I met with Stephen Tompkinson to discuss the forthcoming Inspector Banks TV series in Florida last month. I don’t have a lot more news except that the director is to be James Hawes (Enid, The 39 Steps, several Merlin and Doctor Who episodes) and filming begins at the end of April. As soon as I have any word on who’s playing Annie, I’ll post it.
This year is shaping up to be a very busy one from August onwards, with the BAD BOY Tour kicking off in the UK, then Australia, New Zealand and Canada with hardly a chance of a break between countries. More details when I have them.
Before then I’ll be doing a couple of events in Ontario over the summer, including programming and introducing a night of chamber music in Ottawa on July 10 and performing at the Leacock Festival in Orillia on July 23. I’ll also be teaching a Crime Writing course at the University of Toronto from July 5 to 9.
There’s plenty of great new music to keep me going. Saw Kate Rusby at Hugh’s Room in Toronto last night, and she was terrific. New CDs stacked up include Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate, Amy Macdonald, Jimi Hendrix, Jesca Hoop, Joanna Newsom, Josh Rouse, the White Stripes, and string quartets by Haydn and Tchaikovsky.