#Monochrome #Photography from The Gifting : #DoncasterIsGreat #ILoveDN


I didn’t get many chances to take photos last Saturday night at The Gifting and I haven’t had many chances to play around with the images that I did take since. But here’s a little selection of what I’ve produced so far…

small gifting chute

small gifting-mickj

small gifting labyrinth

small gifting reading

small gifting reading 2

A huge thank you to everyone involved x

Carrying the Fire 2013


Carrying the Fire 2013

In association with The Dark Mountain Project and Wiston Lodge

14th-16th June

at Wiston Lodge near Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

An intimate festival of ideas, poetry, music, and performance. Exploring the connections between the arts, ecology and cultural resilience.

With talks/performances from:

Jay Griffiths, Author of ‘Wild’ and ‘Kith’

Sara Maitland, author of ‘Gossip from the Forest’

Chris Fremantle, EcoArt Scotland


Mairi Campbell & Em Strang

Dark Mountain “feels like the beginning of the story of the world. Not a world shaped by politicians or by global corporations, but by storytellers and singers who make us feel at home on the earth.” Charlotte Du Cann, The Independent    

For further information go to: carryingthefire.co.uk

Phlegmography: further developments at Church View #DoncasterIsGreat

Despite the wet weather work is continuing at Church View and Phlegm‘s first piece for the courtyard is nearing completion… in plenty of time for The Telling (further details regarding that event coming soon).

Last Thursday saw some impressive rope-work as the piece grew up one of the taller sections of the building.
And ladders also paid their part… Phlegm has to constantly climb and paint, and then descend and walk to the other side of the courtyard to get perspective on the painting… I was exhausted just watching him 😉
For someone who loves street art spending time with Phlegm is a real privilege. I have always loved the otherworldly feeling of his work and next year he promises to be even more experimental!
With this as the backdrop for The Telling it promises to be a magical event 😀

The mighty Phlegm begins to paint at Church View #StreetArt #DoncasterIsGreat

Those lovely people at the Doncaster Central Development Trust (DCDT) have made a great job of clearing the Church View courtyard area. It’s almost ready for performance, music and storytelling events such as The Telling… all it needs is a lick of paint from a world class street artist like Phlegm

Phlegm doesn’t get too many opportunities to paint on this scale so close to where he lives (Sheffield I hope you’re listening!), so we can expect to see something pretty amazing…

He has two large-scale solo works planned for Church View and there’s talk of possible collaborations with Run and Kid Acne, so he’ll be around for the next couple of weeks.

He’s one of the nicest and most sincere blokes you can ever hope to meet, so if you’re in the area and happen to see him make sure you say ‘Hi’… and feel free to donate some white outdoor emulsion if you have any handy 😉

One guy who did pop in to say ‘Hi’ is Doncaster’s very own prodigal street-artist ‘Kozy the Crackhead‘…

Kozy has already worked with renowned punk artist Jamie Reid and will now be working opposite Phlegm in the Church View courtyard… watch this space!

I’ll keep you posted as Phlegm & Kosy’s works take shape.

If you’re a local artist, musician, writer or storyteller who’d like to get involved then why not get in touch.

Exciting Line-Up at the ‘Uncivilisation 2011’ Dark Mountain Festival…

There’s only 12 days to go now until this year’s Dark Mountain festival (August 19th). I’m honoured to have been invited to give a talk about the Luddite Bicentenary in light of the article I wrote for issue 2 of the Dark Mountain journal, but I’ve got to admit that I’m more than a little bit scared when it comes to public speaking 😦

That said I did cheer up when I read the programme for this year’s event. There’s an amazing line-up! The hardest thing is going to be choosing between clashing speakers/workshops/performances. Click here for the 2011 UNCIVILISATION programme.

Hope to see you there 🙂

Dark Mountain: Issue 2 – Out Now!

This hauntingly beautiful image by the magical Dartmoor artsit, Rima Staines, is from the cover of Issue 2 of the Dark Mountain journal which is available now… http://www.dark-mountain.net/join-us/dark-mountain-issue-2/
Dark Mountain is the most refreshingly honest read that you’re likely to come across this year. Among other things you’ll find – among it’s Bracketpress designed pages… – are “extracts from Jay Griffiths’ forthcoming novel about the life of Frida Kahlo, Melanie Challenger’s book on extinction, and Antonio Dias’ novel ‘Something for Nothing’, as well as new short stories from Nick Hunt, William Haas and Simon Lys. There’s also new poetry from Albert Pierce Bales, Antony Lioi, Em Strang, Joel Moore, Mario Petrucci, Adrienne Odasso, Robert Walker, Benjamin Morris, Stephen Wheeler, Andrea Dulberger, Heathcote Williams, Gerry Loose and Paul Kingsnorth.”

There’s also my reappraisal of the Luddite uprising, ‘The Shuttle Exchanged for the Sword’; which questions both the motivations behind the uprising and the dominant myth of progress – Andy Brewin very kindly described the article as ‘brilliant’ in a comment on my ‘About‘ page – and who am I to argue 😉

In Praise of the Uncivilised: UNCIVILISATION FESTIVAL 2011

This year I’ll be giving my first ever public talk (gulp!) at the Dark Mountain Project’s 2011 ‘Uncivilisation Festival‘ which takes place at the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire from the 19th to the 21st of August (which also happens to be from my daughter’s birthday up until my wedding anniversary – another ‘gulp!’).

Based on an article I wrote for Volume 2 of the Dark Mountain Journal, the talk will involve a brief history of the Luddite uprising (which began 200 years ago this November) and the ongoing (some might sat ‘relentless’) Myth of Progress. I’ll be in the main tent of the festival from 2.30pm on Saturday 20th August. Your support (whether in kind words or in rum) would be warmly welcomed – as would any advice on public speaking! 😉

The Dark Mountain Journal Vol. 2: pre-order now available

Volume 2 of the Dark Mountain anthology, probably one of the most honest and important publications currently being produced, is now available for pre-order. Click here for further details.

As a self-funded project pre-orders are vital, order your copy here… http://www.indiegogo.com/Dark-Mountain-Issue-2