Boy, THAT was a month. The Full English conference in Birmingham rounded June off, but the highlight of July was the premiere of Out of the Silence at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival – an hour’s storytelling on the lives of the Conscientious Objectors of World War One, with songs by Shonaleigh – followed by a dash to Portsmouth to tell it again for the Cultures of Commemoration conference at the university. The main thing upcoming in August is the third Creative Writing and Narrative Arts summer school at Halsway Manor. One or two places still available. Then Whitby Folk Week and Towersey Festival … and that’s August.