July 5, 2019
Fried & Justified book cover

FRIED & JUSTIFIED is a book by Mick Houghton.
FRIED & JUSTIFIED is to be published by Faber & Faber on the 4th of July 2019.

To mark this books publication Bill Drummond will be conducting one of his Forty Minute interviews with Mick Houghton.
This Forty Minute interview will be held in public.
This Forty Minute interview will be part of the Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club.
This Forty Minute interview will take place in the evening of the 25th of July, 2019.
This Forty Minute interview will take place at Bank Job.
151 -155 Hoe Street, 
E17 3AN 
For further information and tickets click here

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For nigh on forty years…
Mick Houghton and Bill Drummond have been entangled… 
From Toxteth to Brixton and back again… 
Via Canary Warf and up the Liverpool Road…
Only three stones were left unturned.
Bill Drummond will have those three stones with him… 
On the night Bill Drummond will use them in whatever way he sees fit.
The first question that Bill Drummond will be asking Mick Houghton is:
“If you were instructed by a higher power to murder one of your former clients, which one would it be?”


June 14, 2019
One of The 25 Paintings arriving at the Bluecoat Chambers. Liverpool on the 7th of June 2019

CLICK HERE to read the full manuscript for the play GO PLACES – DO THINGS.


June 12, 2019
White Saviour Complex Photograph taken under Spaghetti Junction in May 2019
Photograph taken under Spaghetti Junction in May 2019 by Tracey Moberly

White Saviour Complex is a three-act play by Tenzing Scott Brown.
White Saviour Complex can only be performed in a room with a cinema screen and some sort of stage in front of the screen.
Act One might be set in the bar of the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh.
Act Two might be set in Filmhouse Screen One while the film Best Before Death is being screened. This, as stated elsewhere, is a film by Paul Duane with Bill Drummond as the protagonist. 
Tenzing Scott Brown is the sometime alter egoand arch nemesis of Bill Drummond.
Act Three is set in the same bar of the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh after the screening of the film screened in Act Two.
All three acts might be set in June 2019.
Act One last about 10 minutes.
Act Two last about 90 minutes.
Act Three lasts about 15 minutes.
White Saviour Complex is to be performed at and on:

The Filmhouse cinema, Edinburgh – 27th of June 2019
Mull Theatre, Tobermory, the Isle of Mull – 29th of June 2019
Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven on Sunday the 30th of June 2019

White Saviour Complex will also be published as a hardback book in an edition of 1,000 copies. These books will only be on sale at performances of the play of the same name. Once the 1,000 copies have been sold there will be no second edition.
White Saviour Complex features the actor Tam Dean Burn as Bill Drummond and Bill Drummond as other characters. Tam Dean Burn is an actor of many parts most recently seen in Fortitude.

White Saviour Complex is directed by Tracey Moberly and Tam Dean Burn.
Post Script: Further to the previous Penkiln Burn Newsletter, there will be a second screening of Best Before Death at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh on the 28th of June. This screening will not feature a performance of White Saviour Complex, but will feature a post screening Q&A with Paul Duane (director) and Robbie Ryan (cinematographer).


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