With dreams too numerous to list, I am still astounded to have, along with Tim and Dennis, finally brought Thinking On Your Feet kicking and smiling into this world.
We are very proud to have got this far so soon.
My interests are wide and various and reach into the arts and beyond.
The ability and need to travel is hopefully continuing to broaden my mind and deepen my understanding of what it means to be in and of this world…whilst also….just possibly, providing glimpses of the next.
It is my firm belief that travel, the arts and an enquiring interest in our world can make us heroes….and for more than one day.
Influences ? My family, Alexander the Great, Bob Dylan, Iain Sinclair, Lawrence Durrell, Jimi Hendrix, Constantine Cavafy, Marco Polo ….and anyone who truly thinks on their feet.
Dream Harder !
Having left teaching in 2015, I began writing. My first collection, Ways to Bottle Sunshine, was published the following year and launched at The Poetry Society’s Covent Garden performance space. This was followed a year later by Through the Centre to the River, an experimental piece focusing on life in London and people met during the course of a year. The third and final volume of the Dance First Trilogy, chips & peas etc, is due in 2021.
I performed my work in New York, Helsinki and, most recently, in Alice Springs. My first illustrated booklet focusing on travel writing – How did you find me here? – was premiered at The Sula Gallery in May 2018. The follow-up, It was on a day just like this, will be part of the Guernsey Literary Festival Fringe in May , 2019.
I have also undertaken collaborations with artists and performers. Looking Out From The Edge of Albion (East) published in the autumn of 2018 is the first of two volumes focusing on the English coastline. A two year project with etcher Nicola Troll, the second collection, West, is due out in the winter/spring of 2020.
At present, I am working on a commission set in Hampshire with performers Chloe Johanna Wigmore and Melissa Goring which combines the natural and mystical worlds. Due out later this year, Time Now Best Spent Colouring Outside The Lines is an extended observational piece focusing on my mother’s dementia.
Since my first visit to Guernsey in 2016, I have been inspired by the unique landscape, the vibrant literature, the meat draws at the L’Eree, the incredible history and most especially by the people I have met to write several pieces, many of which have been performed at events around the island.
Dennis Le Prevost
I retired in 2016 from a life-long career in IT freeing myself to focus on other interests. Alongside a love of music, collected over six decades and a regular supporter of local gigs, my passion for amateur filmmaking surpasses most of his other pastimes with the possible exception of motorcycles. During my first year of retirement I travelled through 30 European countries in just 90 days. And yes it was also filmed for a documentary Faster Than My Mind but owing to the high production costs the film has yet to be released.
My first scripted short film titled Bonnie Lass contrasts a 1950s visual style with a contemporary sound track. These metaphors tell the story of two love affairs; motorcycles and the more traditional meaning, which transcend generations.
Having taken on the role of branch director for Guernsey Independent Film Productions (being rebranded Mighty Filmmakers – Guernsey), I now support other independent filmmakers with hands-on production support, running film courses and co-hosting the Guernsey International Film Festival.
Whilst enjoying life to the full, the one problem with my retirement is still not having enough time to do everything I would ideally like to do!