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Spotlight back at The Storey next week

Author: 
John Freeman

Spotlight returns to The Storey, Lancaster next Friday (17th May), offering another great evening of writing in performance.

On the bill after the regular ”Open Mic” session are Rose Proudfoot, Barney Farmer, Ruth Snowdon, Chloe MacDonald, Steeve The Poet and Andy Whitfield.

Poet Ruth Snowdon owes a lot to the childhood book Dinosaur Poems, which roused her early passion for poetry. Nowadays, Ruth's poems are mostly inspired from her work as a Civil Engineer and a love of nature writing. There are often unusual things to see or imagine when involved with a construction project.

It’s Ruth's hope that these ordinary and extraordinary observations can be combined and shared via poems and prose. She is still looking for a rhyme for the word pterodactyl.

Barney Farmer has written for iconic British comic VIZ since 2002, with work including "Drunken Bakers", "The Male Online" and much, much more. His first novel Drunken Baker was published in May 2018 to some small glib critical acclaim, and it is anticipated a similar fate, at best, awaits his second, Coketown, when it appears this summer.

Studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University, poet Rose Produfoot says she writes some sad stuff, some funny stuff, one very bad poem about the River Mersey. “I feel bad for anyone who ends up in one of my poems and then hears it,” she says, “partly because most of what I've said usually isn't true.”

“"I have written since a young age,” says Chloe MacDonald, “and I aim for my poetry to take the form of a moment, a feeling, a story. I hope the audience enjoy the fragments of my imagination that I have to share."

Since first appearing as guest Compere at the fourth ever Spotlight in March 1996 Steeve the Poet has trod the Spotlight stage on dozens of occasions. His droll mix of witty, poignant and tragicomic poetry have often been accompanied by miniature keyboards, guitar and stylophone. When Googled, one may find quotes such as “His stage persona suggests one of Alistair Sim’s more lugubrious offspring.”

The evening round off with music from Andy Whitfield, who used to sing on the cabaret circuit in London in the 1970s. He worked as an actor at The Dukes in the 1980s, became Composer-in-Residence for Wigan in the nineties, and formed his Millennium choir in, wait for it, 2000. He makes stained glass windows and has written a book on charismatic religions in the nineteenth century. Tonight, sadly reduced to a ukulele, Andy will be selecting from his Songs for Everyday Emergencies.

The longest-running regular performance event in Lancaster, Spotlight was recently awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund which will ensure it keep running until May 2020.

• Spotlight Friday 17th May, The Storey, Lancaster in The Auditorium | Doors Open 7.00pm | Open Mic 7.15 - 7.45pm | (£5 / £3 students/unwaged/concessions) | Web: www.spotlightlancaster.co.uk | Facebook

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