What’s the story….

It’s here…. Book launch weekend. There are 200 books currently in circulation bought, ordered and in stores. I cannot explain how proud and buzzin I am. So thank you to everyone that has a copy in their previous Mitt’s.

So.. at the business end. Emmaus Mossley are now stocking books. So is Vinyl resting place in Affleck palace (3rd floor). Manchester, a Great record shop!!..

Tonight (Saturday)is the first night of two full on live gigs around the book. Where I will have mates joining me to celebrate its launch and even it’s existence!!!. There are some great musicians and poets sharing their material. So if you can’t come please check the streams out or catch up with it later. Last few seats available as it’s free entry private event at Old Bank studios with wet lemon productions. 6-10pm live stream starts 7pm. Seats booking is wetlemonproductions@gmail.com here’s your links –


Gig confirmations have dropped in with promo art work so keep an eye out for two cracking announcements.. charity work continues as does other Talking myself out of trouble workshop ideas.

Lastly books are available through me or lulu.com.

Time to get busy…

Top photos courtesy of Luke Stanley.

Countdown commences

3 days to the first book launch gigs. And they are in my adopted home town – Mossley. And for those unable to join us at the intimate gathering we will be streaming the shenanigans!!!!

I’ve got to together a few creative pals to join me in celebrating the books arrival. Which is already in the safe hands of about 200 folk.. please let’s keep this figure rising. For many reasons. Raising awareness of mental health and giving some cash to charity (Emmaus), if not to boost my verse!!!.. haha

So… On Saturday I have with me the ace line up of Ben Corry on guitar, and chatting Karl Hildebrandt and Esther Koch.

On Sunday I have the brilliant line up of Tom Murphy and guest on guitar and Ushuki crisafulli and Sharon twozedz nattering with me

Both events are 6-10 pm at old bank studios near the train station (above the Gillery) and will be streamed live. Links and info here – https://theoldbankstudios.co.uk/

Seats can be booked by contacting wetlemonproductions@gmail.com

So please join me glass in HAND… Fill the SPACE… And show your FACE in these halfway reduced covid guidelines…

More info to drop soon on gigs, charity stuff and collaborations.

Meanwhile the book is available via me on any message social media or via https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/simon-horner-and-phil-wagstaff/talking-myself-out-of-trouble/paperback/product-yr9pj4.html?page=1&pageSize=4

Catch up soon

Juggle and drop

So first up… The venue for the book launch next weekend has changed… Same acts… Same aim and similar concept just at the venue above the original one.. I even have gig posters now… So thanks to wetlemonproductions@gmail.com for coming to my rescue and offering an alternative space and vibe. They also are part of “now or never records” and “old bank studios”. A great new art hub.. literally the floor above the Gillery in Mossley.

I’ve been busy booking other gigs, a couple of on line this new for Glossop book fest – https://fb.me/e/MglbP9qe

One for a suicide prevention charity which will take place during men’s mental Health week on 17 June. Details to follow but check out the great work going on at https://ollysfuture.org.uk/

I have just ordered a new batch of “Talkingyself out of trouble” books as the first 200 have flown out!!.. so drop your orders in if you would like one !!!!.. they can also be purchased at Lulu.com. https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/simon-horner-and-phil-wagstaff/talking-myself-out-of-trouble/paperback/product-yr9pj4.html?page=1&pageSize=4

I conducted a two day creative workshop in Ashton under Lyne this week at Phantasmagoria around poetry and writing.. a great creative space and travel emporium.. excellent for both young and old.. go check out what the crew are doing down there!!.. https://www.phantasmagoria.space/

So.. it’s Sunday… Hope everyone that reads had a good weekend.. please share my blogs and let’s reach further corners than we would.. here’s the gig posters..

Book launch

The 200 club

So, book sales are flying!! We are almost at the 200 point. Thank you so much to everyone that has bought a copy and others showing an interest! The positive vibes and feedback is immense, I am astounded. The book is now live at Lulu.com https://www.lulu.com/en/gb/shop/simon-horner-and-phil-wagstaff/talking-myself-out-of-trouble/paperback/product-yr9pj4.html?fbclid=IwAR1VVEpMdp_IAwH1XcLjXcGbxBCY4otBNjBSqn2RUkjXlmm5uX7ab69sLdM&page=1&pageSize=4 …

I’ll be ordering a new batch soon once the text copy for internet sales lands. So glad that “Talking myself out of trouble” is reaching out to so many folk. And may this continue once the weird worldy web gets hold of it. And book launches are still to come! Buzzin.

In other news I’ve got some fresh gigs waiting to announce and a couple of crackin zoom events to confirm… So it’s all hands on deck in the pig pen.

I’ve just received a copy of my mask anthology by live from worktown which has a piece by myself in.. worth a look at http://www.worktownwords.uk

So.. I’m back from a week away.. going to get busy.. I have notes galore for new material and I’m getting a new camper.. looking forward to positive steps out of lockdown!!..

Anyone still need a book or a mouthy compere with verse shout me up.. and last shout out is to the Keighley bearded theory crowd who it was good to catch up with in a Yorkshire dales field at the weekend!!

Latest pig pen activity

The camera never lies

Buzzin week in the pig pen… Lots going on.. plenty of book sales which is ace. It’s great that the message is spreading… And the book goes on line soon..

Official launch of talking myself out of trouble is coming along nicely at the gillery on bank holiday 29/30th may. https://fb.me/e/4mAns7Ymp

Just had a brilliant zoom Olly’s future around collaboration for their suicide prevention. Great work going on. Keep an eye out for stuff there. https://ollysfuture.org.uk/

Rebels and rule breakers Facebook interaction is going well.. I’ll have a stream chat going out with them on Monday 14th June.. it’s timed well as it’s the start of men’s mental health week.https://www.facebook.com/groups/2720270008236407/?ref=share

Did a great mini performance at “long story short” a new story telling / spoken word event coming to Manchester… Keep a look out.. was a great vibe.. here’s the insta link. https://instagram.com/longstoryshortmcr?igshid=1cffbzx2w06zq

I’ve also been filming with wet lemon productions. Photos and interview pre book live launch.. located in Mossley they have studios. Filming, photography, audio and much more.. creating a great local vibe.. I’ve attached an image!.. more to follow. https://m.facebook.com/WetLemonProductions/

So this is me… still … Talking myself out of trouble.. have a great weekend!!.

And breath

What a mad ten days it’s been since the books landed.. we have shifted In excess of 150 and that is through word of mouth, some social media pestering and a bit of forthright asking!!.. so thanks again to everyone who has jumped on the journey.

In other news the soft launch event is picking up nicely. All performance folk who will be joining me will be on the event by end of today. Most have been announced. And of coming book a table please and it is free!!…Here’s the event link.

Also on events here’s the website and info to the bigger event in July when more pals of multi genres will be pitching up in Mossley to share their wares!!… 9-11 July.. keep it free!! https://offthebeatntracks.live/

I’m just back from town after doing an interview at media city with a couple of media students who are creating some work around links between mental health recovery and creativity. So hopefully I’ll get a copy of that soon. A bit of chat around book and my journey and a few pieces performed at the end.

There’s a new story telling event coming to Manchester soon too. Long story short… I’ve been invited to a zoom session this Thursday and when covid restrictions allow they are taking it to a venue. So there’s something else to look out for. Here’s the connection.

Still busy talking to charity groups and spreading my story along with creative paths. But the book has absorbed time over last two weeks.. the calender is bulging in places but that’s a good sign I guess.. rebel chats, poetry podcasts, 2 day work shop at phantasmagoria.. yes that is a place!!!!. Local paper interviews and then book launch.. what a month!!!

So.. in a nut shell.. my worker bee is busy. But there is no sting these days.. if you haven’t got a book but would like one, please hit me up…

At Sayin last week!

Pig farmer turns to beef

I am over the moon and this little dog is happy and laughing!!

I cannot began to describe the reactions from the book release. I am astounded at the interest it has received. So thank you to all!!…

It’s been great to get out and drop books off at doors and say a long awaited hello To a few folk too.. the big batch posted are on their way too, so expect a delivery soon…

Last night was a first live gig, at the old abbey tap house in Hulme. Sayin event for the full pink moon, what a show they put on.. chuffed and buzzin to get back out live.. and I hardly fluffed my lines!!..

A few gig approaches are now coming in, so as they drop I will post. Also when the dust settles I will be sorting a PayPal link on website. But at the moment it’s buy from me via usual social media for book or owt else..

I’m a one man band so it’s a job at a time.. haha! Books posted and delivered is still top. Next gig so far is soft book launch.. details below.. remember book a table via The Gillery website as it’s still in part covid restrictions!!


Thank you again for those book purchase’s let’s keep the momentum and share it about please.. reviews and feedback posted on my socials too.. they all help..

By for now…

The courier

Watching the washing machine

Waiting for your first batch of self published books to land is like waiting for the click and washing machine door light to go off… But FedEx say they are now on their way!!..

People who have bought … Standby…

In other news, I have a nice article in Vibe which I have attached. Other media seem to be interested so hopefully the book will spread far and wide. Saying that copies have been ordered in Japan, Australia and Canada so we are reaching the far corners of the planet.

Local Poet Publishes Book About Mental Health and PTSD Recovery

I’ve also posted a soft book launch event local to me at The Gillery, Mossley. 29/30th May. Each day a musician friend and a couple of brilliant wordsmiths will be joining me. It is free, but book a table via the venue as space will be limited as we are still in mid covid restrictions.


I have also just stared planning workshops with Phantasmagoria in Ashton.. first two day event is in May and then we are talking about doing other projects with under priveleged members of the community.. exciting stuff…

Anyway I’m going to go sit at my front door. It’s sunny so what could go wrong. I’ve got new material to write up and emails to send to harass people to promote the book..

Have a nice weekend and happy day of St George for those inclined to celebrate!

Soft launch

So.. firstly thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in the book and especially to those who have committed and paid hard earned cash up front.. it means alot and the there is faith in the material and your jumping on the journey.. so big thanks!!!

For those that haven’t.. you still have time…I ordered spares!!! don’t wait until I’m lounging in my scruffs on a couch with Jonathan Ross…. Haha…. contact via email on website, Facebook or any other means I am on..

Next.. and for this not aware… A decent percentage of the book sales will be donated to Emmaus Mossley.. They have a great set up and work tirelessly helping the homeless.. so please check them out… And I’ve also attached some words from their director https://emmaus.org.uk/mossley/

“We are extremely grateful that Emmaus Mossley has been chosen to benefit from sales of this book. All of the funds raised will support our charity, helping us provide a home, work, training and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

“Leon The Pig Farmer has supported our charity for many years, shopping in our Secondhand Superstore, supporting our events and taking the time to get to know the people we support. We have seen first-hand the impact of his spoken word performances and look forward to seeing these poems in print within this book.”

Alison Hill, Director at Emmaus Mossley

So.. that’s it for now… just a book launch in the making at end of May.. details tonfollow… I’m buzzin thank you for reading… you know where I am …

Talking myself out of trouble

So… It’s here, the test press of my first and self published book.. And I am buzzin! So happy and it’s the start of a new chapter, pardon the pun.

It’s took a while from the seed planted last year but I’m glad it took the time. The illustrations by my mate Phil Wagstaff are immense. He’s such a talent with his own back story. He has helped create my vision of word and art interpretations in published form.

My pal Steve Reilly has been so helpful and took the raw form idea and turned it into the vibrant and punchy product that it now is.. His digital wizardry has been priceless.

Others have helped and are mentioned in the book. My next thank you I hope is to You!!.. I would love it if people backed this project and purchased a copy..

The focus is and always will be helping and inspiring others. A portion of the cost goes to Emmaus Mossley, who are part of a national charity organisation who help the homeless. So please check out what they do. https://emmaus.org.uk/mossley/

So, this is me “Talking myself out of trouble”… And introducing a book of 30 verse from soldier to spoken word via a mental health recovery journey to the world. Please share!

Book launch