Melanie Gow

Melanie Gow

Director, Film/theatre Journalist and Photographer (Still)

Windsor, United Kingdom

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September 2012
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About Melanie

I made a film, a micro-budget film back in the days when the studios went broke and the unions were disbanded in the UK. I was the first female British feature film director with a film in the cinema. It has been distributed internationally, shown in a handful of festivals and I still get the odd royalty from it 17 years later.

I had a child, well two but one was a sick child, I stayed home and got him better and spent 6 years researching what I had worked and wrote a book, Toasters Don't Roast Chickens, that was published in 2008 and had to be reprinted twice in the first two months.

I then opened an online arts and culture magazine with an arts centre, which I built to 200,000 a month over two years, I then opened dedicated to spolighting people working in arts and culture. I launched a Literary Dinner called the 14/4, the Royal Berkshire Poetry Competition, and put on music gigs - including the concept concert from my original idea, Kiss Me Goodbye. This brought together a rock band, a Catalonian violinist and a busker, and commissioned a contemporary ballet set to a poem and used photography over the top.

I have pulled together a book called Exposure, that matches 40 poems written by a poet, Jonathan Steffen, over his life time on the subject of love, and matched them with 40 different contemporary photographers around the world.

I work as a writer and photographer, and a digital artist.

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