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Trickster travels to Scotland

Nancy Charley, author of The Gospel of Trickster, takes her show to the north of Scotland and announces her appearance in October in the very south of England at the Canterbury Festival


Imagine waking each morning to see the sunrise through your window and hear the gentle lapping of the waves on the shore. That was the delight that awaited me at my hostess’s home when Trickster travelled to Rosemarkie on the Black Isle in northeast Scotland. I’d never been that far north in Scotland before, and I was awed by the scenery and doubly blessed with mild and clement weather.


At the invitation of Helen Robinson, the performance of The Gospel of Trickster took place in her spacious lounge. This was filled with a bevy of local people who made up a very appreciative audience. I so love performing in this kind of venue when the intimate setting enables the audience to participate in the journey of the story. Also, it encourages open discussion about the piece, which, in this case, was particularly helped by Helen’s generosity in serving post-show cheese and wine.


I was so involved in and excited by the evening that I completely forgot about doing the officialdom things like taking publicity photos. But, instead, here’s one of the (very few) photos I took whilst away. Walking along the beach I came across these turnstones. I stopped to watch them for quite a while. They are one of the Tricksters of the bird world – able to turn over stones equivalent to their own weight in their search for food.



After such a lovely time, what comes next for Trickster? Well, I’ve been invited to go back to the Black Isle and with such warmth of audience and beautiful scenery, who can say no? So, hopefully I will head up there again in the spring or summer of 2020 and arrange some other events at the same time in the region.


Meanwhile Trickster is appearing as part of the Canterbury Festival. On Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm, The Gospel of Trickster will be at the Friends’ Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury, CA1 2AS. There will also be an open mic at this event for all your poems of mischief and mayhem.


For more information, please see https://www.facebook.com/events/2553286718066939/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1570448584513040

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