NAWE’s new website ‘Cut a Long Story‘ is finally live, and you can or will soon be able to find several of my stories on there to buy as single story ebooks. The fastest way to find my stuff is via my profile page. I’ve only got one story up at the moment, but I have loaded some others from Tales told before Cockcrow, which would otherwise be out of print, and should be live within a fortnight.
I’ve spotted some Arachne Press friends authors and poets, on there too, it’s early days but there are some interesting stories to be had.
What is slowing me up is the need for a really good image to go with the story – that I have permission to use. I’ve used my own photographs (some manipulated) for the one’s I’ve loaded but I’m a bit stuck. Any arty folk out there want to help out? All that’s on offer is gratitude and a credit! I need an illustration for The Knight Who Didn’t, and Tante Rouge in particular, and possible Glory, or Hope You can find extracts from these here. Get in touch if you are interested in coming up with a ‘cover’ image for any of them!
It’s the third performance of The Adventures of Count Ory tonight, with a chance that we get a real thunderstorm, and a certainty that those nun’s habits will be unbearably hot!
Apparently I’m a very convincing nun (that’s me far left) and a number of people have said they are reminded of their school days… hmm. Just because I can get a wimple on straight. I have a queue of tenors and basses asking me to put theirs right in the interval!
Some pretty silly alternative titles for the show have been flying about my favourite so far is the Baritones of Wimple Street. (If you don’t get it, you aren’t old enough.)
Joyce di Donato sent us a good luck message, and we tweeted her back a picture of the nuns, much to her amusement. We are even more funny in motion and song – come and find out!
…proves once again that the words Blackheath Halls and triumph are synonymous.
…easy as it would be to dwell on the delights of the principals, it’s the magnificent chorus that deserves most attention…
Opera up close has come into its own in recent years, but usually without the thrill of having a full chorus just inches from the audience. In terms of breaking barriers, the Blackheath project achieves what many would like to, but rarely can, by putting opera at the heart of the community.
And here’s a couple more pictures. (Official photographer Lena Kern has done a much better job, and taken literally thousands of pictures. When I have some of those I’ll post them.
We’re on again tonight. I think there might be a couple of tickets left…
A novel experience, I had a portrait photograph taken for a project, Outcome, which uses images of LGBT folk with the tools of their trade and a photo of themselves as a child; the idea being that no matter how confusing or miserable it is growing up, we all go on to make a stab at having a fulfilling life: it does get better.
Eventually there will be an exhibition. If you want to get involved and have the delightful Tom Dingley take your photograph for his project, contact him via his facebook page or on twitter @TomDingleyPhoto
We had such a lot of fun at Towersey, courtesy of Spread the Word, and a wide variety of venues were performed at. Audience for readings between 30 and 100, participants for workshops around 30, and some of them came back and did the workshop again!
Here are some snippets of video of me performing on the Friday in the Ceilidh tent (reading, before you imagine me prancing about the dance floor) though I was tempted – excellent bands.
And here are some photos of us all doing our thing. All copyright me, apart from the one of me, which is copyright Debs Newbold.
Most of my free waking hours since finishing the opera (apart from work, singing, partying, holidays…) have been spent fighting with the software to get the book to look beautiful. Anyone planning to do a photobook on Blurb be warned you need a lot of free RAM. It does very strange things, like randomly copying chunks of text and shoving them in somewhere else each time you try to format something. To be fair they do warn about pasting large amounts of text, but it kept crashing, and even when I put it on my new laptop, with nothing else loaded apart from the virus guard, and it didn’t save except when you shut it, so if it crashed you lost the lot- so I got in the habit of saving at the end of each page and after every loading of a photo. Its taken three times as long as it should have… But it is finally done, and I’ve ordered a proof copy. waiting eagerly!
UPDATE: Comment from Readers:
You chart the gradual emergence of the opera in such a lively and insightful way – it’s a kind of scraggy, no- hoper kitten that turns into a fat cat with presence. It’s a real window into how nourishing participation in the arts can be.
Lovely reminder of the intensity of that time in the summer. Great text and pictures, apart from me on page 10 looking like an elephant about to charge !! I sat up late last night chortling away and am now regretting it as eyes on stalks. Thank you Cherry. A terrific job.