David Almond and Kathryn Tickell with Amy Thatcher: The Tales and Tunes Tour
Photograph by Georgia Claire

Events: Tales & Tunes

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My next book festival is in Argentina in November!

Kathryn Tickell & David Almond
with Amy Thatcher

I’ve always loved Kathryn Tickell’s music. We’ve already worked together a couple of times. We wrote a song – Song of the Tyne – that was premiered at The Sage Gateshead, sung by dozens of children from schools by the river. I’ve written a book about her and her father, Mike. It’s called The Dam, and it’ll be published next year by Walker Books with wonderful artwork by Levi Pinfold.

When Kathryn suggested we might share a stage together, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with her and with Amy Thatcher, to create a show that brings our words and music together in a new kind of harmony. It makes total sense. Words can be like music. Tunes can tell a tale. Before the printed page existed, stories were sung like songs. Our show is a blend of words and music, is called Tales and Tunes, and we’re taking it around the country this autumn.

October 21
Manchester Folk Festival
HOME Theatre, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN
Tel: 0161 200 1500
October 25
Saltburn Theatre, Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorkshire, TS12 1JW
Tel: 01287 624997
October 26
Gala Theatre Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
Tel: 03000 266 600
October 27
The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1SE
Tel: 0191 258 4111
October 28
Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PQ.
Tel: 01665 510 785
October 29
Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5DJ
Tel: 017687 74411
October 31
Hebden Bridge Trades Club, Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 8EE
Tel: 01422 845265
November 1
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Atwood Road, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF
Tel: 01628 788997
November 2
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
Tel: 020 7485 2206
November 3
Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DZ
Tel: 01225 860100