Helen and Rick's next live collaborative project will be the debut of 'Of Sea and Shore and the Worlds in Between'. This is scheduled to be at the Roundhouse, Aberdaron on Sunday August 19th at 7.30pm. The story material is largely drawn from these islands but also with other narratives from far and wide.
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 is also running his popular public Drum Workshops at the Hermon Chapel Oswestry on Saturday June 23rd and Saturday July 21st at 12 mid-day. His new album, with the poet Neil McKeown 'Listening For The Place' will be officially released in July. He also has dates with The Street Band at the Chirk Bank festival on June 24th and at Cae Glas Park Oswestry on August 5th.
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