Sheffield has a rich musical history; alongside its industrial heritage, rhythm seems to be everywhere sometimes. A simple walk into Sheffield city centre can be a musical adventure in itself.
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Last week’s guest curator of ‘A Wondrous Place’ Lesley Taker asked me the following question:
‘Which bit of Sheffield could you not be without? Be it a place, a happening, a particular area…’
Definitely different bits for different times in my life: it’s evolved for me as a place as I’ve changed over the years. As a child, Castle Markets with my Nan; as a teenager, all the cinemas (at least 2 or 3 of which no longer exist, e.g. Gaumont where I first saw ‘Back to the Future’, ABC where I saw ‘Ghostbusters’); as a young adult, certain pubs/clubs (The Washington, Offbeat). Now I love the area in which I live – Crookes. It’s quite hilly, but flattens out at the top for the little ‘High Street’; a smattering of charity shops, a deli, bakers, newsagent, a couple of local supermarkets amongst other things, yet retains a small charming villagey feel. In one direction I can walk for 20 minutes and be in the countryside (Rivelin Valley), walk in the other direction for 20 minutes I can be in the city centre!
Next week’s guest curator on ‘A Wondrous Place’ is Sarah-Clare Conlon from Manchester. Here’s my question for Clare: ‘What in, or about, your city inspires you, has surprised you or has restored your faith in humanity?’
Thanks so much to Chris at Northern Spirit for all his help and inviting me to have another turn at curating ‘A Wondrous Place’ – it’s a great project with a warm heart, and it’s an honour to have some of my doodles included. Thanks also to the cast of characters who have featured throughout my life and my cartoons so far – it’s all of you and our own stories that build our picture of the world around us that I find inspiring. I have many creatively inspirational friends, some who have been especially inspiring, encouraging and supportive of projects I’ve worked on over the years and I’d like to add special mention to a select few (in no particular order) – Rob Richardson, Jim Connolly, Anjan Sarkar, Elodie G, Jack Straker, Paul Dorrington, Lizzie Biscuits, Andy Jupp and Julie Cooper at Charity Shop DJ, Adrian Flanagan, Mark Wainwright – here’s to future adventures! And, of course, Mr Tassles, Little Tassles and my parents for putting up with my ongoing shenanigans.
Based in Sheffield, I love film, comics, everything kitsch, weird, 1950s-60s, horror, sci-fi, and creative projects: playing music, sewing, painting, occasional DJ-ing. Creative focus at present is on my indie art-rock band Flying Wing and I doodle cartoon diary blog posts inbetween other stuff.