Author and journalist David Barnett looks set to have his successful novel Calling Major Tom turned into a film. David, a former Lancashire Post and Wigan Post journalist, tells AASMA DAY his story and how redundancy gave him the push to follow his dreams. “I didn’t think working class kids like me grew up to become writers. I thought it was something you had to be posh or clever to do.”Succinctly summing up his views as a youngster, David Barnett smiles wryly as today he writes almost constantly juggling working as a freelance journalist with writing fiction and penning comic strips and he can’t imagine a world without written words.David who had a long career in regional newspapers, including the Lancashire Post and Wigan Post, now works as a freelance journalist for most of the UK national press and is the author of several novels.His book, Calling Major Tom, a heartwarming comedy about an unexpected astronaut who has given up on the world and strikes up an … [Read more...] about “Redundancy gave me the push I needed to follow my dreams”
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A SHIRLEY man and a lifelong friend have teamed up for a special inter-generational performance in aid of Age UK Solihull. With half a century between them, Matthew Long from Solihull and friend John Walton from Lincolnshire have formed an unlikely musical partnership. According to the pair, they hope to break down some of the stereotypes, placed on both the young and old, centred on an inter-generational divide. The event takes place on Thursday May 24 at Solihull Methodist Church Hall from 2pm. There will also be a performance from local dance group ‘Ladies Who Dance’. Matthew says: “Our friendship was never highlighted in the first instance by an age difference. We shared much common ground through mutual passions and career paths. The fact that there is a 50-year age gap between us made no difference. “We first made contact through a mutual friend, Malcolm MacFarlane, editor of the International Bing Crosby magazine and first met in person at their 2013 … [Read more...] about Shirley man and friend 50 years older to perform in aid of Age UK Solihull
The government claimed that Universal Credit (UC) would be a ‘fairer and simpler system’ for claimants. But as it continues to be rolled out, more problems come to the fore, and early indications suggest that the move towards UC ‘full service’ across the country will lead to even greater disparities in claimants’ experience. These disparities are likely to be felt particularly harshly by Gypsies and Travellers – yet there’s a paucity of information about them. We already know from the EHRC’s analysis of tax and welfare reforms since 2010, which looked at tax changes, benefits, tax credits and UC, that those on lower incomes are being hit the hardest. But what the EHRC research doesn’t look at is the differential impact on smaller marginalised groups. The survey data which underpins its analysis (the Family Resources Survey and the Living Costs and Food Survey) condenses ‘England/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, Irish, … [Read more...] about Is Universal Credit ‘Fairer And Simpler’ For Gypsies And Travellers?
Leeds Library in pictures 0 Have your say This year marks the 250th Anniversary of The Leeds Library, which will be celebrated throughout the year with a full programme of exhibitions, displays, talks, writing and performances, showing the rich history of this library over the past two and half centuries. But what do we know of it’s past?The early days of The Leeds LibraryFounded in 1768 after an advertisement was placed in the Leeds Intelligencer, which is now actually the Yorkshire Post, The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK.A subscription library, also known as a membership library, is a library that is financed by private funds either from membership fees or endowments. Access is often restricted to members, but access rights can also be given to non-members.The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley, an 18th-century theologian, philosopher, chemist, and innovative grammarian, who produced over … [Read more...] about Looking back on the 250-year history of The Leeds Library
PUBLISHED: 09:40 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 28 March 2018 Sam Gelder Charlie, second right with his wife Phyllis. Rock steady star Alton Ellis is in the middle. Archant Reggae pioneer and co-founder of Dalston’s legendary Four Aces Club Charlie Collins, aka Sir Collins, has died aged 81. Charlie Collins has died aged 81. Charlie launched the Dalston Lane venue in 1967 with Newton Dunbar, naming it after the image on the soundsystem he had built and toured the country with. The club was at the heart of the black music scene that emerged following the arrival of Afro-Caribbean immigrants, and played host to Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley. It was housed in the old Dalston Theatre, the foyer of which Charlie was already running as Rambling Rose and Club C. It was there that he was MC for a 1966 concert by Motown’s hottest new act Stevie Wonder. The same year the Four Aces opened, Charlie returned to Jamaica to produce rock steady records with childhood … [Read more...] about Charlie Collins: Reggae pioneer and founder of Dalston’s legendary Four Aces Club dies aged 81