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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!

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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?

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Launch of the animation ‘The Smuggler’

January 31st, 2019

On the 31st January 2019 we launched the animation of the story of ‘The Smuggler’. This was accompanied by live folk music featuring local folk singers Andrew Craig & Maureen and Jonathan Arden Jones. Mike Payton from Beeston Tales opened the evening with a story and young people from Broxtowe Youth Homelessness were featured on video telling their experience of homelessness and their journey to finding a home. John Brannan provided the comedy spot for the evening.

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Walking the Great Glen Way

October 4th, 2018

We are to embark on a five day trek from Fort William to Iverness, known as the Great Glen Way, and none of us had managed a long distance walk before. It is a sponsored walk in aid of a children’s hospice in Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia). The weather forecast is rain and more rain but with some sunny intervals. So we embark on our adventure in some of the most beautiful countryside in the world.

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Catalan culture in Collioure

August 28th, 2018

We are on the high speed train from Girona to Perpignan but have stopped at Figueres near the French border. Apparently the train driver has left the train and not returned. We are stranded and we wait an hour and then two hours and eventually a new driver arrives by taxi! The original driver was protesting about his work terms and conditions. In the meantime other passengers have long since left and caught a taxi to Perpignan airport to ensure they did not miss their flights.

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