Swallows and Armenians, an actor musician stage production as part of Cumbria Opera Group’s Weekend of Outdoor Opera 2023.
Looking ahead to 2024 & beyond!
Shifting Borders: A Journey to the Centre of our Worlds is only at the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, University of Leeds until 21 December. The exhibition features two of my artist’s books: Blood Oranges Dipped in Salt and Swallows and Armenians – A Mapbook for Young Explorers. Curated by Chris Taylor, artist and Professor of Fine Art Practice at the University of Leeds, this exhibition takes a deep dive into maps, guidebooks and more to explore how these documents can capture notions of place, home and nationhood.
Gallery Residency: I am very excited to have been invited to exhibit my work in a residency at Centrala in Birmingham, a cultural venue which promotes contemporary art and artists from Central and Eastern Europe. This will take place in April 2024. More details in the new year!
My first novel! I’m now hoping to finish the first draft of The Storyteller of Van, an epic work of fiction set in Eastern Turkey 1915 by January. It will be sent out to my first readers, then final editing before sending to agents and publishers in the spring. Thank you to Arts Council England for the Developing Your Creative Practice grant which supported the research and development of the book.
Close to home: Our project celebrating the history, landscape, stations and communities along the Carlisle-Settle Railway, with children from Appleby Primary School was finally unveiled and the ten colourful panels can now be viewed at Appleby Railway Station. You can see pictures of the commission here
The latest version of Swallows and Armenians is an actor musician stage production. We are now planning our tour for 2025 to give us plenty of time to achieve the funding we need. Our fundraising has already raised over £1000 but we are aiming for £3000 so any donations would be used in supporting original, live theatre with an important message about celebrating diversity in British culture. Our fundraising link is below: