LEO ATKIN has been an actor for 40 years, and has recently returned from playing George, the boxing coach, and covering Billy’s Dad, in Billy Elliot the Musical UK tour. Other work includes: Feste in Twelfth Night and Rev. Humphrey in See How They Run, to rave reviews, both for Original Theatre Company; Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for the Octagon Theatre, Bolton; Lear in an acclaimed international tour of King Lear for ADG Europe; Grandfather in The Old Curiosity Shop for NTC; Old Gobbo & Duke in Merchant of Venice for Northern Broadsides Theatre Co.; Dick Whittington and Beauty and the Beast for the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Squire Trelawney in Treasure Island with Birmingham Stage Co.; Dr von Whackoff in Saucy Jak and the Space Vixens at the Albany Stage for the National Theatre. And on TV: Coronation Street, Doctors, Merseybeat, Coasting and 999 for the BBC.
Leo wil be reading stories and poems for Dusk at Lancaster
Math Jones will read poems and stories at Greenwich.
Math Jones is a poet and a writer, but also acts on stage and screen as Math Sams. He trained in acting and mime with the City Lit, and enjoyed some initial successes in Shakespeare, in fringe theatre, and at MOMI. Then, after many years as a bookseller, he returned to acting, graduating from Birmingham School of Acting in 2009. Since then, he’s toured with several schools’ and children’s shows (A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz and others), played more open-air Shakespeare, appeared in several feature films (The Truth, Turbulence…), under-studied in the West End, and most recently debuted at Park Theatre, Finsbury Park. He combines poetry and acting in his one-man presentation: The Knotsman, which will be published as a book by Arachne Press in 2019
Hosts: Euan Kelly and Bill Kelly Performers: Haworth Hodgkinson and Catriona Yule BSL Interpreter: Bruce Cameron
Alex Reece Abbott, MacFarquhar’s Bed
Patrick Gale, Sleep Tight
Intuitive Music Aberdeen: Intuitive music based upon the Winter Solstice mode from Haworth Hodgkinson’s Dundee Ambient
Mandy Macdonald, Gloaming
Joy Howard, Factory
Jane Aldous, After the Sun, Before the Stars
Eileen Carney Hulme, Blue Hour
Alice Tarbuck, Decoration of a Fermented Season
Alison Lock, Crow Haibun
Sue Johnson, The Shortest Day
Michelle Penn, End of Ramadan
Katerina Watson, Threshold
Cath Bore, The Dusk Runner
Jill Sharp, The Dogs of Delhi
Ness Owen, Female Blackbird Sings (in Welsh and English)
Jeremy Dixon, Driving to Blackpool to Visit My Sister
Nicholas McGaughey, Magic Hour
Stevie Krayer, Sleeping Out
Carl Griffin, Sea’s Wedding
Fiona & Gorwel Owen, Releasing Birds and Y Gwydd
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.