It’s time for my annual 2015 round-up of all The Things I Did.
I spent the last few days of this year praying that the Ouse defences would hold and leave my house high and dry, so far, so good.
My intention for this year was to write more blogs, not necessarily from a journalistic or literary perspective, but to keep my fingers typing away. Type type. Click.
But I always assumed I’d never have the time to write a ‘proper’ blog. Too busy being busy. So I decided to limit my writing to 20 minutes and 15 seconds. 20.15. Geddit?
So some other highlights:
I was the Community Artist for Selby’s On Our Turf Project culminating in a performance in Selby Abbey, a very unique situation and performance. I learned a lot about Selby, I chatted to its locals and hopefully produced a evening celebrating Selby’s unique history.
I went on tour with JENN HART who is super awesome and super cool. I documented this in my blog here and am working on a podcast of all the interviews we did along with the way, but looking back I am still amazed it all came together, and we did it without a car! I am keen to get touring once more, and might put a week aside in 2016 to give it another go.
I went to EdFringe, again, documented here. Still need that photo of the human pyramid!
Gigged with Apples & Snakes' Public Address tour and met loads of ace new poets!
I wrote a load of plays for Youth Theatres, including Who Shot The Sherriff? for Harrogate Youth Theatre’s summer show (an adaptation of the Robin Hood story, but for the characters as teens) and The Hunt for Hull truck Youth Theatre. I worked on a Play In A Week for York Theatre Royal and Hannah Bruce & Co, and I also got to do more freelance work across Yorkshire, and will be working with Harrogate YT leading a play-wrighting group.
2016? Well, we have more Say Owt Slams in the pipeline, I wrote an adaptation of The Castle for Hull truck YT which is on in Feb, another Words & Whippets gig planned at York Theatre Royal and I hope to tour more and do EdFringe again!
I can only hope 2015 was good for you, and I wish you all the best in 2016. Let’s hope it’s peaceful, fruitful and leads to the Grand Revolution toppling the capitalist system so we can build an Anarchist utopia.
In solidarity x