Day 28: ‘The period we are living through does indeed need to be immortalised in art – I want to make my very own small contribution to that’

Contributor: Tony:

Tony is writing monologues to be performed at the next Everybody’s Reading festival

Writing for this project has been a godsend, and well-done Mark and Richard for coming up with the idea. 

But I also need to think about my own writing.

After all, I do title myself since retiring from the last day job (forty-six years is very long day), as a self-employed writer. 

So, I have started work on a series of monologues in the style of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads.

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to play Graham in one of Bennett’s pieces, A Chip In The Sugar.  

I enjoyed it greatly and the review from my director was that it was the best role that he had ever seen me in. 

I am working towards my own monologues being performed at the annual Leicester Everybody’s Reading festival this coming October.  

That is, of course, if we are in a position to have a festival, and if not, I suppose they will have to wait until 2021. 

Of course, the material in our street diary is rich futile ground for any writer, but let me assure everyone that I will create from and not pinch your contributions. 

Even Shakespeare needed his stimuli, and the period we are living through does indeed need to be immortalised in art.

I want to make my very own small contribution to that.   

I hope some of you will see the final result to enjoy, but also to draw your own conclusions on whether I have been true to my word. 

Day 28: A podcast in which we discuss Pink Floyd, the number of cars on the Hinckley Road, and work

Contributor: Richard:

Following on from Day 20’s podcast, in which Mark and I discussed my current obsession with the 1980s and 1990s and whether Mark has been dreaming, we turned our attention to 70’s music (especially The Bee Gees), our views of labour (alienating or purposeful), the number of cars on the Hinckley Road in Leicester as a measure of desire for herd immunity, and the potential for democratic planning rather than competition. Fun, huh?!

You can listen over at Richard’s blog.