XpoNorth on the road - Kirkwall

08 March 2017

A packed day of panels, presentations and chat looking at how to make a success of your creative career.  This one day version of XPONORTH offers the chance to meet a range of industry specialists, look at a range of challenges and opportunities and put your own questions forward.


Helen Voce – Making it Here: running a successful international craft business from the Highlands and Islands
Helen Voce will discuss Melanie’s international career, covering her participation in high level shows, the development of her online training programme and international workshops.
Melanie Muir is an award winning contemporary jewellery designer and international teacher working in polymer. She is based in Moray but travels the world to share her techniques via classes and workshops. Melanie also exhibits her work nationally and internationally including SOFA Chicago and the London Design Fair.
Aimed at any form of craft business, or people working in textiles, the session also offers useful insights into running any small business from a rural location.

We are also offering Trends 121s with Fiona Chautard.
Designers can book up via the trends section on our website: (they need to request a login from Avril Souter ( People would also be able to book a 121 on the day (limited places)

Tristan Aitchison- Introduction to Editing with Final Cut Pro X
Learn the basics of editing and storytelling in this interactive, hands-on session.  Using the intuitive editing software Final Cut Pro X participants will get a brief introduction to the tips and tricks editors use to help tell a story and then edit their own 1 minute micro-documentary.  We’ll help you gain the confidence to begin editing your own projects whether on Final Cut or another editing platform.
Tristan Aitchison is a filmmaker and photographer from The Black Isle.  He has an interest in documenting social issues.  Tristan is currently in post-production of his debut feature documentary Sidney & Friends about the transgender and intersex community of Nairobi, Kenya.  He is Film Tutor at BFI Film Academy Highlands and Islands, nurturing the next generation of creative talent.

Russell McLean – Crime pays
What is the secret of good crime writing? Why does my novel keep getting rejected? What are editors, publishers and readers looking for? Join author, freelance editor and critic Russell D McLean as he discusses tips and tricks of the trade for making your crime novel as strong as possible. From practical advice on editing to understanding the breadth of the genre, and understanding how the genre has evolved from the golden era of Christie and Chandler to the modern age of Child and Rankin (And what you can learn from that evolution) this session will equip you to better understand not only the crime genre, but also the traps that many writers fall into when trying to advance their careers, and the best ways to deal with them.

Iain Hamilton (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) David Martin (Skill Development Scotland), Helena Ward (Creative  Scotland) Lorraine Thomson (Interface), Claire Kemp (Business Gateway); - What do you do?  A short introduction to what the different public sector agencies can do to help
There is a wealth of support and information available from the public sector, but sometimes it can be difficult to figure out exactly who does what.  This is your chance to get an overview of what a selection of the agencies can do to help.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Creative Scotland – Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Creative Scotland – Helena Ward,
Skill Development Scotland – David Martin, Key Sector Manager - Creative Industries
Interface – Lorraine,
Business Gateway-  Claire Kemp

Alex Howell – Working with commercial partners
RAWK Agency Founder and Group Account Director, Alex Howell, will discuss how creative businesses can attract brand partners for their projects. This interactive session will aim to offer an end-to-end perspective on the process, and look at the realities and growing opportunities for creative practitioners to forge collaborative relationships with commercial partners

Duncan McCrone and Nick Edwards – PRS for Music: Online Licensing and Royalty Tracking in an Ever-Changing Marketplace
PRS For Music will deliver a seminar offering an overview of online licensing and giving attendees a better understanding of how they can track and manage their royalties across an ever-increasing range of consumer platforms. This session will also aim to demystify these often fast-moving processes and discuss current and future challenges in this space. This presentation is not only important for those directly involved in music, but is also a must-attend for any creative using music across their various projects.

Duncan McCrone: Scottish Manager, PRS For Music
Nick Edwards: Digital Music Licensing manager, PRS For Music


All speakers are available for one to one meetings as well as Jeni Oliver (International Executive, Creative Industries), Iain Hamilton (HIE Head of Creative Industries).
Creative Industries Network managers, Alex Smith, and Kate Hooper will also be available for a chat.


For any queries about the programme and to book your time slot for a 1 to 1 with them, please email indicating who you would like to meet with and your preferred time.



Book your place here

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