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stories; I loved hearing the accents change gently as I travelled. Makers tend to be mostly quiet, humble people who get on with their lives and develop their skills and passion for making along the way.


Give us a run-down of an average day on the Slowcoast Project? I travelled with a tent, but because of the need to charge my gps, laptop and camera batteries I would sometimes stay in a youth hostel, pub or B&B. Also, people who heard about the journey would sometimes offer to put me up; it was great to meet people and find out about their lives. Folk were so generous and I met some amazing people this way.


An average day would be waking early, shower, brew a cup of tea or make some porridge and head off. I would have a rough plan of where I was heading and if I had someone lined up to meet I would calculate how long it would take to get there. I aimed to ride fifty miles each day.


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Ideally I would ride until lunchtime and then meet with someone to do an interview and photograph their studio or workshop and them working. Sometimes I would just stumble across someone to interview. I would then ride a little more before starting to think about where I might end up that day. I would try and be set up for the night by 8.30 - I mastered the art of one pot cooking. Then I would try and find somewhere to edit a Photofilm which would sometimes be the tent. No two days were alike, the journey was stunning and I would meet the most amazing people.


Do you think crafting has an important part to play in communities? I think there is something amazing about making something with your hands and there is something very special about the people - you can see this in the Photofilms. I would often feel quite emotional about these meetings. To be allowed into someone’s workspace and listen to


them talk about their lives is such a privilege.


Tell us a bit about the Soundslides available to view on your website? Were there any you particularly enjoyed filming? There are over 100 on the Slowcoast website. It’s a chronological ordered set, so as they happened. They all have different qualities; I hope they do justice to the people. If I was to pick one which represents the soul of the ride, it would be Bill the Stick- maker.


I stumbled upon Bill's bungalow in a little village outside of Louth in Lincolnshire. He is retired, but has made walking and working sticks all his life. There is a magical quality about Bill's passion for the countryside and his Stick-making. A lovely character and I think representative of the project (he's got a top accent as well). His wife made me a packed lunch whilst Bill and I were talking and as I left I remember thinking I would have


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