It's a crab by Sarah Wilson

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It's a new EP, called

The Beast.

It's going to feature an 

amazing lineup, and of course

I have a crazy music video planned

stay tuned...

It's a picture I made of Pinks the Lynx

hi

it's november

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I dreamt of geese flying overhead in formation

and when I woke my father called.


‘I have sad news’ he said.


We exhausted each other

But you

loved me.
Mean sometimes, jealous, old fashioned.

But love. steady as the ocean’s coursing waves,
deep as its implausible depth


tiresome, difficult sometimes
but love

which lived in your stomach,

(thick and muscular with years of breathing

into it

and out.)
You served it with a filling 
of apricot jam,

dusted with snowy sugar.


you curled your hair

lined your eyes
I slept.
you sat
the geese flew
you shivered
i turned over
you went softly sideways.

i woke
he called.

and still.


steady as the ocean’s coursing waves,

deep as its implausible depth.

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Nov 12. At Oso Jazz in Bedford

A tiny, lovely little venue with great

food where I’ll be playing some

of my favourite jazz standards. Click

Nov 19. At London Jazz Festival

I’m playing in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre 

with Tom Harris and Aaron Wood as part of

the Take Five Showcase. Click

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UK theatre awards update

Last weekend I went down to London for the UK Theatre awards and incredibly, I won!  'Best Supporting Performer in a Play or Musical! Wild scenes. But, I heard from a reliable source that you shouldn't put things in a newsletter that are already on social media (I'm new to this), so here is some behind the scenes juice:

  1. I travelled down to London on an elegant National Express bus!

  2. The entree served at the awards was a goats cheese on a Welsh cake!

  3. The night before I ate the best Malaysian food I've had in the UK (I'm Malaysian so this is big), at Normah's in Queensway Market. You should go!

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This is​ the incredible work of 

Heather Chambers,

a Stockport based illustrator, muralist, artist, and art director.

I've had the pleasure of working with Heather on a bunch of creative projects– she actually did the cover art for the 'Friends With Monsters' zine.

She has a number of originals for sale right now, and she has recently completed some incredible murals in peoples homes. Check out her website, and follow her insta!

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This is​ a video of a wonderful jazz singer, Lucy-Anne Daniels singing the gorgeous tune 'Pure Imagination'.  

I've had the pleasure of hearing Lucy-Anne sing on the upcoming debut album from my dear friend and collaborator Tom Harris, and she is phenomenal! 

Go watch this video and then support Tom by preordering the album, I promise it's going to be very special!

thank you for reading

the newsletter

See you back here next month

So you probably signed up to my mailing list quite a while ago and never heard from me. But great news, I’m doing mail now! And here it is:

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It's a picture of a jellyfish by Molly O'Donoghue

It's a little cartoon I made

of a dog I know, Charlie

travels backwards r&d

My October is all about writing. Next month I start an R&D with the incredible Yandass Ndlovu and her dance collective I M Pact. We’ll bring five improvising musicians and five dancers into musical conversation. The piece we’re making is based around a delightful Elizabeth Bishop poem, The Man-Moth, and we’ll have a whole story and set eventually. But right now, the R&D is about exploring what kind of language we can create between the dancers and musicians, so we’re trying to hold ourselves back from getting too stuck into the details. I’m writing sketches of the music, but leaving big empty spaces for us to explore and play.

UK theatre awards nomination

In wild news, I found out last week I’ve been nominated for a UK Theatre Award for ‘Best Supporting Performance in a Play or Musical’ for my role as the bird in ‘Kes’ earlier this year. If you didn’t see Kes then that’s really sad, because it was a beautiful play. It was put together by just an incredible team of creatives and brought to life by Harry Egan and Jake Dunn who I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. The award ceremony is October 23, at Guildhall in London so tune in to the November newsletter to find out what happens next I guess.

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Luca Shaw has made this stunning booklet, ‘Lusting’. I have it and you should get it too. Buy it here.

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Incredible singer and songwriter Caitlin L M Has a new live video out for her song ‘Root’ and it’s lush. Watch it here.

Nov 1. At Creative Space Manchester

Upstairs at the Slug and Lettuce in Didsbury.

Come see the quintet playing some of my

new songs for the very first time.  Click

Nov 12. At Oso Jazz in Bedford

A tiny, lovely little venue with great

food where I’ll be playing some

of my favourite jazz standards. Click

Nov 19. At London Jazz Festival

I’m playing in the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre 

with Tom Harris and Aaron Wood as part of

the Take Five Showcase. Click

thank you for reading

the newsletter

See you back here next month

hello it's october

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