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March 14, 2020

It’s an ancient land, full of myths and legends.

It’s an old town, an old market town – with some shiny buttons and some threadbare coats.

It’s a community, you can see that – with arts as vibrant as they so often aren’t.

This is Stroud. Home of Stroud Short Stories – as...

February 2, 2020

The Art House cafe


1st February 2020

Hosted by Jayne Ede

Eclectic, energetic, energising

Inventive, intriguing, inspiring

Brave and brilliant

And big of heart

These are the jewels to polish and to treasure.

The Art House café is a place of haven and refreshment for...

January 24, 2020

The first Talking Tales of the year is soon upon us and I am hosting this one - a huge pleasure.

When: 11th February 2020 - doors 630 start 7pm

Where: Left Bank, 128 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol BS6 5RW

Who: brought to you by Stokes Croft Writers but featuring y...

December 8, 2019

I can’t write this blog for fear of gushing.

I’d gush about the Theatre and Performance Skills course I’ve just completed. I’d gush about the Natural Theatre Company. I knew I loved performing stories, I knew I wanted to be better and quite by chance I came across the N...

October 25, 2019

They’ve had to put up with a lot – the women of Bristol.

Bristol Women Writers have had to put up with quite a lot of me down the years – stories from me. Stories from me told with a triangle or a bottle of cider. And now this...cast as slaves!

Writers Unchained is the B...

July 12, 2019

It is traditional to keep bright, colourful and valuable gems in a jewellery box. Salon Soirees is just that – bright, colourful and crammed full of valuable creative gems. The box is Bloom & Curll – a beautiful tardis of a bookshop in Bristol.

I’ve known about Salon So...

May 26, 2019

Although I have taken the earthling from represented by Mark Rutterford, some of you may know...I am an alien.

I landed on your planet many years ago, when the Bristol Old Vic was celebrating its 200th birthday. I am delighted to be the first alien to appear at this the...

April 24, 2019

The latest in a series of posts about events that make me happy.

Take one village – a good one, in a good location. Let’s say South Gloucestershire. Hawkesbury Upton.

Take one day – a good one, in a good month. A whole one. Let’s say Saturday. 27th April 2019.

Add opening...

April 5, 2019

The latest in a series of posts about story telling events that have stolen my heart.

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Talking Tales is family.

You know what families are like? There are different personalities and voices. A spectrum of ages and viewpoints. There...

March 17, 2019

The second in a series of blogs about spoken word events I know and adore.

I’d been writing for a few years and it was such fun, such a relief. The relief of lifting the lid on a toy box of creativity and emotion. And in early 2012, Clare Reddaway mentioned at a writing...

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