Three tours into the 2017 season and I have had the chance to meet some amazing “walkers” on the Creepy Carmarthen Tour including two parties of holiday makers from Bristol as well as a number of locals. One of the new reviews on Trip Advisor sums the general response: Very informative, knowledgeable and engaging. Nick kept us entertained at all times and great value for money . Brilliant magic tricks added to the evening . Good for all ages considering some topics were quite grisly. The next tour will be on Wednesday 26th April – call 01267 231557 to book. www.creepycarmarthen.co.uk.
I’ve just attended the final committee meeting for this year’s amazing Llandeilo Literature Festival. Thanks to the inspired chairmanship of Christoph Fischer it has turned into an event which will be taking over the town from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April with venues ranging from a toy shop, art gallery, pub and civic hall to a renovated chapel. There are a host of excellent local writers taking part offering something for everyone, whatever their taste in books. More details on the festival website HERE.
Just in case you missed it – well it was very early this morning – I was on Country Focus on BBC Radio Wales. Rachael Garside was on location at Larkhill Tips and Yurts turning the focus on 2017, the Year of Legends. The show is a magazine programme focussing on people living on the countryside and gave me the chance to tell a story about Merlin and his days in Carmarthen and Fran and Tony the chance to show of some of their award-winning accommodation. Many thanks to producer Pauline Smith for inviting me to take part. You can listen to the programme by clicking HERE – available for the next 28 days.
What a day! The National Botanic Garden of Wales was packed for our Hwyl – a fun-filled day for all the family with a little bit of something for everyone from “rugby-tots” to craft workshops, theatre shows and butterflies, pottery-making to music session. I was running storytelling walks which proved so popular we had to add an extra one to meet demand. Congratulations to Nia and Lowri from the CTA and to Luci and Lisa for making it all work so well.
Congratulations to Jake and Pippa for making their creative debut on American TV. Their amazing mini-musical Red Riding Hood has just played at the Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth and cast member Molly Franco performed “Better” from the show on Good Morning Texas. Click HERE to watch.
This coming Wednesday the Carmarthenshire Tourism Association is organising a fun day out for all the family at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. A wide variety of exciting, indoor and outdoor activities are planned to make this a real Welsh experience whatever the weather. Timetabled events include Clocsio Fun with Tudur from S4C, a Roald Dahl Show called Imagine That, storytelling walks (that bit is me), stories and songs for the youngest members of the family and activities including pottery workships and “Rugby Tots”. More details available from the NBGW by following THIS link or by checking out the Facebook page HERE.
There’s another night’s worth of free entertainment this week at Caffi Iechyd Da. Tuesday night is an open mic night for entertainers of every kind – from musicians and poets to storytellers, magicians and writers. There is always a great atmosphere and contributors both new and old are warmly welcomed. If you would like to book an open mic spot in advance then please call David Kilvington (the creative genius beyond the poster) on 07931 915444. Or simply turn up on the night. See you on Tuesday.
So sorry to hear of the death of legendary broadcaster Brian Matthew. I had the great privilege of working with Brian as his producer on his BBC World Service show Matthew on Music. He was always the consumate professional with a huge knowledge of the recording business and the world of popular music. Whether he was interviewing a rock legend or a newcomer to the industry his questions were always sharp and incisive, drawing the very best out of his guests. RIP Brian – great memories, good times.
Looking for a night out with a difference? The Creepy Carmarthen Tour is a really unusual experience and quite unique among the UK’s historical tours. Celebrating the “horrible history” of the oldest town in Wales the walk explores some of the many weird and wonderful things that have happened here over the course of the last two millennia. Regular weekly tours run every Wednesday night from Easter until mid-October but private tours are available all year round. I cater for groups of every kind, from school trips and birthday parties to YFCs and WIs. I am running a private trip tonight – with a late night start to ensure that the town is good and dark for some of the really scary stories – and not least for our visit to the haunted police station.
. . . so good they asked for it twice! Many thanks to Leicester Magic Circle for asking me to pay a return visit in July. I don’t actually have a new lecture ready at the moment but Barry Martin, who made the booking, says that a number of their members missed me when I paid them a visit in January last year and they have added new members since so they will be happy to have me deliver it again. Nevertheless, I have some new material to include so it will be about 50% the original lecture and 50% some new stuff that I perform.