These words, the debris of alphabets, nestle mostly in the darkness of pages
so it is a calm but excited voice you will hear sharing things that have happened or thought about
Born in London near Epping Forest I have been marking paper with words for a long time
In 1970s I first peformed with a rock group 'Graham & his performing Poet at small community festivals
seeing Grimms a band laden with poets and the Liverpool Scene a spoken word led combo inspired all the possibilities
Running writers workshops and projects with words- meeting characters of all ages and abilities first in London then in Oxford and since 1986 the Forest and close territories has sustained the my adventures and collaborations...including publishing, performing and community radio putting local voices into the air. For 10 years in partnership with the lamented Forest Bookshop we ran the Coleford Festival of Words which featured many authors and performances which might not have found their way to end up in front of a Forest audience-plus an esteemed cluster of local writers and musicians.
Most recent projects include Community Incomplete Histories, and working with Forest Bard Maggie Clutterbuck and Hybrid shepherd/story teller/shadow salesman Darren Hoskins-whose Dad Les was a very comic writer and a founder member of the Bream Maypole Writers who met weekly in Bream Library for almost 10 years-
Community performances include 'Lend us your ears' the Romans visit the Forest, 'Beside me' Warren James and the Enclosures, 'Time flys' celebrating 800 years of Forest Charter , The Lost Well with Berry Hill school...The Custard Ceili Band exercise with a series of English vegetable dances... As well as two pantomimes.
We gather, usually in Bream Cafe, under the umbrella of 'Oh Crumbs' the only regular spoken word event in the district- currently fortnighly in Space -( Zooming) The somersaults of 2020 'coviditity' included a series of 'Bedtime Stories' our contribution to the bi-annual Wye Valley River Festival- digital/virtual and quite silly.
There is a need to write to hold onto moments and to ask questions
thanks to Bream Library for the invite back to where many things began
Roger Drury Dec 2020