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Steve Ward
Writer, Educator, Historian -United Kingdom
Steve Ward has a background in theatre and clowning. Moving into teaching he soon recognised that as well as an artistic activity, circus could play an important role in the educational and social development of young people. From his early days in experimenting with circus in the classroom, and projects linking the professional circus, schools, and youth groups he went on to run his own award winning youth circus, as well as establishing the original National Association of Youth Circus in the UK. Steve has created and directed many youth circus festivals in the UK, as well as in Germany and Brazil. With a deep rooted interest in the circus, he now writes about its fascinating cultural history; to date, he has written four books and many articles. Steve also lectures on aspects of circus history and advises on educational and youth circus matters – and he still finds time to occasionally perform as a clown! Steve’s other circus writings include;Beneath the Big Top; A Social History of the Circus in Britain (Pen & Sword 2014), Sawdust Sisterhood; How Circus Empowered Women (Fonthill Media 2016), Circus Notes & Jottings (Amazon 2017)