Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Weight on My Chest and The Night of the Dead Living


This weekend I will be launching a new booklet of cheerless jokes onto an inconsolable world.  The booklet is called The Weight on My Chest and consists of twenty jokes and drawings done this year.



 What occasions this outburst -- I mean this burst of activity?  Why, November Open Studios in Stroud this weekend. 
My studio at Piccadilly Mill West (off Lower Street, Stroud, and up the fire escape on the building to your left) will be open from 11 till 6 on both days.  As well as the new booklets (which are £5 each and the perfect Christmas present for the miserable person in your life) I will have the usual array of cards and old jokes.  So please come by, if you’re in the area.
Prior to that, on Friday, I will be jointly hosting “The Night of the Dead Living”, a John Street Social Club  at Stroud Valleys Artspace, with Philip Rush, Moina Walker, Uta Baldauf and Tomas Dominich, plus spots from Tim Bannon and Jo Woolley . 
The event starts at 7 and ends at 11.  Between 8 and 9 I will be playing gloomy music and terrifying clips of 80’s children’s TV programmes, as well as giving a short performance (starting around 8.20) of miserable poetry and badly-described cartoons to launch the new booklet.
Do come along!  The event is free (and uneasy).


Friday, 17 October 2014

The Fruit Sermon



I used to preach
About the peach,
Until I took to lecturing
About the nectarine.



Friday, 29 August 2014

Gloomy September Days

Autumn is approaching and, like a damp, chill wind, my gloomy poet is back with a half-an-hour-long show for the Stroud Theatre Festival (13th and 14th September). As well as reading his poems, he will be giving insights into his break-up with Mavis and details of Melancholics Anonymous meetings and how to join.
The forecast is for gloom and despair.
Here is a link to the Stroud Theatre Festival programme: www.stroudtheatrefestival.co.uk