Both Helen and Rick are undertaking a term long Creative Partnerships Wales project at Black Lane Primary school in the Wrexham area. This literacy-based residency includes storytelling, book making and music. Their next live perormance is a family session at the Hermon Chapel, Oswestry on Saturday March 31st starting at mid-day.
Helen also has an upcoming project with storyteller Debbie Guneratne in London. Called 'Cloth of Dreams', it is an intergenerational community storytelling project weaving together threads of people's stories, hopes and dreams, culminating in an inspiring new collaborative story cloth. It is based in the Church Street / Edgware Road district of Westminster.
Rick has been commissioned by Blist's Hill Museum, Telford to organise a group of drummers to prelude the performance of The Cornish Man Engine on Saturday April 14th. This 10m high moving, metal sculpture is doing a nationwide tour and will be a massive event in every way. A crowd of 2-3000 is expected for the all-day event but the drumming will herald the night time presentation. Doors open at 6.30pm. In addition, Rick is extending his programme of music sessions at The Redwoods Psychiatric Unit, Shrewsbury into 2018 and also resuming his popular public Drum Workshops at the Hermon Chapel Oswestry on Saturday March 17th at 12 mid-day. He is currently in the finishing stages of an album of original work 'Listening For The Place' with the poet Neil McKeown.
Helen and Rick are now developing a presence on soundcloud.com and some initial material can now be found by entering 'Helen East / Rick Wilson' under the storytelling category.
Similarly, Rick now has a Band Camp site that features original pieces, not otherwise available, that are homages to various artists who have had an influence on him. To access the site, go through Band Camp to sub-section devotional / inspirational.
Helen has a story featured in 'The Anthology of English Folktales' which has just been published by The History Press. This story was one of many found in Helen's most recent book 'London Folktales' (History Press) which received the Storytelling World Resource (USA) Award for 2015. It continues to sell well in both paper and kindle versions. Helen is one of the contributors to 'Storytelling for a Greener World'(Hawthorn Press),a book exploring environment, community and story-based learning, which was published in 2014. She is also a featured contributor to 'Landing Stages', a book of selections from the Ashden Directory of Environment and Performance 2000-14.
Meanwhile, Helen's previous book 'How the Olympics Came To Be'(British Museum publications),in partnership with the artist Mehrdokht Amini, received runner-up position at the Ace children's book awards for 2012.
"A story is like water that you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fire and your skin. It lets them meet, and it cleans you ! Very few can sit down in the middle of the fire itself like a salamander or Abraham. We need intermediaries." Rumi
"When the story is in your mind, then you see its relevance to something happening to you. With the loss of that, we've really lost something because we don't have a comparable literature to take its place". Joseph Campbell