/Elevenarches/videos/1227949433938702/

Prepare to have you minds blown, with a fantastic spectacle before your own eyes, brought to you by hundreds of volunteers, let the music capture your attention and enjoy our journey.

The 1,500 strong volunteers can’t wait to welcome you and deliver 17 stunning performances this Summer.

The second point I’d like to talk about is me, not this blog, not the Kynren project, not the promotion, not the awards, just me.

What a lot of people won’t be aware of, as mentioned above I have depression, I don’t hide behind it, one of the most important steps that I acknowledge has been the process of being honest with myself and open to everyone, and to not hide behind it any longer.

When I entered these awards, it came about by chance, I’d just been diagnosed with depression, I was in a low, dark depressional cycle, I happened to stumble upon it on a Google search.

On the day I searched it, the closing date for entries was the end of that week, I entered based on two reasons, the one above which I’ve described and quite frankly my real objective, but two, to try and give myself some focus, some clarity, something to concentrate on.

And it’s worked, I don’t need to win tonight, yes it would be nice, I’ll be high on emotions if I do, but I don’t need to have my name called out tonight, because I’ve far achieved all I ever needed too.

Both for the Kynren project and for my wellbeing.

Becoming a finalist has strengthened me, it’s reaffirmed that I can write, my content is good, I have an ability to put the reader in the words, and when they are reading they feel they are the ones living it.

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As the quote goes that’s exactly how I feel I write, lots of readers have commented the same too, it’s sparked an interest to learn more, some have gone on to volunteer, others have booked tickets, the important thing is I captured the attention of many people Worldwide who may not have heard about it.

If you are attending tonight, please ask me, that’s what I’m here for.

I’m now part of a blogging community, which is rich in talent, that is supportive and helpful, that is fun and meaningful, and tonight is a celebration of what this industry is all about.

Fast growing, impact hitting in all topics and overall extremely worthwhile for both the writer, the brands and the charitable causes too.

No matter what happens tonight, I’m here for the ride, I’m here for the experience, and to take it all in, I’m here to meet new friends and make plenty more in the process.

And a final note goes out to all the other 258 finalists, in all categories, Congratulations and the very best of luck, we are all deserving finalists but the real winner tonight is ‘Blogging’

Raising more awareness of the true impact it can offer in our society.

Good Luck and I’ll see you all tonight.