WIZARDMARRAS SOLFEST DIARY FOREPLAY DAY 1 Sunday 19th of August. 5 days and counting… In truth I haven’t been able to get round to writing anything regularly or anything near, as it has suddenly become too damn busy. The lists that must be made of names                     And names                             And names                                     All the same                                     For This & That And for meals, Drystone passes (all cumbered with Wainwright Walls and herdwicks) Mainstage back passages to sit among the Glitterati of badly drawn boys and chalked menu upon a blackout board. A Camping Kenneth Williams limp cloth wristbands to get you in. A Continue reading IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC.

Wizardmarras SOLFEST DIARY 1

WIZARDMARRAS SOLFEST DIARY FOREPLAY DAY 1 Tuesday 14th of August. 10 days and counting…   …Rain the size of peanuts has been falling on West Cumbria today creating mini rivers on the roads and small lakes wherever it could stop and party. Regardless of this in three days we begin to build a festival. A prospect I am finding incredibly daunting, looking back over my Solfest Diary for last year I was shocked to find that this time last year I had been living onsite for nearly a fortnight and things had begun. This year Seven Days to build a Continue reading Wizardmarras SOLFEST DIARY 1


Well, this is Holipops fault. She asked on the Solfest message board when my blog was starting again. I have, like with so many other things left my blog unattended this year. Yet there has been so much that has happened to me that I should have kept it up. Like my travels around the county with Karen as she’s doing Market Research stuff, in the course of which (while searching for it in toy shops) I discover Knottie in one (not realising that of course if I walk into a fancy dress shop in Kendal It’s pretty much a Continue reading HOLIPOP HOLIPOP OO LALLY HOLIPOP


SOLFEST 2006 – THE EVENT, BACKSTAGE AND ALL THAT SATURDAY. Well, the plan was to write Fridays blog live and upload it from the BBC Bus that had established itself at Solfest. It’s plain that that didn’t occur, so what was I doing on Saturday morning. Sleeping that’s what, and when I finally extricated myself from my tent it was only an hour or so before my first storytelling session of the festival. My first stop was the canteen. I cannot be unstinting in my praise for Debbs and her team of WONDERFUL HARD WORKING KITCHEN STAFF. The food that Continue reading SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY TOO!