Apologies if you saw a blog post accidentally posted yesterday. Perhaps you might have imagined it – that’s probably what happened… Here we are, back to the story of our journey Eastwards…
And so, after months on the road, we finally arrived at the Buckinghamshire signwriters we were heading for back in May! Having cycled through a variety of perspectives on our situation, the best I’ve found is that these last two months have been our chance to road-test the truck and get acquainted with its particular and precise ways. And acquainted we are, fully, thoroughly, truly, madly, deeply… I know things now that I never thought I’d know.
Many miles have passed since we last sent word from our particular road. The catalogue of our breakdowns and breakthroughs might be interesting reading for the mechanics and fanatics among you, but for the rest, suffice it to say that we passed through the initiation of the points/condenser swap-out, fixed the brake-drag and shone the strobe-light of the timing lamp upon the dark waters of the #1 firing instant. ‘Nuff said?
We have travelled far and learned much and now, with the truck parked safely in the Buckinghamshire woods, we’re now taking a few days to visit our families in South-East London and Suffolk. It’s extraordinarily hot weather and we’re very happy to not be driving!
Upon our return, the truck shall be signwritten and blinged-up until it positively shimmers and we shall then head Westwards again towards the Green Gathering, Off Grid and Base Camp… (all of which are going to be amazing – you should come to them if you can…)
And what, you may ask, shall we have sign-written upon this wagon of wonder, this truck of trickery and story? Well, gentle reader, this is where we’re asking for your help…
What we’re thinking is that it’d be grand to have some appropriately story-centred words on the facing boards that run around the top of the truck – the front and back arches are accounted for, but the remaining six boards are up for grabs. This is what we’d like from you:
What are the traditional opening words of folktales/fairy tales in your language or a language you know? We’ve got the English ‘Once upon a time…’ and imagine that we might have the Russian of ‘Across thrice-nine lands…’ written in Cyrillic script, but we’d love to learn what the equivalents are in other languages. We’re particularly interested in Romany, Arabic, French, German and Spanish, but we’d be delighted to hear what you know! Leave a comment below or email us at email@example.com with your suggestions!
That’s the first thing. Send us your words, or a link, or a photo.
There’s a second thing. This is the opportunity.
We spend a great deal of time trying to keep the Hedgespoken show moving forward on the road in various ways – this involves writing these blog posts (which do, contrary to appearances, take some time), making bookings, keeping the momentum going on a number of side-projects and secret things and getting funding bids in and running the Hedgespoken shop and remembering to reply to emails from interesting and interested people and so on and often when we’re parked up, we don’t have a good signal for internet, and…
What’s becoming apparent is that we need some admin help. We’re looking for someone to take on some of the burden of computer work particularly. We’re looking for someone who can help with funding applications, respond to emails, book venues, keep track of the bureaucratic aspects of working with other people, do some upkeep with the accounts and so on…
If you’ve got skills in this area, and particularly maybe have experience of working in the arts world (and perhaps some experience of working in circus and/or travellers’ worlds), we’d like to hear from you. As you’ll know, we’re not a large outfit with money spilling out of our ears, but we believe that the right person can make enough of a difference to effectively create their own job and get paid for doing it. Send us an email and tell us why you’d be good for Hedgespoken and why we’d be good for you, or give us a call on 07984581289.
We really really need to find the right person for this job – if you think that there’s any chance that it’s you, please don’t by shy. We’re imagining that it’d mostly be 1-2 days each week for now, rising to proper half-time by the Autumn… As for pay – we’re serious about people getting paid fairly for what they do. We’ve currently got an Arts Council funding application going in for a show later this year that INCLUDES admin support in its budget. If we get this funding, you’re on the payroll. If we don’t get this funding, we need you because you’re going to help us get funding to pay for your job.
We aren’t looking for a slave or a skivvy – we’re looking for someone who can keep organised, can help us keep organised and can seriously play a very important role in helping Hedgespoken become
an extraordinary and sustainable vehicle for amazing arts.
You know what to do (and don’t forget about the ‘Once upon a time’ bit from part 1…)
In the meantime, work continues on that Autumn project. If you know any of the fine folk in these pictures, you might be able to guess what’s on the cards… Stay tuned – it’s very exciting and we’ll let you know what’s happening just as soon as we can.
For now, from London, of all places in this blistering heat, we wish you well and eagerly anticipate your communications…
Tom, Rima and the golden-haired boy.