The Bard of Windmill Hill  - Word Wizardry - Bristol Storyteller of the Year 2014
This list only covers public appearances. Get in touch if you would like to book me for a private party, WI, Townswomen's Guild, Probus group or any other gathering.

Feedback from a recent show: "Wonderful! You made us laugh and you made us think. The best speaker we've had for a long, long time." 
Bishop Sutton WI, June 2017 

Friday 13th October: 8.00 pm. Bristol Dead Poets Slam - part of Bristol Poetry Festival
The Lansdown, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF
After taking a break last year, the Dead Poets Slam returns to Bristol Poetry Festival. Our special guest will be Spikey Tim who won the contest in 2015 with his interpretation of Roald Dahl. Tim will be performing some of his own work. He's a kind of Dr Seuss for adults.
An eclectic experience is guaranteed with musical entertainment from Mark Darkside. 
£6 adv / £7 on the door  call 07968 045448 for further information or to reserve tickets

Wednesday 18th October: 8.00 pm. Word Wizards Cabaret
The Khan, Falafel King, 6 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6LF
Returning to one of our favourite venues. Comedy cabaret featuring the Bard of Windmill Hill and singer-songwriter the irrepressibly gregarious razzle-dazzlement of Mark Darkside, and mystical mayhem and tales of the forest from Darren Hoskins.
£6  call 07968 045448 for further information or to reserve tickets

Saturday 21st October: Storyteller of the Year Entertains
Star Anise, 1 Gloucester Road, Stroud, GL5 1QG   
Let the Bard of Windmill Hill turn the absurd, bewildering and frequently frustrating aspects of modern life into laughter fodder for you! Witty, ironic and waspish, this is social comment and cerebral stand-up at its best. He has been praised by the BBC's Dr Phil Hammond for the range and depth of his work. This could be just the prescription you need.
"Brilliant, captivating, cheering" Chippenham Folk Festival
"He gets better every time I see him" Anna Saunders, Director, Cheltenham Poetry Festival
"Pure magic" Chagstock
Returning to this venue after a sell out show last year.
£9 / £7  tickets from venue or call 07968 045448 to reserve 


Friday 3rd November 8.30pm:   Lansdown Cabaret
The Lansdown, 8 Clifton Road, Bristol BS8 1AF
Now in our tenth year! Hosted by international circus superstar Matt Pang with resident poet the Bard of Windmill Hill, an evening of music, circus, poetry, magic and the usual extravagance of eclectic entertainment. 

The last two shows sold out so booking early is recommended. A great night out for only £10.
Book on-line at www.lansdowncabaret.co.uk  or call 07968 045448 for further information or to reserve tickets. 

The Lansdown Christmas Cabaret will be on  
Friday 15th December



17 - 19th November: Maryport Literary Festival
Senhouse Roman Museum, The Battery, Sea Brows, Maryport CA15 6JD
Date and time to be announced. 
The theme of the festival is 'A Sense of Place'. I will be presenting a set of poems on the relating to sense of place, identity and conflict. This will include my account of American history from a native American viewpoint 'How The West Was Lost'. This is based on Dee Brown's famous book 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'. There will be other poems relating to recent and ongoing conflict situations and a showing of the short film 'Afghanistan' based on my poem of that name, which has renewed prescience due to the recent decision to deploy more troops there.  

2018
30th January 1.20 - 4.35pm: Afternoon Entertainment Wiltshire Federation of WIs
White Horse Country Park, Westbury 
Also featuring 60s songs from David Andrews and a talk 'Life as a cruise performer' by Jan McNeil 
£17 non-members, enquiries atkinson@daphs.plus.com 

18th - 20th May: Writing and Performance Workshops (adults)
Monkton Wyld Court, Elsdon's Lane, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DQ
We will be exploring the skills involved in writing and performing poetry and short stories in this idyllic country setting. Suitable for anyone who is interested in exploring their potential as writers and performers. More experienced people will find it useful to build on their skills by learning new approaches and techniques.
£180 including accommodation, food and tuition. For booking and further details see
www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk 

Festival already booked for 2018: Stainsby Festival, Unearthed In A Field, Landed Festival - details to follow

Some things said:

"Kids will love it" Carol Ann Duffy, poet laureate
"Most excellent Bard" Matt Harvey, poet and broadcaster
"Beautiful and tough" Usifu Jalloh, master storyteller

"Fantastic! Wonderful stories! Thank you." Elfie, Unearthed In A Field  
"Thanks for a hilarious and highly entertaining set
Anna Saunders, director of Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Wychwood Festival    
"Absolutely fantastic!" Jamie McCann (aged 8)   
"You have inspired a small boy who has talked about little else since" Andy McCann   "Brilliant, captivating, cheering." - "Just the tonic I needed." Chippenham Folk Festival
"a triumph... brilliant performance... a wordsmith second to none"  Bristol Storyfest "Fabulous entertainment - a real treat." Shrewsbury Folk Festival    
"Hilarious poems and stories" - "A wonder! Please get him back next year."  
Warwick Folk Festival

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