June 11, 2019

Best Before Death is a film by the Irish film maker Paul Duane.
Best Before Death is a feature length documentary film.
Best Before Death is a film about the Scottish artist Bill Drummond.
Best Before Death was shot in Kolkata, India and Lexington, North Carolina.
Best Before Death was shot by the Oscar nominated cinematographer Robbie Ryan.
Bill Drummond is on a twelve-year world tour. 
On this tour he works in a different city, in a different country, in each of those years. 
The tour began under Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham, England in 2014. 
The tour ends in at the Eastern Gate of Damascus, Syria in 2026.
In 2016 the tour reached the Temple of Kali in Kolkata, India.
In 2018 the tour reached the steps of the courthouse in Lexington, North Carolina.
Best Before Death is to have its world premier at the Filmhouse cinema as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday the 27th of June 2019.
It is then to be screened at: 
Mull Theatre, Tobermory, the Isle of Mull on Saturday the 29th of June.
Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven on Sunday the 30th of June.
Tickets are available for the above three screenings by clicking on the links.
Best Before Death goes on general release in the Autumn of 2019.
Details regarding the general release will be made known via a future Penkiln Burn Newsletter.
Post Script:
This is the blurb that the Edinburgh International Film Festival are using to promote the film:
This impressive documentary follows the always-intriguing artist Bill Drummond over a two-year period during his ambitious 12-year world tour. He works in Lexington, North Carolina, and in Kolkata, India, engaging with local communities through his art/work project. He builds beds, bakes cakes, makes soup and shines shoes. Drummond’s clear-sighted vision of what he’s doing is inspirational, practical and from the heart, and, though he receives a variety of reactions from amused to perplexed, he interacts with observers with charm and easy grace. [12A]

Best Before Death under Spaghetti Junction in December 2016
Photograph taken under Spaghetti Junction in December 2016 by Tracey Moberly


June 7, 2019
GO PLACES - DO THINGS painting waiting at Albion Parade bus stop to get a bus to Liverpool
One of The 25 Paintings waiting at the Albion Parade bus shelter to catch a bus to Liverpool

GO PLACES – DO THINGS is a one act play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
GO PLACES – DO THINGS is to be performed at the Bluecoat Chambers in Liverpool at 7pm on Friday the 7th of June 2019.
Tam Dean Burn
Karen Young
The “real” Bill Drummond.
GO PLACES – DO THINGS contains the words:

On Merseyside anything of any lasting importance…
Or even fleeting importance… 
And at times fleeting importance is more important than lasting importance, has come from the minds and bodies of those under the age of 23.

Billy Fury wrote much of and recorded The Sound of Fury at the age of 19. This album is the greatest British rock’n’roll album of all time. 

Even Ringo Starr, the old man of The Beatles, was still only 22 when they had their first hit record. 

And George was still a teenager.

Ian McCulloch just 18 when he wrote the words about the pictures on his wall that were about to swing and fall.

This is a one off performance.
Tickets are unavailable. 

A full transcript of GO PLACES – DO THINGS will be made available on the Penkiln Burn website by the 14th of June 2019.

The Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool
The Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool


May 14, 2019

In June 2014 The Guardian published Bill Drummond’s Ten Commandments of Art.
 Since 2014 those Ten Commandments have evolved into The Twelve Steps.
In each year of The 25 Paintings world tour (2014 – 2026), Drummond returns to Spaghetti Junction to vandalise his chosen wall with the title of that year’s Step.
This year’s step has recently been completed.
Thus these are the ones that have been done to date:


(Early Sabbatical 2017) 


All photographs taken by Tracey Moberly

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N.B. Further to information given in previous newsletter Bill Drummond will only be in Albion Frames up until 10:30am on Thursday the 16th of May.


May 9, 2019
Welcome To Albion Parade Bus Shelter London

Due to circumstances that should have been foreseen, the 2019 leg of The 25 Paintings world tour has been postponed until September 2019. It will still be centered on the town of Ribadavia in Galicia.
The repainting of The 25 Paintings at Albion Frames is well underway but…
Drummond will not be on site on Friday morning (10th of May).
Or until after 11:30am on Saturday 11th of May. 
Or after 3pm on Wednesday 15th of May.
Or after 10.30am on Thursday 16th of May.
Or after 12pm on Saturday 18th of May.
Could all those that have taken part in the repainting email their names into so they can be justly credited.

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As for the Atlantic Archipelago Song Contest – read about it at Caught By The River

Bobby’s Bus Shelter, Unst, Shetland


May 6, 2019

DO YOU PAINT? is a ten second play by Tenzing Scott Brown. 
It goes like this:
Me: Do you paint?
You: What?
Me: Just say “yes”.
You: Yes.
Me: Good. Be there.
You: Where?
Me: Albion Frames.
Bill Drummond is inviting all those that have just read the word “Yes” to take part in the 2019 re-painting of The 25 Paintings.
The re-painting is to take place between the 7th of May and the 18th of May 2019, excluding Sunday the 12th of May.
Bill Drummond will be supplying the paint and brushes.
Bill Drummond will be overseeing the re-painting.
This overseeing and re-painting will be done at ALBION FRAMES, 140 Albion Road, London N16 7PT
These are the opening hours of Albion Frames:
Mon 9am – 3:45pm
Tues 9am – 3:45pm
Weds 9am – 6pm
Thurs 9am – 6pm
Fri: 9am – 2pm
Sat: 9am – 2pm
Sun: Closed 
Bill Drummond may have to pop-out at various times during the opening hours of Albion Frames to attend to other matters and concerns.
This is the website for Albion Frames:
The 2019 re-painting of The 25 Paintings will take them from being in English to Galician. This re-painting of The 25 Paintings is to be done in time for 2019 leg of The 25 Paintings twelve year world tour.
The 2019 leg of this world tour begins on 21stof May. And is centred in the town of Ribadavia in Galicia.
There will also be at Albion Frames:
Forty THE VERY GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT mugs for sale at £10 each.
Forty copies of THE 25 PAINTINGS book for sale at £20 each.
Tenzing Scott Brown is working on a considerably longer play entitled You & Me & THE 25 PAINTINGS. It will be a play about relationships. 

Elvis & Me

May 1, 2019

Elvis Presley died on the exact same day as I did not make my first record. This is a fact I have been attempting to address ever since that fateful day in the Summer of 1977.

Bill Drummond 1st May 2019
In the November of 1992, Bill Drummond was deep into his midlife crisis.
One aspect of this midlife crisis was a belief that it could only be Elvis who had the power to save the world from itself.
The fact that Elvis had already been clinically dead for 16 years was irrelevant, to Drummond’s thinking.
Drummond’s course of action to enable Elvis saving the world, was for him, and his two fellow travellers, Z and Gimpo to take an icon* of Elvis to the North Pole. Once there this icon of Elvis would be left to leak love, peace and happiness down the longitudes and out across the latitudes and world peace would shortly follow.
This course of action may as yet not have led to an out break of world peace, but it did undeniably lead to a set of circumstances where Bill Drummond ended up owning The Curfew Tower in Cushendall, County Antrim. 
Bill Drummond having subsequently run The Curfew Tower as an artist residency for almost 20 years. In that time over 200 artists from around the globe have spent time in the Curfew Tower doing work in response to the tower the surrounding landscape and more importantly the local community.
As part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Festival and the Neu! Reekie! involvement with it, Bill Drummond will be joining the dots between Memphis, Tennessee, The North Pole and Cushendall, County Antrim. The joining of the dots will have the title Elvis & Me.
This will be happening at The Black Box in Belfast at 8pm on Thursday the 2nd May 2019.
Tickets and further information via clicking HERE
*Icon in this sense is that of a portrait of a saint as used in the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church, but painted by Z (Mark Manning).


April 26, 2019

Hot Cross Borders is the title of the two-thousand-seven-hundred-and-ten words that Bill Drummond has used to document what he did on this past Good Friday on a border in Ireland.

What follows are the first two-hundred-and-seven of those words.

The rest of these words can be read at The Quietus web site.

Has a symbolic gesture ever achieved you anything?
I mean something proper?
Actually made a difference?

If I were to offer to do the washing up and then just washed the one plate and then claimed the washing of the one plate was symbolic of washing them all – I mean what the fuck?

You either do the washing up or you don’t. So don’t expect to be feted for just washing the one plate. However symbolic you claim it to be.

The trouble is my personal history seems to be littered with symbolic gestures claiming to be…

And that does not seem to be slowing down with age.

Anyway, right now I’m in the middle of the Irish Sea. And if the morning mist were to lift, I would be able to see the receding coast of Ireland in the West and the approaching coast of Scotland to the East. I am neither swimming nor drowning, or for that matter waving. I am on the early morning ferry from Larne to Stranraer. And I am trying to make sense. To myself, if not you.

I have been crossing this same piece of water since the day after my brother was born July 1957.

Yesterday was Good Friday.

Photographs by Tracey Moberly


April 26, 2019

The Atlantic Archipelago is a group of islands off the west coast of mainland Europe. 
The Atlantic Archipelago includes the following countries: Ireland, Scotland, England & Wales. It also includes the Isle of Man. 
The most northerly inhabited island that is part of the Atlantic Archipelago is the island of Unst. 
Unst is also one of the Shetland Isles.
On the afternoon of Sunday the 28th April 2019, Bill Drummond will be working on the island of Unst.
He will be there as part of his nine year tour of The Atlantic Archipelago.
He will be there screening the film Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared. 
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared is a film by the Swiss film maker Stefan Schwietert. 
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared was shot in 2013 and released to cinemas in the German-speaking countries in 2015.
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared was also screened at various film festivals around the world picking up several awards along the way. 
Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared is a full-length documentary about The17.
The17 was a choir led by Bill Drummond.
The17 existed between 2003 and 2013.
The17 ceased to exist when Bill Drummond turned 60.
The17 had more members than any other choir in the world this century.
Bill Drummond is the protagonist of this film.
Bill Drummond has issues with this film.
Bill Drummond restrained the film having a commercial release in The UK. Be it in cinemas, DVDs, downloads or streaming.
Bill Drummond chose instead to screen the film himself once a year for nine years.
Each of these screenings is to be on a location within the Atlantic Archipelago where a different language was spoken by local folk 200 years ago.
These nine languages include Cornish, Manx, Romani, Welsh, English, Lallans, Irish, Norn and Gaelic.
The first of these screenings was in Cornwall in 2018.
Bill Drummond is also recording a song sung in each of these languages. These songs are to be sung unaccompanied by a solo female singer.
In 2018 the song Goonlas was sung by the Cornish singer Bec Applebee.
In 2019 the song The Unst Boat Song was sung by the Fair Isle singer Inge Thomson.
The screening will be in Baltasound Hall on Unst at 4pm.
There will be the first public airing of the two recordings.
A short film by Roseanne Watt will also be screened.
This film is called Alfie.
Bill Drummond will MC the event and give a short performance lecture after the screening.
Bill Drummond will have forty copies of his book 17 for sale at ten quid a go.
The whole thing is part of Oot & Aboot, a touring programme of Shetland Arts activities and events. 
Tickets are available in person from Mareel arts centre in Lerwick, or by phone on 01595 745500, or online HERE

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Bill Drummond will be documenting the tour of the Atlantic Archipelago year by year. These documentations may take the form of words, images and recordings (including the songs). The first of these documentations will be made public on the Caught By The River website on Friday the 3rd of May 2019.


April 18, 2019

Further to a previous statement:
Notwithstanding an act of God or personal stupidity:
Bill Drummond will be on the border between County Derry and County Donegal, just north of Ballynagard and just south of Muff between 10am and noon on this Good Friday (tomorrow).
Bill Drummond will be there conducting a referendum, based on the first forty folk that want to take part in the referendum.
The question being asked in this referendum is:
Do they “agree” or “disagree” to the following additional clause being added to the Good Friday Agreement:
If either the Government of Ireland or the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were ever to instigate their own country leaving the European Union, both governments would guarantee that as long as the island of Ireland existed, the border crossing between County Derry and County Donegal on the Culmore Road, would remain freely open for all those that wished to cross it, in either direction.
Also, further to the previous statement:
He will not have a border post but…
He will have two large text paintings on easels (see photos above and below).
Forty Hot Cross Buns, freshly baked by himself (see After Delia)
There will be no freshly brewed tea as previous statement claimed but…
He will have forty mugs with the words THE VERY GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT emblazoned on them.
Each of the folk taking part in the Referendum will be entitled to one of these mugs, a Hot Cross Bun and a copy of the proposed VERY GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT.
Tracey Moberly will be there to bear witness and document this referendum in whatever way she sees fit.


March 26, 2019

Bill Drummond will be:
Inside the Leytonstone Ballroom, this Thursday evening (28 March 2019), as part of the Neu! Reekie! – Everything Up event.

While there…

Bill Drummond will be:
Talking to people.
Listening to people.
Baking forty Hot Cross Buns
Giving out forty copies of his proposed Very Good Friday Agreement
Repainting one of The 25 Paintings.

Bill Drummond will expect those there to:
Discuss with him the proposed Very Good Friday Agreement
Eat the forty Hot Cross Buns
Help him repaint one of The 25 Paintings with the words…

Bill Drummond will be:
Doing all of the above as training and in readiness for when he is on The Border between Derry and Donegal this coming Good Friday…
When and where he will be baking forty fresh HOT CROSS BUNS.
When and where the newly repainted painting will be used to alert those crossing The Border about the proposed Very Good Friday Agreement.
And the referendum that is being conducted there and then.
Each of the forty people that take part in the referendum will get to eat one of the forty Hot Cross Buns.

Bill Drummond wrote the following statement on 22 February 2019


I’ve been crossing The Border for the past sixty years.
I’ve been crossing it since before Arlene Foster was born.
Or for that matter since before Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin)
Or Robert Swan (UUP)
Or Colum Eastwood (SDLP)
Were all born.
I have crossed that border under all weathers
And all political climates.
I know what crossing borders is all about.
I know what a closed border looks and feels like.
I know what an open border looks and feels like.
And while we are at it, I have crossed The Border on foot from Mexico to Texas.
Like a common-or-garden Wetback.
I know what the fuck I am talking about when it comes to crossing borders.

On New Year’s Day 1973 the Republic of Ireland and The United Kingdom both joined the then European Economic Community.
We did it hand in hand.
And it was a good thing.

On Good Friday 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
We did it hand in hand.
And it was a good thing.


The Good Friday Agreement assumed that both the Republic of Ireland and The United Kingdom would never be leaving Europe.

This was a mistake in the drafting of the Good Friday Agreement.
I want to address this mistake.

On the 28th of March, as in the day before United Kingdom is supposed to leaves Europe, I will be in Waltham Forest with friends from Neu! Reekie! There I will be proposing the new clause that I believe must be added to the Good Friday Agreement.

A new clause that will ensure The Border will remain an open one.

On the 19th of April 2019, as in this coming Good Friday, I will be on The Border beginning the process of having this clause added to The Good Friday Agreement.

If it is, as I hope it does, will then be The “signed, sealed and delivered” Very Good Friday Agreement.

Bill Drummond – 22nd of February 2019