Archive for August, 2010

Fundraiser for the Victims of the Pakistan Floods – 11th September!

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Things aren’t getting any better in Pakistan after the floods, in fact they’re getting a good deal worse. Not only is this a fantastic cause, but I get to play alongside my old sensai, Graham Mort, who was one of my MA lecturers. Eeh, what larks we used to have… You should read his collection of short stories ‘Touch’ published by Seren, including the Bridport winning ‘The Prince.’ Holy Cow. He really is very good.


Because this gig is organised by the Abaseen Foundation charity, payment details are a little different to usual – please check the poster.


Thanks, and I hope to see some of you there! A night of folk and blues all in aid of urgently needed aid.

WORDSPARK #007: Chain Letters

Friday, August 20th, 2010

chainThis is a short, fun exercise particularly good for a warm-up in a workshop or writing group setting, to lift energy, create laughter and get the little grey cells going. I use it if I’m working with a group who are a little bit shy, or to clear the air after an intensive spate of writing. It also has a hidden value which I’ll talk about later.


It’s inspired by the fabulous game from Radio 4′s ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue,’ idiosyncratically named ‘Cheddar Gorge.’ Two contestants take it in turns to compose a letter word by word and then draft the reply.


So that’s what you do with the group – go round the circle word by word. The key is to keep it snappy – avoid long deliberations if possible, although minds can and often will go blank! Just try and keep the pace up.



Stop Press! Playfest IS going ahead…! SATURDAY 14th August 2010

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

WHERE: A field in warton off Sands Lane (Carnforth end of Warton)


WHO & WHEN: (bound to change)


2pm – Total Opposites
2.30 pm – Moll Baxter
3.15 pm – Electric Freetime Machine
4pm – Orphans
4.45 pm – Johnny FifthWheel
5.30 pm – Village Jam
6.30 pm – New Hawks
7.15 pm – three dimensional tanx
8pm – Without Motive
9pm – Massive Wagons
10pm – Ottersgear