About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

Dusk Performer: Tony Curry

Tony Curry has had two poetry collections published. ‘The Noble Savage’ 2007 Flapjack Press and ‘Tall Tales for Tall Men Who Fall Well Short’ 2012 Flapjack Press.

He has been performing his poetry and music since 1997, at various venues in and around Manchester and beyond, including The Big Chill Festival in 2007. He performs spoken word, utilising his guitar at times and also collaborates with the musician Charlie Pink.

His work covers the personal, the observational and the political with a touch of humour at times.

He has been hosting the poetry and music night’s Word Jam and Word Central, in Manchester since 2014.

He has written for the stage, print media and for radio.

He utilises his writing and interpersonal skills within the community. www.manchestermenshealth.com

Tony is reading poems and stories at Rossendale


Dusk Performer: Alexander Donaldson

Alexander Donaldson (‘Zander’) is a graduate of Inverness college’s Higher Diploma in Drama and performance course.  He’s an all-round performance artist, and is relentlessly dedicated to the acting profession – currently working at Eden Court Theatre and being a mascot with Mascot Madness, having previously run a theatre group at Inverness Royal Academy.

Alexander is reading Dusk stories and poems at Inverness.

Inverness Playwrights

Dusk Performer: Karen Ankers

Karen will be reading poems and stories at Ynys Mon

Karen Ankers lives in Holyhead and has been an active member of the Ucheldre Rep for fourteen years, both as actor and director.  She is a founder member of her own award-winning company, Pakala Productions.  Her most recent role was Wendy, in Peter Quilter’s “Blind Date”.  She has portrayed a wide variety of parts and has acted in plays by Ayckbourn, Shakespeare, Priestley, and many others.  In 2009 she won the award of Best Actress at the Anglesey Drama Festival.  She also enjoys writing plays and has had work produced in the UK, USA, Australia and Malaysia.

Dusk Performer: Trefor Stockwell

Trefor Stockwell will be reading poems and stories at Ynys Mon

Sometime soldier, civil servant, actor/director, author and academic. Now living in Anglesey, but with connections in Bulgaria, Romania and Russia.

Dusk Performer: Ben Brinicombe

Ben Brinicombe will be reading stories and poems at Carlisle

Ben began acting as a child, staring in a number of productions at the Avril Dankworth National Music Camps and appearing in a wide variety of productions in Cumbrian Theatres ranging from Shakespeare to a stage version of Fawlty Towers!  He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and on the outdoor stage in Stratford-upon-Avon in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages Scheme.  Ben has recently put the finishing touches to his first feature-length movie, Definitive Therapy in which he acted, directed, edited and wrote the screenplay.  He is currently working on a number of short film projects with the Workington Playgoers Film Group.

Dusk Performers: The Story Republicans

The Story Republicans will read stories and poems, and sing at Redruth

Katie Kirk is a well-established folk singer and performer from West Cornwall with a background in community engagement, project development and environmental campaigns.

Keith Sparrow is a writer, actor, artist and performer based in Truro.

Alongside his role with The Story Republic, he runs regular manga drawing workshops across Cornwall, and performs with The Bowie Lounge, an eclectic, artistic response to the work of David Bowie. He has acted and sung with Cube Theatre, c-scape Dance Company, Miracle Theatre, Duchy Opera and Duchy Ballet to name a few.

Connie Crosby is an aspiring performer having performed with Cornwall Youth Theatre Company and Scary Little Girls. Currently she has an internship with cube theatre working on Victory Day with students at Penryn College and also runs Penryn’s Year 7 Drama Group. Connie has been part of a range of theatre performances taking place this year across Cornwall.

Melanie Young has a visual art focus and is a painter with experience of facilitating workshops in a range of settings, including care homes and schools. Recently her work has moved both into performance and collaboration. She joined The Story Republic in 2016.

The Story Republic

Dusk performer: Nell Dunn

Nell Dunn has worked in local radio for 17 years as a journalist,  producer and broadcaster.  She is a proud adopted Cumbrian with an interest in film and photography.

Nell is the Dusk host at Carlisle

Makers Market Blackheath Conservatoire

A slight change of pace from all the frenetic DUSK activity – I will be having a stall at Blackheath Conservatoire 19-21 Lee Road SE3 9RQ TOMORROW SUNDAY 17th December, selling books! If you are in the area drop in for a chat.

Unlike last weekend it is indoors and having seen some of the other stallholders work, I shall have to lock the cash away very firmly so i don’t spend it all on last minute gifts.

Dusk Performer: Grace Cookey-Gam

Grace Cookey-Gam trained at the City Lit, graduating in 2013. Recent roles include Melissa in Lynette Linton’s ground-breaking #Hashtag Lightie (The Arcola), Viv in Di and Viv and Rose (Stephen Joseph Theatre & the New Vic), Agnes in triple Offie nominated The Awakening (Brockley Jack), Ottalan in TV pilot Dawn (MGM), Tyrant Season 3 (Fox TV) & Justice League (Warner Bros). Grace is also a singer, with a music degree from Birmingham University, and busy voice over with a love for audio drama. She regularly reads for the Liars League and was a BBC Radio Drama Norman Beaton Fellowship semi-finalist in 2015.

Grace will be reading stories and poems for Dusk at Greenwich

Dusk Performer: Lisa Schneidau

Lisa Schneidau will be reading stories and poems at Warkleigh

Lisa is a storyteller and environmentalist based in Devon. An ecologist by training, she now divides her time between storytelling performances and managing environmental and wildlife projects. She draws on inspiration from her wildlife work and from traditions all over the world, to weave stories that talk of the land, and help to understand our complex relationship with it. 

Lisa helps to lead two story groups, one in Totnes and one in Chagford, and can be found telling stories at nature reserves, festivals, schools, charity events and venues all over the South West. Her recent work includes stories for Dartmoor National Park, RSPB, Transition Totnes and Devon Wildlife Trust; story and landscape activities with primary schools in north Devon as part of Beaford Arts’ ‘Hidden Histories’ project; story walks and performance for The Plough Arts Torrington and Wolf&Water’s ‘Reverend on the River’ project; and running storytelling training for new storytellers on Dartmoor. She has also written a book “Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland,’ to be published by the History Press in spring 2018.