End of Year Update

As it’s the last day of the year, it seemed like the right time to do a big update and get all the information I have about the tour actually on the blog and out in the public domain.

Before that though, a quick update on me. From the moment I started organising the tour, it’s been the organising itself that has caused me most stress. I’m not someone who likes to ask for help, and so having to ask lots of random strangers to help me organise this has been a challenge for me. However, I’ve been blown away by the kindness of the responses I’ve received. This tour wouldn’t be possible without some truly lovely people who’ve stepped in to help.

Although I’m still stressed about the organisation, (a couple of gigs in particular are still very much blank spaces at the moment) it’s definitely now the cycling that’s becoming the main fear for me.

As I mentioned in a previous post I’ve not been feeling amazingly fit at the moment, I’ve had at least three really heavy, chesty colds over the past few months, each one blurring into the other. The latest one kicked in after Christmas and knocked me out for a couple of days. I’m just slowly starting to get over it now – but still coughing away.

The thought of cycling anywhere at the moment doesn’t exactly fill me with joy, let alone doing silly miles day after day – which is now less that two months away. Eeek. I think a trip to the doctors is in order when I get back home after new year. Dammit – this goes against all my manly* instincts.

*stubbornness and stupidity

So, to cheer myself up. I’ll tell you more about my ace updates! To stop this post becoming crazy long I’ll eventually put  full bios etc up on the gig pages, but for now:

In Southampton on the 22nd of Feb, I’ll be starting my tour ably supported by the awesomeness of local favourites Ricky Tart and Stewart Taylor. Holding the evening together in his poetic arms will be  Matt West, otherwise known as Mr Southampton Poetry. Well, that’s what I call him anyway. There’ll also be open mike opportunities for those who want to speak words as well.

In Bristol on the 23rd. We’ve got the fantastic (and soon to be published) Stef Mo performing. Ex Southampton favourite Jenn Hart will be managing proceedings and speaking some punky poems. There’ll be open mike and I’m planning another awesome poet – yet to be announced.

In London on the 1st of March I’ve got the stellar line up of Amy Mcallister and Rob Auton joining me. This one’s gonna be mega! As well as of course, some open mikers from the awesome London poetry scene. Don’t miss this one!

In Brighton on the 2nd of March We’ve got Louie Syred, who is not only performing, but has organised the whole thing as well – he’s a star! We also have the marvelous Natasha Moscoviki. Before all that there’s the obligatory open mike, and I’m sure Brighton will do us proud.

Finally we get Reading on the 3rd. Having started in Southampton surrounded by friends, I want to end surrounded by friends in Reading. So, we’ve got the rather large, and very French Michael ‘Gulliver’ Vidon in charge of the microphone and seducing us all with his words. We’ve also got Matt West heading up to from Southampton to do a set and probably we’ll have a whole load of other stuff going on too. Followed by me getting very emotional no doubt.

Phew, that’s all I’ve got to give right now. As you can tell there’s lots still to be sorted out (not least my fitness) before now and the 22nd of Feb when it all kicks off, but we’re getting there.

Having listed some of the fun things going on with the tour, this is a good point at which to remind myself why I’m doing all this. In 2014, the world lost Lizzie Lee, and I and others, lost a great friend. So on 2014’s last day I know who I’ll be raising a glass to.

If you’d like to sponsor me, and support the fantastic charities that Lizzie worked so tirelessly for please click the link below. All donations are massively appreciated.

badge9Hope you have a fantastic new year, and I hope to see you somewhere on the road…

More charities confirmed… almost there!

A quick update to say that my roster of charities is almost filled. Have a look here to see the latest updates from Cambridge, Manchester, Brighton, Bristol and Birmingham. Only one more to go then I can turn my charities list all the way up to eleven! Hell yeah!

Remember, if you want to support any of the local charities, turn up to a gig! Or tell your friends to go to a gig, or look up their address, shove some cash in an envelope and send it to them – cut out the middleman!

I’ve got some ace gig updates to come, so even if you don’t want to support a charity but you love a bit of awesome poetry, then still rock up to a gig.

And if you want to sponsor my legs and support No5 and/or Launchpad…

badge9I know it’s a bad time of year to be asking for money, but I can assure that sponsoring me is a guaranteed way to get into Santa’s good books – and I’ve seen your facebook posts, I know you’ve been naughty, you need all the help you can get.