So another St Ives Arts Festival draws to a close. And what a festival it was, taking place over the two weeks between Saturdays 6th - 20th September. As with the Edinburgh Festival, there's a plethora of events around the official one, and it's here that I like to hang out.
I got to play my second stand-up comedy gig at the Western's St Ives Comedy Club, MCd this time by the jolly Matt Price who keeps order with a steel fist of fun.
I also got to sing, recite poetry and even MCd the lunchtime poetry and music sessions in Norway Square while Bob Devereux was away, in between soaking up the sun on Porthmeor Beach and stuffing my face with Cornish pasties, Cornish clotted cream ice cream, and clotted cream. Did I mention there was clotted cream?
Anyway, here's a small selection of photos from a fabulous two weeks. I may have to post these in batches.
My video from the 2006 festival featuring Bob Devereux, Charles Shaar Murray, Buffalo Bill Smith, Rod Bullimore and others can be seen here
St Ives harbour at dusk
Just in case we forget St Ives is a working fishing harbour, here's a landing of mackerel
"The Old Fella", an old bull seal who follows the fishing boats and gets fed
Anna Chen MCs the final lunchtime poetry and music sessions in Norway Square, Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September
Paul Healy, Rod Bullimore and Charles Shaar Murray
Martyn Barker and Paul Healy
Norway Square, St Ives
Weird Sleeping Kittens
Steve and Linda Jones, and Anna
Dorcas McIntosh (looking like Lauren Bacall) who recited a poem and appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Island during the festival
Paul Healy, Keir and Phil
Anna reads "Wreath Lecture"
(Wonder where all that clotted cream went ... If I hadn't been wearing such a stupid short top I wouldn't have had to crop the photo so ruthlessly)
Charles Shaar Murray and Buffalo Bill Smith
Steve Jones joined by Charles Shaar Murray
Anna's MC-eye-view of the lovely audience ...
Norway Square finale with all that day's musicians plus me and Linda
- About: British Chinese poet, writer and broadcaster Anna Chen
- On the radio
- Arts Reviews
- The Steampunk Opium Wars
- Foot and Mouth Campaign
- RSC The Orphan of Zhao controversy
- A Bad Case of the Trots
- Reaching for my Gnu: poetry
- Print Room protest: In the Depths of Dead Love chronology
- Poetry Live!
- Yellow Peril Orientalism