Sunday, 29 April 2007
I am reading 'The Book of Lost Things' by John Connolly. I am recommending it to people. It's not a perfect read, and there are bits that make me cringe, but as a concept and a reading experience it wins and transports you to another world. Scary stories for kids/adults/oaps/ghosts are making a come back.
Saturday, 14 April 2007
In the evening Helen and I go to see Robert Greygrass and Gayle Ross talk about their tribes and traditions, it makes me feel strong and weak at the same time. Strong in that they make me believe in the spiritual world just beyond, weak, in that I will never get there.
Thursday, 12 April 2007
After having such a great night at the storytelling festival last night, Helen and I thought we would go back this evening for an evening of 'Northern Voices', a mixture of folktales and music. It was great to finally see Ian McMillan (the self proclaimed 'Bard of Barnsley') with his stories and poetry is a very funny man. My sketch of him doesn't do him justice. Christine McMahon told some great tales too.
The reality of the situation is what I like about 'folk'. 'Normal' people communicating with 'normal' people, the lack of celebrity pretence is something that the folk scene is keen to cultivate, from what I've seen so far. And that truth can only be a good thing in these corporate days of dwindling responsibilities.
Jim Eldon has a twinkling madman's eye as he tells stories and plays his fiddle, traveller style. He can be smiling and lighthearted one moment, then as he places his fiddle down, clasps his hands together, leans forward and draws you into a murderers lying and skinning nightmare. What a gent.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
He's a hard man to stop when he's in full storytelling mode, eventually the 'management' draw his attention to the time. "Just two minutes more" he replies. As the audience shuffle out Eddie is giving valuable information to protect yourself from 'The Lads' (which include metal, the colour red, running water and salt). Spending time with Eddie makes you believe that taking precautions against the fairy folk is very wise, especially when humans build and invade more and more of their wilderness lands.
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Sunday, 8 April 2007
We have tickets to go and see a jousting tournament at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. And very exciting it is too. The crowd is whipped into shape by a jester on stilts who is both very funny and very disturbing in equal measures.
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Monday, 2 April 2007
I was using fibre tip pens and watercolours at the time, so I coloured the saliva with a drop of ultramarine. 'Appreciation' done, he was content to go over by the radiator and settle down for the evening. Bless him.