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The heart of England – the Cromford Canal

August 16th, 2020
What is special about British canals? Is the charming village of Cromford in Derbyshire in the North of England or the Midlands? Well for me and someone who lives in Nottingham and a forty minute drive away from Cromford it is definitely in the Midlands. In the Canal and River Trust in their brilliant little book 'coolcanals Walks' Cromford Canal is under the heading North of England. In a simple but graphic statement the canal's landscape sums up what is the heart of England, although equally beguiling canal towpaths can also be found in Wales and Scotland. read more

Finch, Chimps & Mushy Bees

April 7th, 2020
An evening of Stories and drawing featuring the story 'Finch, Chimps & Mushy Bees' and performed at the Penguin Club, Belper. Watch the video here by clicking on read more and on the following page click on 'here'. read more

The woman with the grey shoulder bag

January 9th, 2020
Last night I performed at Beeston Tales at their new venue the Victory Club, Beeston, Nottingham. Fifty people packed into the Wakefield Room for a brilliant evening of storytelling and folk music. This was a combo with my artist friend Claire Goodey. I told a modern ghost story of the woman with the grey shoulder bag who is haunted by a figure on Google Earth. Claire drew an image of the story and the audience had to guess what it was.  The winner received a bottle of wine and an original copy of the drawing! read more

Exploring China and the Yangtze River

May 19th, 2019
I am on my way to my childhood fantasy world of China on a nine and a half hour flight from Heathrow, London to Beijing. Hudson Taylor died over a hundred years ago in 1905 but the stories of his adventures to try and establish Christianity in this distant land still resonate in my head. Would the pictures conjured up in my head by reading their stories match the China I was to discover in 2019? read more

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