Thanks for coming by. This is the place where you can see some examples of what I do and how I do it. I write, tell and dramatise stories, usually a mix of real life underpinned with folkloric or mythic themes, trying to capture the spaces where they speak to each other.
In the last few years, I’ve been working collaboratively with musicians, film makers, visual artists, sound engineers and composers. Alone and with partners in crime, I’ve been heading out into communities to hear and record stories. With the tellers’ permission, these may find themselves interwoven with other tales and original writing, on film or as live performance, sometimes both together.
Collaborations have included the film, “Gathered Tales of Lancashire” with Graham Kay of Fully Formed Films for the exhibition “The King of the Cats”; “In Skriker’s Footsteps” with wonderfully talented artists: sculptor, Marjan Wouda, and theatre projectionist and animator Adam York Gregory; “Where We Land”, with Musician/Composer Lee Affen and film maker Graham Kay. Whatever else these pieces may be about, they always explore the meeting places of story, people and place.
The eminent fairy-tale scholar, Jack Zipes, speaks eloquently about the importance of story in our lives:
“We shall continue to use story in all walks of life, and the more conscious we become of how we use story and why we do this to narrate our lives, the more we shall be able to cultivate honest speech in impossible times.”
“Where We Stay” was an early scratch performance piece that brought together Arran folklore with stories from my time on the island, exploring the crossing points between stories, landscape and our imaginations. It was performed at Litfest, Lancaster in 2015. Here’s a clip of an unlikely digression on falling down into the stars just for the fun of it!: