Born in Paisley, Al was brought up in Glasgow and Manchester. He’s the author of Colourquest, a storybook published by Flapjack Press and adapted for performance at the Salford Arts Theatre as part of the GM Fringe (Colourquest is on 6th-9th July). With his other hat on he’s a regular performer at spoken word and songwriter open mic nights in Manchester.
Al has worked in a bookies, a record shop and the building trade. He’s taught theatre, played in a post-punk band, and written a play for the Not Part Of festival. He’s also worked as a taxi driver for many years. His new project, Colourquest, is a fantastical adventure story about two children who live in a world without colour. Al likes Shakespeare, Beckett, Dylan Thomas, Irvine Welsh, northern soul, jazz, improvisation, punk/post punk, Motorhead, experimental art, curry, cheese and onion, Dr Seuss, thinking, taking photos and playing.
I’ll be chatting to Al about Colourquest (the book) and about the upcoming stage adaptation. We’ll also be talking about storytelling, performance and poetry. And, of course, Al will be sharing his selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Tune in on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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