Life has been a joyful whirlwind recently. The lovely Harry Whittaker invited me back onto his Radio York show, this time to read some of my family life column, Home Sweet Home. It was another fantastic evening and I’ve had some great feedback – just need a permanent home for the column now…Then I was invited to be part of the company reading for First Draft, the platform for the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s script writing course. Always a fun night, this was particularly good – interesting scripts and many old friends. I am currently researching a feature for the Dalesman which requires a lot of time spent poring over old photographs and accounts of Scarborough in the mid-19th century – definitely the place I would choose to time travel to, given the choice! I am also working on various poems (dusk is particularly magical at the moment), various drafts of short stories, lots of feature ideas and a couple of scripts. And I am desperate to paint a picture of the sea; it is shimmering this morning and the seagulls are gliding victoriously above it. What a life!
I spent last Friday night reading some of my poems and chatting to the lovely Harry Whittaker, on his new radio show, Upload, for BBC Radio York. Got to admit, I absolutely loved it! Hoping I get the chance to go back and maybe read some of my Home Sweet Home columns… https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p080wdyl
An extraordinary evening in the Grand Hall of Scarborough Spa, hearing Sir Ranulph Fiennes tell the story of his life. From now on, I am determined to live my life more boldly! Link below to my review for On: Yorkshire magazine.
One of my highlights of the past few months was reviewing Charlotte Lloyd-Webber’s seasonal installation at the wonderful Castle Howard. Here’s my piece for Northern Soul magazine:
THE most hilarious evening reviewing Count Arthur Strong’s new show, Is There Anybody Out There?, for On: Yorkshire magazine.
Read it here:
Beyond proud to have a feature in August’s edition of Yorkshire’s best-selling magazine, Dalesman. My family have read it for years. This means a lot.
Invisible fingers tickle the silhouetted treetops
Whilst the crickets giggle.
A sheep erupts into a throaty guffaw,
Our candle dances
And an owl calls for more.
So delighted to buy a copy of Yorkshire Life and see my feature inside! I had such a lovely time researching it with brilliant photographer (and ace walking companion) Tony Bartholomew (www.bartpics.co.uk) and then writing it in my little study, whilst watching the baby magpie and its devoted parents who have made their home in our garden hedge. A thoroughly enjoyable episode!