So! I had a great time yesterday, going back to the ever-amazing Brighton Road Recording Studios, with the incredible co-owner/engineer Ali Gavan. The reason being, to record some of my favourite folktales for a forthcoming release! This plan has been on my mind since before lockdown: I wanted to record a selection of shorter tales … More CD and download on the way…!
Hi all! Apologies not to have posted in a while, BUT: I’ve been busy working on LOTS of stuff, and have LOTS of news to share with you! The stars have all aligned and this May is now packed with gigs – and some really exciting ones at that. Not only have I kindly been … More Gigs agogo – and Online Game!
Roger Johnson was a wonderful chap who was known and loved by loads of people. I knew him through gigs by Robb Johnson, the Hove Folk Club (now Railway Roots), Pog, Wob, and lots more – he was a tireless supporter of live music, and always came out whatever the occasion, to enjoy the evening … More Rocking the Roost for Roger Johnson
Was really sad to hear just now that Anne Feeney died in hospital earlier this month. Anne was an amazing singer-songwriter and an inspiring labour activist, in her native US and around the world. I can’t remember exactly why I first came across her, but I know that somehow I stumbled upon her Have You … More RIP Anne Feeney
Hi all; if you want more thoughts on the cultural and social role of stories and storytelling, I’ve contributed to a podcast! Technecast is the official podcast by researchers at Techne Doctoral Training Partnership (who are kindly funding the PhD which I started this academic year), and I was very gratified to be asked to … More Podcast! Hear me musing on stories, environment and PhD studies
Hello folks! This week I had the pleasure – and the honour – of being interviewed for the Crecganford YouTube channel, on the subject of storytelling itself! It was fantastic fun. We covered how I got into storytelling, how to practice telling stories, what stories MEAN to society, and LOADS more – and talked about … More Two new videos! An interview, and a tale
Hello all – happy festive season, however you celebrate at this time of year. I hope you and yours have been able to have a fun time and are staying well, despite the ongoing obstacles. I have an announcement: those of you who’ve seen my recent online gigs will know that I’ve promised to tell … More The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, ONLINE
I am properly thrilled at being part of this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival – happening TOTALLY FREE online 9th-11th Oct. LICAF usually happens each year in Kendall, deep in the Lake District; and despite Covid-19, they’re not to be kept down. This year it’s moved ONLINE, with an absolute EXPLOSION of talks, workshops, … More Lakes International Comic Art Festival, 9th-11th Oct ONLINE, FREE and WITH A VIDEO I MADE IN IT!
It’s National Poetry Day in the UK today! So here’s one I came across this year and really like. #ShareAPoem Prologue (Dylan Thomas) This day winding down nowAt God speeded summer’s endIn the torrent salmon sun,In my seashaken houseOn a breakneck of rocksTangled with chirrup and fruit,Froth, flute, fin, and quillAt a wood’s dancing hoof,By … More National Poetry Day!
Look at this beautiful collage – made by Jenny Davies-Reazor while she listened to my Chasing the Sun stories last week! I love it, so much depth and detail. Note the Bird of Rhiannon, which I totally failed to get at first. Really touched that someone would come up with something so wonderful while watching … More Amazing story-inspired artwork