Author: Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy is a Wakefield poet who performs all over the UK. Co-founder of Red Shed Readings, he is a presenter on ELFM’s Love the Words, where he writes and produces the Jimmy Andrex Outside Broadcast, as well as co-curating their Writing on Air Festival.

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Leeds Arts Centre Chapel FM brings vision to the airwaves

Jimmy Andrex
Chapel FM Vision

Just over a year since it had to be postponed as a result of Covid-19, Chapel FM Arts Centre in East Leeds is presenting a three-day radio and digital festival, Writing on Air. Based around the theme of Vision, writers and performers will be taking part in over thirty events, including a radio drama peering into […]

Is Test and Trace as bad as people are saying?

Jimmy Andrex
Roy Lilley Test and Trace

One prominent NHS figure thinks we need to re-evaluate our thinking on Test and Trace. “Shurely Shome Mistake?” Test and Trace is really a winner! If everybody’s saying something, it must be true, right? Usually, the answer is yes, for a good reason, though this truism is lost on people like the Flat Earth Society. […]

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Covid poetry journal turns lockdown into art

Jimmy Andrex

A year ago, as we entered a thing called lockdown, people dealt with it in different ways. As is often the case when in denial facing a traumatic situation, people routinely announced via social media that this was their opportunity to paint the fence, write THAT novel, take up ceramics or learn the clarinet. In […]

SPOTLIGHT: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Yorkshire film seeks to turn the tide on post-Brexit coastal decline

Jimmy Andrex

Brexit means the United Kingdom’s fishing industry is under the microscope as never before. A new film made in Yorkshire, seeks to help us to understand fishing’s crucial importance to people in coastal communities. Shot in Scarborough and supported by the British Film Institute, The Tide stars Game of Thrones actor Francis Magee and will premiere […]

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East Yorkshire poet pokes hole in glass ceiling

Jimmy Andrex

A pensioner performing a poem about male breast cancer, a York indie publisher, and a whole heap of persistence, have come together to produce a debut poetry collection for one writer at the tender age of 68.

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Culture wars: the Brexit sellout for touring musicians that makes us all poorer

Jimmy Andrex

“t’s not just musicians who’ll suffer if they can’t tour Europe. It’s the sound engineers, the lighting engineers, the backline techs. It’s the caterers and the wardrobe assistants and the production managers. It’s the drivers of trucks and tour buses. It’s the companies they work for, it’s the mechanics they employ. It’s PA companies, and lighting companies. And it’s the businesses here, in the UK”

PIE OF THE WEEK

Pie of the week: from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. “At the end of our walk, seeking refuge from a grim sense of foreboding, I greeted the news that my favourite pie – steak, ale and Henderson’s Relish – was on the specials board with the same relief as when I heard about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.”

PIE OF THE WEEK

Pie of the week: from William Noble Family Butcher, Busy Corner, Wakefield

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from William Noble Family Butchers in Wakefield. “A Noble’s steak pie is an everyday celebration of wholesome certainty; like a grittier version of The Waltons. They’re freshly made every day, the oven’s in the shop and the smell when they open the door should be regulated by some sort of statute”.

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Pie of the week: from Cryer & Stott, Castleford market

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex reviews the pie of the week – this time from Cryer & Stott, at Castleford market. “If you ever had sex better than this pie you’re either a liar or I need to get to know you better. If you ever took drugs better than this pie, you must be on drugs – cheap, bad ones that make you think the traffic in South Elmsall are crocodiles.”

2020 IN REVIEW

Labour 2020: the five stages of grief

Jimmy Andrex

Jimmy Andrex looks at what the last year has meant for the Labour Party, through the lens of the 5 stages of grief. The question is, which stage has the party reached?

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Pie of the week: from the Seed Room, Overton

Jimmy Andrex

In troubled times, with rampant division, there remains one part of our culture about which there must surely be widespread unity, especially in the forgotten land of the North of England: Pies.

The biggest music revolution you’ve never heard of

Jimmy Andrex

How a Holmfirth musician battled the Brexit Blues with electronica and a sense of community. A new book tells the story of an underground revolution in music where no-one got rich or famous but everyone got happy. “The early days were like turning over a stone and finding this whole new world of music-making crawling underneath.“

Covid doodles do make an impact

Jimmy Andrex

What did you do in lockdown? Bradford-based Trapezium Arts is hosting a brand new exhibition of one artist’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Sue Wilde’s show, entitled The Covid 19, is based on road maps, using the routes, towns and coastlines to create a vivid picture of life in lockdown.  “During the first lockdown, needing to […]

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Julie Mellor: The Moment

Jimmy Andrex

On the Penistone train derailment, February 1916 When I look up at the seamed sky, the black teeth of girders, the cracks of fresh air, I think this is not an accident, but a moment of refusal, a point I can look on and describe in bricks of words, then knock down again before it […]

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Paul Francis: The New Jerusalem

Jimmy Andrex

And will those winds from ‘58That blew Armada back to SpainNow make the wind turbines rotateAnd help us triumph once again? And will our Covid stance be seenAs something we should celebrate?We’re proud of everything we’ve been;Like the Olympics – we are great! Back in the war, amid the gloomA new Jerusalem was planned;So now […]

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Steve Pottinger: You Ask Me Where I Want to Live, My Love…

Jimmy Andrex

You Ask Me Where I Want to Live, My Love… by Steve Pottinger it can be the tundra, a desert, a forest, a boat high on a mountain or out on the coast an apartment, a terrace, a van or a castle, a tent, yurt, or igloo, it really don’t matter but it must be […]

Council draws line in the sand on Covid-19

Jimmy Andrex

East Riding Council decided last week on a novel approach to communicate their 3 Steps to Safety message. In a climate where covid confusion reigns every time Mr Cummings goes for a spin in his Range Rover, they decided to use local sand artist James Brunt to get their message across. As you can see, James […]

It’s not a Banksy … is it?

Jimmy Andrex

Is Banksy working in the Wakefield area? A series of clues and new street art has fuelled speculation that the legendary graffiti artist may be at work in our area. First, a local artist, Rachel Till was forced to tweet that some Pontefract street art depicting themes around the NHS and Coronavirus was definitely hers […]

EU cheese mountain may cause lasting damage to mental health, say experts

Jimmy Andrex

So, this dream I had, it was a film like Kill Bill, but with Emily Maitlis and Kay-Burley-off-Sky-News. Basically, they get so fed up doing clickbait interviews with whining trolls like Daniel Hannan or Darren Grimes, that they go on an intellectual Kung Fu Tag Team rampage, questioning right-wing dimwits to a pulp. In early […]