Entries by

A Slave to the rhythm: Part 2

The second in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now No 2 –  Allusions, elusions and illusions   Not having any transport, I had little opportunity to get around and play with other people. For a while I couldn’t […]

A slave to the rhythm

The first in an occasional series from Rick about his life as a musician – where it all started and what it has come to now. No 1  – How did it all begin ? Its hard to say exactly what started me off on this caper but, if pressed, I would have to say […]

Locked down but not held back

Like so many others in the world right now, our live activities are on hold because of lockdown restrictions. We clearly have no idea when this situation is likely to change. However, we have not been idle in this time. Just before we knew that lockdown was imminent, we took part in a joyful event organised […]

The old harper and the sea beast

The old harper and the sea beast is a story created for “Of sea and shore and the worlds in between”, first performed at the Roundhouse in the Felin Uchaf Centre at Rhoshirwaun, Pwlheli. Click here to hear how it unfolds.

Stick story maps

Stick story maps are a tool that Helen uses with groups creating stories in a particular landscape. Participants are given a stick and some string and encouraged to find objects that illustrate aspects of their story and tie them on as prompts when re-telling their story. The sticks illustrated were created from work in and […]

Slate marimbas

Rick collects roof slates and uses them to make pentatonic (5 note) marimbas, struck with soft mallets. Each slate must pass the test of having a strong tone when struck. He often incorporates the playing and painting of these in creative schools’ work, then leaving them situated somewhere like the school garden, so they are […]

Frances Fisher RIP

“Your book was so real, I thought I was in it.” (Alice, age 9, re ‘Frances Fisher RIP’) Frances Fisher, RIP was a the outcome of a project undertaken in 1993-4 as a Sunderland Childrens Live Literature Residency.  The project was initiated and co-ordinated by Sunderland Leisure Libraries and Arts and involved a programme of […]

After Offa: living life along the border

After Offa is an oral heritage project about community, story and landscape, between Chirk Castle, Bronygarth and Sycharth, Llansilin. The project, set up by Bronygarth Social Committee and directed by Helen,  ran from 2010 to 2012. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Shropshire County Council.  Workshops with schools and local groups, community […]