Yesterday I had a very positive meeting with Ian Douglas, fellow storyteller, who is based in West Cumbria and who will be hosting the new Storycafe at the Source Collective. We discussed many exciting possibilities for the future of the Storycafe around the region and began to look far into the future. It is great that he sees the potential and is keen to be involved. I look forward to the evening in Carlisle, hearing his stories and seeing the reaction on the other side of the pennines. I also spoke to Holly, the chef and owner the Source collective cafe, and we discussed food and pricing. The food sounds delicious and I cant wait to try it. The tickets are £18 and will include a 2 course meal, a third course is optional and will cost extra. Wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks will also be on sale. I look forward to meeting
I have been working with Neil Chambers on the story of how Ian Direach got the Blue Falcon, and it has been coming together really well. The music that Neil brings with his pipes beautifully sets the atmosphere for the story and at certain times, as I am telling, it sends shivers down my spine. Its a great story too, set way back in time in the highlands and islands of Western Scotland, its and adventure full of magic and unexpected, larger than life characters. Its fun to tell and strangely uplifting. Neil and I will be telling an extract of the story at an event at the Commercial Union Building on Percy St on Sunday night. This will be its first outing, only the start though. The first full telling will be at the Hearth in Horsley on the 17th of May and I am really looking forward to that.
I am also really looking forward to the 10th of May when I will be in Carlisle and will be telling stories with my old friend and colleague, Ian Douglas. Apart from a short spell on a Saturday afternoon last August, at the Solway Fest, I can't remember the last time Ian and I shared a stage. Some time in the mid 1990s I think. So, a long road travelled in the meantime and promising new adventures ahead. Ian and I will be meeting on Monday to discuss the stories we might b