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    Poetry Competition

    Parkinson's Art 

    Now is the chance to use your creative words and help support an amazing charity, Parkinson’s UK. Anyone over the age of 18 welcome. The theme of the competition is “what tomorrow brings” - Poems should be no more than 50 lines. The competition will be judged by Jan Sargeant and Annie Fan (President. Oxford University Poetry Society). The winning entrant will receive 50% of the ticket sales, the remaining 50% goes to the Parkinson's UK Charity. There will also be mystery prizes for runners up!

    Competition Closes at Midnight 25th September.

    Shortlist will be announced on Shaky Radio on the 26th Septrmber

    Winners will be announced during the New Poetry Show on Friday 2nd October 8pm

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    Jim Stevens 

    Like many radio presenters of a 'certain age', I caught the radio ‘bug’ when I listened to the British ‘pirate’ sations in the 1960s on my transistor radio. The jingles were my favourite part and ‘Big L’ had the best ones (and I’m now proud to say that I have some personalized versions on my show!).In the seventies, I started broadcasting on a hospital radio station in Surrey and one of my shows won a national competition for best hospital radio programme. Noel Edmonds was one of the judges!In 1976, I became a Butlin's redcoat entertainer presenting music and chat from their Radio Butlin studios at Clacton in Essex. Great fun, but very hard work. In the 1990's, I did the weekday morning show on Eclipse FM which broadcast on cable and FM. One of our directors was the legendary Dave Cash.A couple of years ago, I did a spell on the weekday afternoon show of a commercial station at the seaside in East Sussex. My most embarrassing moments in radio were interviewing Bo Didley who insisted I call him ‘Mr. Didley’, and when I interviewed the comedian Richard Digance and I got a nose-bleed halfway through!I now really enjoy presenting my weekly Happy Hour show – and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it!www.happyhourshow.weebly.com

    John Scotter

    One 3am and Shaky Radio was born as an idea. Now some 6 moths later we have a team of volunteers who contribute programming idea and skills. Next step is Charitable Status!

    I have been in the backgrowned of a number of radio based projects throughout my life. Prsenting the odd show now I hope PD willing to have a regular show on Shaky Radio. 

    Rob Fedorczyk

    I am a musician who is absolutely passionate about music, an acoustic, electric and slide guitarist, but Parkinson’s Disease has been slowly whittling away my musical skills for the past 9 years.
    I have been in a number of bands over the years playing blues, bluegrass and folk.
    I have hosted (and still do) an acoustic open mic, Sitgreaves’ Coffeehouse for 15 years.
    I live in the woods of Williams township, Pennsylvania, USA.
    Of course my favorite instruments are guitars, but number two are chain saws.
    I have a recording studio in a barn we refer to as The Vault. When I am not working outdoors, that is where you find me.
    To date I have 6 CD’s recorded and I have always shared them at no cost what so ever.
    I am a retired Integrated Circuit Physical Design Engineer.
    Johnny Winter is my favorite recording artist and performer.
    And my wife Jane is my amazing angel.
    And my musical pen name is AreZeroBe which comes from the way I write my name … lower case r (Are) numerical zero,0 (Zero) lower case b (Be)
    AreZeroBe =r0b

    Tony Da

    Tony Da is a musician and a passionate music aficionado, who lives in the English Midlands. He has been involved in music, in one form or another, for most of his life. Having founded his first band at the age of 15 with local friends, he has been in numerous bands in an amateur or semi-professional capacity since then as well as performing and singing in amateur dramatic groups. He has sung lead vocals and played guitar and bass over the years, mainly on local pub and club circuits. The catalyst for his interest in performing came with the punk movement of the 1970’s, which shook-up the music establishment and showed him that it was possible to make music even with the most basic tools, as long as you had the enthusiasm to try. However, prior to that, and to this day, he has a keen interest in a wide, variety of music ranging from blues to progressive and heavy rock, from jazz to classical and from indie to folk, as witnessed by his large, eclectic, record collection. He has written many original songs over the years and is currently one half of, Echofinity, who continue to write and record, original work, to this day. Having been diagnosed with PD in 2014 he stepped back from performing and works as a studio based musician, and enjoys sharing his musical choices with you on Shakyradio.

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    Julie Walker

    I was diagnosed at 44 in 2012 with young onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD).
    Today, seven years diagnosed, I try to remain positive and concentrate on what I can do, rather than dwelling on what I can’t.

    In January 2017 I invented a word; Parkinality; Parkin(sons) (person)ality. I started a website about living with YOPD, www.parkinality.co.uk, which has links to all parkinality projects .

    My latest project is as a contributor to Shaky radio, reading poetry and talking about my PD life.

    Since 2017 I have a blog, YouTube channel, Facebook page, and a monthly column in the Bishop’s Stortford Independent Newspaper, along with various interviews.
    Andy Johnson and I have co-written a play, ‘These Three Words’ which reached the final of a local playwright competition. It highlights the effect a diagnosis has on friends and family.

    I am also writing my second poetry book. The first, The Parkinality Poetry Book was published in July 2019.
    This first book has a subtle message, hoping it will appeal beyond the Parkinson's community.
    I write and perform at local festivals and open mic nights. 30% of monies from royalties earned going to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

    I cannot cure PD, but I can raise awareness, to create more understanding and highlight the urgent need for a cure.

    Ian Scarrett
    (DJ Scazza)

    Born in 1961 and live in Birmingham, U.K.
    I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2014 (aged 53) but want to use that as a springboard for something on my bucket list - which I didn't even know I had!
    I always wanted to play music to people in the hope that they'd hear something that they thought was brilliant- so thank you, Parkinson's. I am part of the group called young people living with Parkinson's which is reaching out in particular to working age people with or affected by Parkinson's living in Birmingham, Solihull and beyond.
    I want to bring a mix of great music from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond together with information that I hope will be useful to those with, or affected by Parkinson's living in the West Midlands.
    If you would like to be involved by telling your story of how Parkinson's has affected you please
    get in touch. If you are involved in something that is Parkinsons related, like research, official groups or non medicinal related, and that you think others might be interested in, please get in touch. If you just want me to play your favourite track, then ask me. But there is more chance of me playing your request if you can give me your Parkinson's related story.
    Contact me scazzparky@outlook.com marking it for dj Scazza 

    Kathy Barham

    Kathy has been obsessed with music since she was a toddler and persuaded her parents that the emerging Liverpool band they weren’t too keen on was actually fab and was consequently given their records Beatles For Sale and Help when they came out. Now, half a century later, she boasts a huge record collection that includes vinyl, cassettes, cds and mp3s and which threatens to take over the family home and computer hard drive.

    Never one to ignore new sounds, Kathy continues to seek out the latest releases and new musical talent, enjoys going to gigs and has recently started hosting live musical events in her home town. She has also written and published a book about the local radio station that first fuelled her radio obsession, and in 2011 she ventured into radio herself for the very first time and presents a new music show called The Music Truffler on her local community radio station.

    Jim Stevens

    Like many radio presenters of a 'certain age', I caught the radio ‘bug’ when I listened to the British ‘pirate’ sations in the 1960s on my transistor radio. The jingles were my favourite part and ‘Big L’ had the best ones (and I’m now proud to say that I have some personalized versions on my show!).In the seventies, I started broadcasting on a hospital radio station in Surrey and one of my shows won a national competition for best hospital radio programme. Noel Edmonds was one of the judges!In 1976, I became a Butlin's redcoat entertainer presenting music and chat from their Radio Butlin studios at Clacton in Essex. Great fun, but very hard work. In the 1990's, I did the weekday morning show on Eclipse FM which broadcast on cable and FM. One of our directors was the legendary Dave Cash.A couple of years ago, I did a spell on the weekday afternoon show of a commercial station at the seaside in East Sussex. My most embarrassing moments in radio were interviewing Bo Didley who insisted I call him ‘Mr. Didley’, and when I interviewed the comedian Richard Digance and I got a nose-bleed halfway through!I now really enjoy presenting my weekly Happy Hour show – and I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it!www.happyhourshow.weebly.com

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    Janette Dunridge

    Exercise is medicine for everyone, but even more so for those with PD. Personalised exercise programmes address your unique symptoms & improve confidence. 

    Steve Algar

    An Award nominated Presenter and DJ/Broadcaster with Multi Award nominated shows and lots of fun and experience in the Studio.
    The SAS (Steve Algar Show) brings you diversity in his music with something for everyone, from Easy Listening to Hard Rock, just the way You like it with his easy broadcasting style.

    An extremely busy man but Steve enjoys his time when he is in the Studio On- Air or meeting listeners out and about.

    A real aficionado, Steve’s knowledge of 1970’s music is legendary and is often tested by Friends and Family

    A Veteran of many interviews, Steve has interviewed such Celebrities as Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)
    Boris Johnson (Prime Minister), Ali Campbell (UB40) and Beverley Craven name but a few.

    Steve has been on a number of radio stations including, Brill 1449, Philipinas 104.3. Cleveland FM, Florida Sound, Radio Oxford, Coastal Sound, WRFN (UK) Gold, On Digital Radio, Shaky Radio, Chat FM and Radio Active Malta

    At other times he can be found with his Friends and with his other passion which is Arsenal Football Club.

    Hailing from the Beautiful County of Buckinghamshire, Steve also likes to Cycle and Run and is often seen at the Theatre or Cinema and may also be found in his garden. 

    Dave Watkins

    Dave Edwards

    Dave Edwards has been associated with the world of Radio Broadcasting for over 40 years, having started as many do, in Hospital Radio. He was one of the driving forces behind the formation of The Loughborogh Hospitals Broacasting Service (LHBS) back in 1975.
    In fact Dave was the Station Manager for several years.

    Dave has, over the years, worked for both Commercial and Publicly funded radio stations both here in the UK, as well world-wide.
    He started as a Studio Assistant at BBC Radio Leicester in 1976.
    He was used as a Commercial 'Voice Over' talent on Radio Trent in Nottingham and Mercia Sound in Coventry in the eighties.

    Having grown up in the Sixties, and having experienced the Seventies, he has a genuine love for the popular music of those two decades.
    His special love of the 70's is reflected in his show called 'That Seventies Sound' which he produces and presents each and every week. 

    Hostage of the Mind

    A passionate and emotional book of poetry describing the struggle coping with illness

    A Look Inside: My Parkinson's Life in Poetry 

    Born in London, Dean G. Parsons is a renowned psychotherapist and writer now living in the beautiful county of Suffolk; the home of many of his ancestors. Diagnosed in 2017 with Parkinson's Disease, Dean uses narrative and richly descriptive poetry to tell a story of his relationship with Parkinson's going back to his childhood and even further back in his family history. If you have Parkinson's and you want to have a useful way of describing your illness to others, Dean's book would do it for you. This frank and often gritty account of life as a person with Parkinson's gives insight into a challenging life experience but, importantly, sends a message of hopefulness and optimism, too. Simply gift it to someone special or keep it handy on the shelf or coffee table and encourage your visitors and guests to read Dean's experiences.

    Park Climate change 

    This is a poetry collection by myself and 8 other Parkinson's Poets. We feel strongly about climate change and the environment and wish to add our voices to those seeking these issues to be treated seriously. Park Climate Change hopes to inform and enlighten with details on how our interactions affect nature and to convey the urgency that some of our politicians and leaders wish to dismiss. I hope you will read the book and join with us to help us shake the world.

    Jigsaw

    Out NOW! A Compilation of Poems Written by People Affected by Parkinson’s Disease

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