Ian Clayton has been out to China to work at the University of Changchun for two months. As well as the work, he also got a bit of time to travel around. Here are a few photos.
We were humbled by the array of talent that came to support Steve and Olivia for the launch of their book, and the legions of fans / friends and ex-members who travelled to witness the spectacle. Here’s a selection of photos from the night.
The star attractions Olivia Piekarski and Steve Hanley at the soundcheck
Olivia Piekarski reading
Our question master, the lovely Sarah Walters
On guitar the legendary Colin Burns, an unsung star of the story
A touch of class on the keyboards, a delight: Fall founder member Una Baines
The shy and retiring John Robb exploding into Release the Bats and Totally Wired
Yer Granny on Bongos. Totally Wired. The amazing Shirley.Friedman
The mighty Tom Hingley burning up The Killing Moon
A Fall reunion party: Si Wolstencroft, Paul Hanley, Grant Showbiz, Marcia Schofield, Brix Smith Start
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Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski signing the 300 numbered edition of The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall. These books have now sold out.
You can still order advance copies if you want a copy before the official release date. Place your order here. (Books despatched week beginning 14 July 2014) Official release date 15 September 2014.
The first insider’s account of life inside The Fall, Steve Hanley’s story unfolds like a novel; from 1979 when he joined his schoolmates Marc Riley and Craig Scanlon in The Fall, he puts us right in the heart of the action: on stage, on the tour bus, in the recording studio, and up close and personal with an eccentric cast of band mates. These vividly drawn scenes give unprecedented insight into the intense, highly-charged creative atmosphere within The Fall and their relentless work ethic which has won them a dedicated cult following, high-art respectability and a unique place in popular music history.
Foreword by Marc Riley
On this longest day, to celebrate the awarding of a PhD to M Y Alam, the birthday of photographer Kevin Reynolds and our meeting today with Ada Wilson, we were prompted to dig into our archive for this photo, taken outside Route HQ in 1999.
The Desperados are (L to R) Andy Campbell, Ian Daley, Ada Wilson and M Y Alam. Photo by Kevin Reynolds.
Ian Clayton presenting the David Jones-Joe Green Memorial Lecture at the NUM HQ.
The David Jones-Joe Green Memorial Lecture is an annual event held by the NUM to remember two miners killed on the picket line during the 1984-85 strike. Past speakers have included Dennis Skinner MP, the journalist Paul Foot as well as NUM Life President Arthur Scargill. This year Ian was invited to present the lecture. He told stories about growing up in a pit town, about coming from a family of miners and he read from his book Bringing It All Back Home to illustrate aspects of his childhood. He drew a standing ovation.
Ian said later, ‘I was a bit nervous, because the inner sanctum at the union headquarters is a powerful building with famous union leaders of the past staring down at you from the walls. You stand at the same lectern where great calls to arms have been made in the past and that can be a bit overwhelming in itself. I tried my best to tell a story that would mean something to miners, I think I must have done alright because David Jones’s father came up to me afterwards, put his arms round me and kissed me.’
Photos from the Edinburgh launch party of Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge, held at Hemma on Holyrood Road, Friday 9th November.