Helen and Rick's next live collaborative project will be the debut of 'Of Sea and Shore and the Worlds in Between'. This will be at the Roundhouse, Felin Uchaf Centre, Rhoshirwaun, Pwlheli LL53 8HS on Sunday August 19th at 7pm. The story material is largely drawn from these islands but also with other narratives from far and wide. Tickets, reservations and any enquiries can be made on 01758 780280.
Helen has just completed a project with storyteller Debbie Guneratne in London. Called 'Cloth of Dreams', it was an intergenerational community storytelling project weaving together threads of people's stories, hopes and dreams, culminating in 3 inspiring new collaborative story cloths. It was based in the Church Street / Edgware Road district of Westminster.
Rick continues to extend his programme of music sessions at The Redwoods Psychiatric Unit, Shrewsbury throughout 2018 and will resume his popular public Drum Workshops at the Hermon Chapel Oswestry on Saturday October 6th with a day-long session- 10.30 - 4.30pm that includes a vegetarian lunch. People of all abilities are welcome. Enquiries and booking can be done at www.hermonchapel.com or on 01691 662196. The cost is £24 and booking is essential as numbers are limited. Subsequently, his regular 2 hour autumn dates there will be on October 20th, November 17th and December 15th. Also at the Hermon, together with Hugh Lupton, is their performance of Beowulf on Sunday October 28th - a fitting way to pass from summer to autumn.
During the summer and early autumn, Rick will be working with the Shropshire Drama Company on music for their November performances of Henry V at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. With this longstanding Company, founded in 1946, he will be schooling the group on ways to intoduce rhythmic and percussive elements alongside the narrative.
Rick's new album, with the poet Neil McKeown 'Listening For The Place' was officially released in July. The video for 'Welsh Roofer' can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m34Xo1Wjno and the one for 'The Sixties' can be viewed through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojasWz67WZw
Live-wise, he has a date with The Street Band at The Oswestry Balloon Festival,Cae Glas Park Oswestry on August 25th (1pm).
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 bandcamp.com/artists/rickwilson
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