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Music and Myth Festival '17, Thailand - the dim lit subterranea of the ancient mind

Music and Myth Festival ’17, Thailand – the dim lit subterranea of the ancient mind

  Soft warm wind on the worm brown water, a coiling slither from the deep green heartland, the Temple of Dawn sparkling in the darkness, water around and in everything. A hall painted with shifting light, a hundred instruments new and strange – pulsing the life-beat of these ancient lands, with me astonished and inspired...
Vagabond Language tour '17

Vagabond Language tour ’17

Evelyn Waugh captures the evanescence of song so beautifully in these lines from Brideshead Revisited: Perhaps all our loves are merely hints and symbols; vagabond-language scrawled on gate-posts and paving-stones… We scrawl songs and stories as signs, for our selves and each other, of the mystery as we pass. They are joyful outbursts, full of...
Fundraising CD with Kris Drever, Hothouse Flowers, Lau, the Oyster Band, Linda Thompson and Peggy Seeger

Fundraising CD with Kris Drever, Hothouse Flowers, Lau, the Oyster Band, Linda Thompson and Peggy Seeger

                                Very happy to be able to support POSTCARDS FOR PEACE’s fundraising and awareness CD A WORLD OF HOPE. Postcards for Peace works in peace, diversity and inclusion advocacy with young people around the world. The contributors pay tribute to the...
Cyprus and Parliament – cross party committee on music

Cyprus and Parliament – cross party committee on music

Busy schedule this trip – Oxford, Cyprus and Parliament in a little over a week : ) Visual feast to begin with  at the Bodleian and the Byzantine studies institute in OXFORD showing  hidden gospels of the mountain monastery at Garima in Northern Ethiopia. Airports – and Heathrow particularly – not my favourite place. Now sun...
BBC interview: Jonathan talks art, sound and song: the makings of an album

BBC interview: Jonathan talks art, sound and song: the makings of an album

INTERVIEW WITH THE BBC’S Jim Hawkins, talking sounds, words and images – the ingredients that make an album. Please click to listen x  
National Poetry Day – performance film

National Poetry Day – performance film

Delightful experience with Shrewsbury Poetry at the LOFT, Milk Street, Shrewsbury debuting a number of new pieces, including this : )    
BBC Radio 4/British Library animate us : )

BBC Radio 4/British Library animate us : )

http://bbc.in/2bxMXoM So delighted with this animation – BBC/ BRITISH LIBRARY took a section of an interview with myself, my daughter and the BBC’s Genevieve Tudor, and animated it. We were talking about touring in Thailand and the story of Rama and Sita. Click on the image to watch… lovely job don’t you think? x
The INDEPENDENT newspaper features new book 'LYRIC'

The INDEPENDENT newspaper features new book ‘LYRIC’

The Independent newspaper features ‘Lyric’ – a new book I’ve curated, introduced and illustrated – which brings together song lyrics from a range of writers and presents them as poetry.   ARTICLE, full text “So Shakespeare is now officially 400 years dead. This enormously wonderful and argued over figure who may be responsible for some...
WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL: performance films and 'LYRIC' book launch

WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL: performance films and ‘LYRIC’ book launch

Performing at WENLOCK POETRY FESTIVAL – heart’s homeland, my feet in Silurian earth, wisps of morning caught on warm yellow-grey stone and a distant Wrekin – Speedwell, Stitchwort and Periwinkle wreathing our words. The old stones and alleyways of the little town were alive in a different way – poetry stuffed into every crack and crevice....
ATLANTIC DRIFTER launch tour: CHINA

ATLANTIC DRIFTER launch tour: CHINA

Atlantic Drifter Launch Tour CHINA TOUR – GUANGZHOU I’d dreamed my way through the markets of Tashkent and rode, in sleep, the thermals of the Tian Shan night, with brilliant coloured orioles and black kites. I woke over the Five Ridges as the sun rose, and watched huge piles of cumulus to the North crusting...

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