Sharing the joy

Many, many moons ago, when I left the safety and security of my teaching job to test the fantastical idea that I might be able to write a book, I looked for help. In my nearest town, Huddersfield, I discovered an organisation called CIDA (Creative Industries Development Agency). CIDA offered mentoring and support including training to people in or hoping to work in creative industries. Who knew such places existed? Along with a few useful courses, they assigned me a mentor by the name of Adam Strickson.

Adam Strickson is a playwright, poet and occasional visual artist. He’s done some amazing things in his life and I am very grateful for the time and advice he gave to me. I’m thrilled to be able to share my joy over his continued success and let him tell you what he’s up to ~

Adam S pic The dramatic cantata, ‘Sailing to the Marvellous’, which I initiated and have composed the libretto for, will be taking place at Bridlington Priory on Saturday October 19th at 7.30pm, with choirs, professional soloists and 100 children.

 Sailing to the Marvellous is a dramatic cantata for choirs, instrumentalists and child actors commissioned by Priory 900 from the Wingbeats team who created the operas Flight Paths and Amy’s Last Dive, the East Riding’s official contribution to the Cultural Olympiad.

The cantata tells a powerful present-day story. Runa, a young Christian woman from Iraq, flees persecution. She meets a group of children who have escaped from the wars of Africa, and together they travel to England in an old fishing boat. Eventually the boat reaches Bridlington where, like many before them, Runa and the children seek sanctuary.
Tickets are £5.   Tel 07583432163
On Saturday Nov 9th, I’m appearing at Manchester’s Poets and Playersat 2.30 pm at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate. There will be music and live poetry from the film I made with Lucy Bergman, ‘I am the ferryman’, about my relationship with Benjamin Britten’s music and his with the landscape of Suffolk. Musicians are ‘Our Liberated Winter’ (Robin Bowles and Simon Prince) and there will be a showing of the film.


A pilot programme for an exciting new venture at Bradford Cathedral on Wednesday December 4th at 7pm, ‘Air on Brontë Moor’. This is a new collaboration with film-maker Simon Warner and saxophonist David Wilson. We’ll be presenting films of the landscape the Brontës were influenced by with live saxophone and poetry from the sisters, plus poems by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Charlotte Mew and and a performance piece from me in response to the Brontës. We hope to tour this next year. Tickets will be £5, available from Bradford Cathedral from the middle of this month.      BD1 4EH     Tel: 01274 777720


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