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