Simon Birch is a movement and visual artist based in Cornwall. He studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design before training as a dancer and choreographer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. As well as being the director of Simon Birch Dance, he regularly works across art forms and is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University.
With Kimberly Campanello, Simon adapted his promenade performance Prideaux Angels into an illustrated book for children, which was published by Valley Press in October 2018.
Not so very long ago in Great Britain, little children had to pack up a few of their most important belongings and leave their towns and cities to go to the countryside. These children were leaving their homes to be kept safe from the dangers of war. They were called evacuees. Some of the children were brought to a beautiful place called Cornwall, which juts out into the Atlantic Ocean like an open arm.
One day, the evacuees in Cornwall were invited to a big Christmas party at a grand old house named Prideaux Place. Once there, they discovered a house full of extraordinary characters, from Gertie the Land Girl to the devoted Lord Edmund and the anxious Lady Bridget – as well as a robin with an astonishing story to tell…
Based on the Christmas promenade performance at Prideaux Place in December 2017, this entertaining and moving book is a festive parcel of delights, set to fill children and adults with the spirit of the season.
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