I have spent the last week sorting out archive boxes full of essays, stories, my mother’s notes, pages of family history, photos of our marionettes taken over several years.
There was an early journal about a school journey to France in 1956. I remember the trip made a big hole in the family finances but it started a love of France that stayed with me.
I also found a fan letter in the papers dated 1959 and realised that it was not long after the school trip that I was touring in Variety on my own!
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‘The Puppeteer’s Daughter’
John McCullough –
‘The Puppeteer’s Daughter ‘
I have read poems at Pighog and Pier Poets in Brighton and at Troubadour up in London. The poems explore the complexity of life as the daughter of marionette makers and performers. But there are also poems concerned with life, love and loss, the seaside, artists, allotments and the eccentricities of life.
Some of the poems were written during a residency in Postman’s Park in the City of London, thanks to The Poetry School ‘Mixed Borders’ and ‘Open London Squares Weekend.’
Other news –
Like many others I find January and February quite depressing so have been grateful for the following:
My friend Maggie showed me a collage she had made. Told me it was a Mandala and gave me a lovely circle of hand made paper. But said can also be done on a pizza base!
Knew there were spiritual connections but did not look up until finished mine below – just now! Recommended…calming, absorbing. Going to put mine up somewhere.–
so were they
one of those lovely moments.
Absolutely delightful! x
What a lovely selection of memories. Who was the Ventrilogist was it Terry Hall ?
It was ARTHUR WORSLEY – in his heyday, described as the greatest ventriloquist in the world. My father was commissioned to make the doll.. x…
Thank you x
Thank you x
These are great! I inherited one of the larger collections of puppets in the US recently, and so I am one with you in the time-consuming process of cataloging things. I’d love to talk with you when you are finished about representing your family in the collection – we are working with an organization to mount and tour the collection – exciting and terrifying at the same time.
Kudos to you for doing this and making sure that important parts of puppetry history (and cultural history by extension) don’t disappear!
Pix Smith, Dallas Puppet Theater
Thank you it would be brilliant to talk to you in the near future