Keep The Circus Diaries alive and high-kicking

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For the last 18 months or so I’ve found myself singing the same song whenever anyone asks how things are going. Good, but that I need to stop allowing this unpaid circus writing work to be such a drain on my own finite resources of time and money.

When this website started, it was an experiment. I didn’t know if anybody else would be interested in what I write. Now the stats show over 86,000 views from more than 100 different countries, and my email inbox receives words of thanks and encouragement from academics, performers, producers and fans; it seems people are interested.

So if there’s value in the work I’m doing, it seems fair that I get paid for it, right? I don’t want to go down the route of advertising people’s shows, as that could be seen as a conflict of interests when the time to review rolls round. So I’ve set up a funding stream called Patreon. It’s similar to a subscription, so people pay each month, and I continue making content. That’s the theory.

There are also some grand plans for bigger and better things along the line if this community funding model takes off, so please have a look, and subscribe if you can. Especially if you think this site is a resource worth having.

Thank you!                                                                                                https://www.patreon.com/thecircusdiaries

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Katharine is a circus writer based in the Midlands, a handy travel hub for getting out and about to new and smaller-scale work. From a background as a performer, theatre-maker and circus volunteer, Katharine took part in the EU-funded 'Unpack the Arts' circus residency, set up The Circus Diaries website, and now dedicates herself to sharing the intricacies of circus art with the world.

She says: "Circus is an area of performing arts where few people have the vocabulary and understanding to write balanced critical appraisal. This tends to result in wishy-washy 'reviews' that all sound the same and say very little about the relative quality of the show.

"As the circus arts grow in popularity and engagement across the UK, it's important for critical voices to reflect this to increasingly discerning audiences. That's where I come in."
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Katharine Kavanagh
Katharine is a circus writer based in the Midlands, a handy travel hub for getting out and about to new and smaller-scale work. From a background as a performer, theatre-maker and circus volunteer, Katharine took part in the EU-funded 'Unpack the Arts' circus residency, set up The Circus Diaries website, and now dedicates herself to sharing the intricacies of circus art with the world.

She says: "Circus is an area of performing arts where few people have the vocabulary and understanding to write balanced critical appraisal. This tends to result in wishy-washy 'reviews' that all sound the same and say very little about the relative quality of the show.

"As the circus arts grow in popularity and engagement across the UK, it's important for critical voices to reflect this to increasingly discerning audiences. That's where I come in."

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