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David Simper

I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

Hive Arts: creative Christmas market

Unusually having leave together, my wife and I caught the service 61 bus to ...

Exhibition: Guggenhive 2022

I take the service 3 bus to join compadres at The Hive Urban Farm ...

Inktober: my month of drawing

I wrote about the Inktober event in 2021 and wondered if anyone else had ...

Review: Sherlock Holmes and The Valley of Fear

Having recently read Conan Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of Four, I ...

Coffee, cats and cake at Cafe Meow

David Simper spends a perfect hour in Blackpool’s newest coffee shop alongside some friendly ...

Exhibition review: Regarding the Light

From the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian to the comforting glow of sodium lamps, David ...

Exhibition review: Emma Underwood at Tea Amantes

I arrived fairly early at the 10th October opening of this exhibition of paintings ...

Spike in the tale: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman

In their co-written play satirists Ian Hislop and Nick Newman honour the father of ...

Peas Please: award for school veg scheme

A school dinners scheme ensuring children in Blackpool get enough freshย fruit and vegetables in ...