January 31, 2020

NO SPARE TYRE is a forty second play by Tenzing Scott Brown.

It was first published by The National on Friday the 31st of January 2020.

NO SPARE TYRE starts now:

It is 6:48 on a Thursday morning. 
It is the day before the UK leaves the EU.
Bill Drummond is attempting to change a tyre on a car.
He is approached by The Woman.

The Woman: Do you mind me asking?

Bill Drummond: Depends.

The Woman: I just wanted to know if you thought…

Bill Drummond: Look – I’m for less borders not more.

The Woman: Aren’t we all but…

Bill Drummond: I know, it is more complicated than that but…

The Woman: But what?

Bill Drummond: I’ve always had an issue with identity politics.

The Woman: What about the The Combahee River Collective Statement”?

Bill Drummond: I better go and read it then?

The Woman: You better had. 
Hope you get your wheel changed before you get run down.

The Woman moves on.
Bill Drummond realises the car has no spare tyre.

The End

Post Script:
Tenzing Scott Brown is one of Bill Drummond’s other selves.
Tenzing Scott Brown does and writes about the things that Bill Drummond would never dare.

And if you need to know more about The Combahee River Collective Statement click HERE


January 14, 2020

The Republic of Užupis is a micro nation.

The Republic of Užupis has three mottos.

They are:





translated into twenty three languages.

To know more about The Republic of Užupis click HERE

For the year of 2020 the artist’s residency in The Curfew Tower is being curated by The Republic of Užupis. The weight of these curatorial duties will fall mainly on the shoulders of Gleb Divov.

Gleb Divov is a citizen of The Republic of Užupis and an inventor.

Gleb Divov is also the Minister for Sound, Events and Innovations for The Republic of Užupis.

Republic of Užupis is also currently situated in the country known as Lithuania.

The Curfew Tower has acted as an artist’s residency since 2003.

The Curfew Tower is also currently situated in County Antrim, Ireland.

Since 2009 each year The Curfew Tower has been curated by a different set up.

These include:

2009: Void in Derry
2010: Catalyst Arts in Belfast
2011: Eastside Projects in Birmingham
2012: Static in Liverpool
2013: Spike Island in Bristol
2014: The Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast
2015 / 2016: Nothing but Longing in Jerusalem
2017: Penthouse in Manchester
2018: Neu! Reekie! in Edinburgh
2019: Searching for the Miraculous in Miami

On the 1st of January 2020, Zippy Kearney raised the winter flag of The Republic of Užupis, on a makeshift flagpole, on the top of The Curfew Tower. The flag will remain flying there until winter passes, when Zippy Kearney will ceremonially lower the flag and hoist the Spring flag of The Republic of Užupis – acts of God aside.

The winter flag of the Republic of Užupis


December 2, 2019

Fate willing…

What is Poetry? is the first of 40 Forty Minute Interviews that Bill Drummond will be conducting with forty different individuals.

Each of the Forty Minute Interviews will focus on one subject.

The first subject is Poetry.

The first interviewee is Kevin Williamson.

The first question is contained within the title.

The second question is ‘What is Poetry for?’

Kevin Williamson is a poet from the far north of Scotland.

Kevin Williamson was also the founder of Rebel Inc and…

Is one half of Neu! Reekie!

This is a link to his official blurb at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Throughout 2019, Kevin Williamson has been posting on Twitter one poem a day, each one by a different poet. This is the hash-tag: #365poems365poets

Bill Drummond and Kevin Williamson have worked together in various capacities over the past few years.

WARNING: This first Forty Minute Interview is considerably longer than 40 minutes. The remaining 39 will not be.

The next Forty Minute Interview will have the title ‘What is Bass?’


November 4, 2019
Photograph taken under Spaghetti Junction by Tracey Moberly

Ragwort Week 2019 lies between Monday the 4th of November and Sunday the 11th of November.

Ragwort Week 2019 celebrates those late flowering Ragworts in your life – in all our lives.

Ragwort Week exists to celebrate those who are the unloved, the unwanted, the spat upon but… those who are still able to shove all that to one side and push their way up through the cracks and burst into blossom, even in the dankest of locations at this, the arse end of the year.

Ragwort Week has existed for millennia.


Ragwort Week was first acknowledged by humans in the year 2011.

To mark this acknowledgement Bill Drummond wrote a book called RAGWORTS.

And Penkiln Burn Books published it in an edition of 1,000 copies.

As of 2012, and for a period of ten years, 100 copies of these books are being made available for sale during Ragwort Week each year.

And each year they sell for ten quid plus post and packaging.

But only via Alimentation.

These are some of the words that the book contains:

I loathe the word ‘regeneration’. Anytime I hear an area is up for regeneration my heart begins to sink. I like the opposite. I like things falling to bits, crumbling and corroding. I want more degeneration, not regeneration.

Great bands, music and art in general, are never sanctioned from above, they are never born out of Arts Council Funding, or their equivalent. And they definitely never, ever blossom in the safety of designated cultural quarters. This is a sweeping statement on my part, a simple over generalisation, but nonetheless true. The only art ever worth having is art that has not been state subsidised. As soon as it is state subsidised it becomes state propaganda. However subtle that propaganda is, it is still doing the states bidding. I am also aware that this kind of reductionist talk, is bordering on the rhetoric of the American right. This is something I have yet to square…

The flowering of a great pop practitioner is all too brief. It is usually only months between their first public stirring and their greatest work. But that is the way it should be. Their later careers, spent trying to squeeze a living out of people’s hunger for anything that triggers nostalgia for their lost youth, should be ignored…

I would also argue, the survival instincts of any society only permit that, which will not bring it down. We in the free market loving, democratically governed west, allow for political art, because it not only bolsters but strengthens the system that controls our culture. By allowing for it the system we live under, can demonstrate to the rest of the world how inclusive and attractive a system we have. Looking back at what I’ve been involved with over the years, I’m probably as guilty as anyone…


October 17, 2019
Books in a box in the back of a van.

Bill Drummond is driving a van 415 miles from Sizewell B to Scotland.

In the back of the van will be boxes of the book After Curfew

Bill Drummond will be selling copies of the book After Curfew at Leith Theatre on the evening of Friday the 18th of October 2019.


At Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh between 11:00am and 11:30am on Saturday the 19th of October 2019.


Aye Aye Books in Glasgow, between 1:00pm and 1:30pm on Saturday the 19th of October 2019.


Bill Drummond will drive the van the 415 miles back to Sizewell B.


September 10, 2019
If you wait for the bus, the bus will come
One of The 25 Paintings waiting at the bus shelter at Albion Parade. Hoping to catch the bus to Galicia.

The 25 Paintings world tour arrived in Ribadavia, Galicia during the early hours of Tuesday the 10th of September 2019.

Galicia is in the Iberian Peninsula. 

Further information regarding the outcome of this leg of The 25 Paintings world tour, might be made available at a later date.


September 6, 2019
Poster made by Gary Fowles to promote the screening.

Ångermanland is a province in northern Sweden.

Pernilla Bergman Fowles & Gary Fowles live in a small village in Ångermanland.

The small village is called Näsänget.

Pernilla Bergman Fowles & Gary Fowles performed the world premier of WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX (Version One).

The performance took place on Saturday the 31st of August 2019 in the Näsänget village school. 

Included in the performance of this play was a screening of the film BEST BEFORE DEATH.

There was an audience of seven people. 

Things were discussed.

Pernilla Bergman Fowles and Gary Fowles performing WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX (Version One).


August 1, 2019
Queen Mary's Bridge over The Penkiln Burn – artist unknown
Queen Mary’s Bridge over The Penkiln Burn – artist unknown

The Poetry Armada is to be launched onto the waters of the Penkiln Burn. 
The Launch will be somewhere above Queen Mary’s Bridge in Minnigaff.
The Launch will take place early in the morning of Saturday the 3rd of August 2019. 
The launch of the Poetry Armada will be held in private.
The Poetry Armada is to be made up of twelve paper boats.
Each paper boat is made from a page ripped from the book After Curfew.
 After Curfew contains words written by the Twelve Poets.
The Twelve Poets are:  
Kevin Williamson
Hollie McNish
Claire Askew
Salena Godden
George Gunn
Tam Dean Burn
Kirsty Logan
William Letford
Skye McDade-Burn
Emer Martin
Victoria McNulty
Michael Pedersen
Each poet wrote their poems while doing time in the Curfew Tower during the year of 2018.
The Curfew Tower is in Cushendall, County Antrim.
The Curfew Tower is a place where, each year, people stay and do things.
The Curfew Tower was curated in 2018 by Neu! Reekie! 

Neu! Reekie! is an Edinburgh based ‘arts collective / events troupe / micro publishing house and beyond’.
Neu! Reekie! are Kevin Williamson and Michael Pedersen.

*                *                *

The Poetry Armada is a fleet culled from The Mothership. 
The Mothership is the book called After Curfew.
 After Curfew is published as a hardback in an edition of one thousand.
After Curfew is edited by Neu! Reekie!, and contains many of the short lines and even shorter lines and some lines that are not short at all, by the Twelve Poets that did time in the Curfew Tower in 2018. 
After Curfew has a preface by Bill Drummond. 
After Curfew will be for sale for ten quid, from Bill Drummond in the kitchen of The Curfew Tower at the launch of The Mothership.
The launch of The Mothership will be a public affair.
You are invited.
The launch will happen at 8pm on Wednesday the 7th of August 2019.
The launch will happen around a bonfire in the back garden of The Curfew Tower.

The launch may be attended by Kevin Williamson, Hollie McNish, Tam Dean Burn, Skye McDade-Burn, Emer Martin and Michael Pedersen.

The launch will include them reading words from After Curfew around the bonfire. 

The launch will include The Curfew Curry.

The Curfew Curry will be made by Tracey Moberly.

The Curfew Curry will be joined by a Vegetarian Dal.

The Vegetarian Dal will be made by Krishna Dutta.

Others will chop onions and pull corks from the Curfew Wine.

The Curfew Wine will be poured by Zippy.
 You will drink the wine.

*                *                *

The Poetry Armada will be left to find their own way in the world.
There are many ways in the world.
Yours is one.

After Curfew Cover


July 30, 2019
White Saviour Complex on stage
Photograph by Tracey Moberly

White Saviour Complex is still a play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
White Saviour Complex is to go on tour of one night stands across England and Ireland.
White Saviour Complex will star Tam Dean Burn and Bill Drummond, as per the short tour of Scotland held in June 2019.
White Saviour Complex is a three act play. The middle act comprises of the film BEST BEFORE DEATH. 
White Saviour Complex will take place in cinemas at each of the one night stands on this tour.
White Saviour Complex appears at the following one night stands:
Monday 23rd September 6:30pm
London – Picturehouse Central
Tuesday 24thSeptember 6:15pm
Oxford – Phoenix Picturehouse
Wednesday 25th September 6:30pm
Liverpool – Picturehouse at FACT
Thursday 26th September
Leeds – Hyde Park Picturehouse

Friday 27th September
Dublin – The Irish Film Institute

Saturday 28th September
Belfast – Queen’s Film Theatre 
Monday 30th September 6:00pm
Brighton – Duke of York’s Picturehouse
Tuesday 1st October  8:30pm
London– Hackney Picturehouse
Wednesday 2nd October 6:00pm
Cambridge – Arts Picturehouse
Thursday 3rd October 6:15pm
Norwich – Cinema City Picturehouse
Friday 4th October 6:00pm
York – City Screen Picturehouse
This is a LINK that will take you to blurb about the film and its trailer.
WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX is also a book about the play of the same name.
This book is hard back.
This book has been printed in an edition of one thousand.
This book will cost a tenner a go – cash.
This book will only be available directly from the hands of Bill Drummond who  will be selling this book directly after each of the performance of the play.
This book will be sold on the steps of the cinema or from a convenient bus shelter.
There will be no second edition of this book.

White Saviour Complex book on desk


July 6, 2019
Photograph taken under Spaghetti Junction in 2014 by Tracey Moberly

Bill Drummond will be working in Aulus-Les-Bains between the 10th and the 14th of July 2019.
AULUS-LES-BAINS is a village in the French Pyrenees.
The work will be with other folk.
The work will include:
making beds, 
baking cakes, 
sweeping streets, 
cleaning windows, 
writing plays, climbing trees,
building walls,
serving soup,
composing compositions, 
watching films 
predicting the past.
Who the other folk are is up to two of you.
WARNING: This is not the next leg of The 25 Paintings world tour.
WARNING: This is not the beginning of the revolution.
WARNING: This might be bourgeois activities for the bourgeois elite
You make your choices,
you throw the dice,
you pull the trigger
The Ferryman can always pull the plug out.
For further information click on CAMP
Then cry…
And of course…