Tom Cox comes to Teesdale
A former rock critic with a fondness for felines and the perfect combination of funny bones and storytelling skills will be making his Teesdale debut at Bowlees Visitor Centre next month.
Tom Cox used to ply his trade as a music journalist for The Guardian. His pithy and honest reviews gained him a cult following but in 2000 he turned his back on the glamorous world of rock and started to write about his cats, golf and the countryside.
The Good, The Bad and The Furry, about his rescue cat, The Bear, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and his account of a year as the world’s most inept golf professional – Bring Me the Head of Sergio Garcia – was longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
As well as being the author of eight books, Tom, who quit journalism for good in 2012, also entertains his fans through his popular blog and on a daily basis via Twitter. While his own Twitter-musings have attracted over 60,000 followers, it’s 20-year-old Bear who gets the most glory with over 300,000 devotees of the much-loved account, @MYSADCAT.
When Tom Visits Bowlees on August 22nd, he will be telling stories about badgers, Dartmoor, cats, beavers, otters and his loud, eccentric and occasionally sweary dad from his upcoming, in-progress book, 21st Century Yokel.
The Visitor Centre, which is near Middleton-in-Teesdale and High Force, is run by the North Pennines AONB Partnership and Director, Chris Woodley-Stewart, said he is looking forward to the Devon-based writer’s performance.
He said: “I’ve been a Tom Cox fan for some time and I’m pleased that he will be the first act to kick off a string of evening events at Bowlees Visitor Centre”. In September, poet and performer Ian McMillan will be joining award-winning cartoonist Tony Husband to perform their stage show, A Cartoon History of Here; acoustic musician, Blanty, will take to the stage on September, 9.
Tickets for Tom Cox are £10 and these and tickets for other performances can be bought from the North Pennines AONB Partnership by calling 01388 528801 or 01833 622145 or visiting www.northpennines.org.uk
Released: 21 July 2016