August 2017

I still call this laughingly a news page – expect another update in 18 months or so.

It is now nearly 18 months since I gave up my part time job at Writers’ Centre and the ‘spare time dividend’ has predictably failed to surface. One of my first achievements last year was to fall off my bike and render myself useless for a couple of months.

We did manage to showcase Dr Zeeman and it went rather well and now we have more Arts Council Funding to develop and tour it. This is what is going on right now with the emphasis on the visuals and soundscape with the multi-talented Andre Barreau and Karen Hall who played such a big part in making Whistle a success. We are very excited about the opportunity to have the time and resources to really get to work on the theatrics and it’s going great. In the new year (2018) I begin working on the performance with ace director Rob Watt after Ross Sutherland‘s great work dragging a script out of me.

We begin touring in October at Bristol Poetry Festival and then onwards and upwards with more dates to follow. Producer Melanie Abrahams at continues to keep a cool head.

And there is Whistle news!!! Cinnamon Press are to release a paperback edition, with an added poem and I’ll be performing the show again. First at Wrexham University in April and then more terrifyingly as a double header with Dr Zeeman on the same night at Norwich Arts Centre.

The Dr Zeemanbook is a different thing to the show, and was published last year by the marvellous Cinnamon Press

And Shed with Gatehouse Press and beautifully illustrated by Natty Peterkin was also published last year.