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John's show All Hail The Snail was a mainstay of the 2018 schedule. Go here to find an interview posted in Canary Wharf Kids where he discusses the show and offers advice to children interested in creative writing and their parents. And go here to listen to John talking to Nick Coffer about the show on BBC Three Counties Radio. You may need to sign into BBC Iplayer.

John was also interviewed on Radio Shetland for its Books Programme on 21 February. You can listen to the programme on Mixcloud here.

Details are awaited for gigs in Leeds in October, and Cheltenham and Diss in the new year.

August 2019

3 August - Writing, Drawing and Drawing out the Creative @ Tower Theatre N16
"A wordplayful workshop with writings created en masse, in groups and individually, probably."

Saturday 3 August 11.00am     Tickets £10.00 members & concessions / £20 non-members.
Concessions are available for Senior Citizens, Students, Unemployed, Disabled, and Children aged 15 and under.

This follows a similar workshop with different content on Saturday 20 July. If you attend both, tickets are £17.50 for members and £35.00 for non-members. Both run from 11.00am till 2.00pm with a half hour break for lunch. Yearly membership is £20 and you can join here.

Frank & Molly Smith Studio Tower Theatre  16 Northwold Road  Stoke Newington  N16 7HR

Phone 020 7353 5700     Web

7 August - Bonsoir, Monsieur Robinet @ The National Poetry Library
"This little library is the Crown Jewel of the Southbank Centre"

Wednesday 7 August 8.00pm     Tickets £7 (booking fee £3 / £0 for members)

John reflects on his Gallic roots in conversation and song with Cina Aissa and with musical accompaniment from Adam Bradbury and Mike Tomes. It's a small space so early booking is advisable.

National Poetry Library   Level 5   Royal Festival Hall   Southbank Centre   London   SE1 8XX

Phone 020 7921 0943     Web

18 August - Just So Festival 2019 @ Rode Hall Cheshire
A family weekend adventure beyond your wildest dreams"

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 August     Various ticket prices see event website for details

John will be doing a 45 minute slot on the Sunday.

Rode Hall Estate     Scholar Green     Cheshire     ST7 3QT

Phone 0121 472 6688      Web


September 2019

1 September - The Burston Strike School Rally 2019
Commemorating the longest strike in history and celebrating the people who continue to fight for the same causes today.

Sunday 1 September 10.30am - 3.30pm     Free except for campaign stallholders

A 100% Trade Union funded day of remembrance and celebration with a great lineup of guest speakers and live entertainment.

Burston Strike School    Diss Road    Burston    Norfolk    IP22 4HS

Phone 01692 405067      Web

11 September - John & Friends & The London Spice of Life
Part of Soho.Live Jazz Week

Wednesday 11 September 8.00pm     Tickets £10 + £1 booking fee

With CHRIS DOWDING trumpet/flugelhorn, JIM RATTIGAN French horn & JEFF MILLER tuba + guest slots from DIEGO BROWN & THE GOOD FAIRY & PAUL PACE.

The Spice of Life    6 Moor Street    Soho    London    W1D 5NA

Phone 020 7437 7013     Web

20 September - John @ Archway Children's Library

Archway With Words Book Festival Part 1

Friday 20 September 4.00pm     FREE!!! FREE!!! FREE!!!

Expect a humorous and very interactive event featuring animals, people, and potatoes

Archway Children's Library    23 Highgate Hill    Archway    London    N19 5LP

Phone 020 7527 7820    Web

20 September - Overneath The Arches @ Nightclub Kolis
Archway With Words Book Festival Part 2

Friday 20 September 7.45pm     Tickets £10 / £6

A potato-based selection for the more mature palate

Nightclub Kolis    1 Archway Road     Archway     London     N19 3TD

Phone 07401 174074    Web

26 September - John & the Bradgate Writers @ Attenborough Arts Centre

Priding ourselves on being accessible and inclusive

Thursday 26 September 7.30pm     Tickets £7 / £4 + online booking fee

Alongside his own work, John will present the work of the Bradgate Writers, including work arising from a year-long residency with the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Attenborough Arts Centre    University of Leicester    Lancaster Road    Leicester    LE1 7HA

Phone 0116 252 2455    Web

27 September - John @ The Watermark Ivybridge
Nestled under Dartmoor, "The Gateway to the Moors"

Friday 27 September 7.30pm     Tickets £10 - £14 + £0.50 booking fee

An exuberance of songs, drawings and poems and baroque dance steps with material encompassing furniture, fig rolls, fisher-birds and a trip to Rotherham Library.

The Watermark    Erme Court    Leonards Road    Ivybridge    PL21 0SZ

Phone 01752 892220     Web

28 September - New & Selected Potatoes @ The Tolmen Centre Constantine
At the heart of village life in Constantine, Cornwall

Saturday 28 September 7.30pm     Tickets £5 - £12 + 10% online booking fee

"If everyone could see life and each other through his glasses I bet the world would be a sweeter, safer, better and funnier place"

The Tolmen Centre    Fore Street    Constantine    Falmouth    TR11 5AA

Phone 01326 341353     Web

29 September - Sproutspoken: Superdupersonic
@ Sprout Health Foods Newquay
"Promoting health, community, vitality and fun!"

Sunday 29 September 7.00pm     Tickets £12 + £1.09 online booking fee

A venue with a vegetable in the name - serendipitous or what? With adults in mind, but still not forgetting any nine year olds who turn up.

Sprout Health Foods    The Old Printhouse     Newquay     TR7 1FZ

Phone 01637 875845    Web


October 2019

3 October - New & Selected Potatoes @ Waterside Arts Sale
A thriving and vibrant arts venue in the heart of Sale in Trafford

Thursday 3 October 8.00pm     Tickets £15 / £13 concessions

"Truth For Sale": John's National Poetry Day performance marking a country-wide celebration whose theme is Truth, with Clare Elstow providing French baroque tunes for willing audience members to dance to.

Waterside Arts    1 Waterside Plaza     Sale    Trafford     M33 7ZF

Phone 0161 912 5616      Web

5 October - Drawing Out The Creative @ The Book Corner Halifax
A creative workshop suitable for ages 16+

Saturday 5 October 4.30 - 6.00pm     Tickets £12 + 10% booking fee

A no-experience required workshop. We do not look at previous writings, we create new illustrated ones in a playful getting together.

The Book Corner    23-24 Rustic Level    The Piece Hall    Halifax    HX1 1RE

Phone 01422 414443     Web

5 October - New & Selected Potatoes @ The Book Corner Halifax
Largely for adults but not unsuitable for curious nine year olds in spectacles

Saturday 5 October 7.30pm     Tickets £10 + 10% booking fee

Singing, drawing, multiple gesticulations and baroque dancing

The Book Corner    23-24 Rustic Level    The Piece Hall    Halifax    HX1 1RE

Phone 01422 414443     Web

12 October - New & Selected Potatoes @ The Quarry Theatre Bedford
Offering a diverse programme of performances and events focusing on quality, relevance and entertainment value

Saturday 12 October 7.30pm     Tickets £12.50 / £14.50

Everything from love, family, France, art and the sea to dogs, dads, gods, taxidermy, carrots, spectacles and – of course – potatoes.

The Quarry Theatre    26 St Peter's Street    Bedford    MK40 2NN

Phone 01234 362269     Web

18-20 October - Hartlepool Folk Festival @ National Museum of the Royal Navy
Bringing a bit of magic to Hartlepool each October now in our 5th year

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October    For ticket prices see website

The various ticket options are explained on the website. John attended this "delightful celebration of folk tale dance" last year and is thrilled to be returning this year as a perfomer. He is appearing on the Saturday at about 2.00pm and will be contributing to a commissioned performance by Robb Johnson the evening before.

National Museum of the Royal Navy   Jackson Dock   Maritime Avenue   Hartlepool   TS24 0XZ

Phone 01429 299330     Web

18-20 October - Musicport Festival @ Whitby Pavilion
A one-off festival for the Millennium that's now been going for 20 years!

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October    For ticket prices see website

Tickets are for the whole weekend and not for individual events. John is appearing on the Saturday night.

Whitby Pavilion    West Cliff    Whitby    YO21 3EN

Phone 01947 458899     Web


November 2019

5 November - John & Friends @ The Wardrobe Theatre Bristol
A Milk Poetry presentation

Tuesday 5 November 7.30pm     Tickets £8

With stellar support including Cardiff poet Sarah McCreadie providing their own brand of fireworks.

The Wardrobe Theatre    25 West Street     Bristol     BS2 0DF

Phone 0117 902 0344     Web



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