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Housemartins star Stan Cullimore at Beverley Literature Festival
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GUITARIST-turned-author Stan Cullimore admits it is a journey into the unknown when he talks as part of the Beverley Literature Festival, which opens today.
As a musician and songwriter with The Housemartins, he performed in front thousands of fans and enjoyed several international top ten hits, including Caravan Of Love and Happy Hour.
Stan returns to East Yorkshire for this year’s Beverley Literature Festival to present Travels With My Uke: Writing Songs, Telling Stories, sharing some of his adventures, as well as hoping to create new songs together with the audience.
On Saturday (October 4) from noon, he faces a new audience at Beverley Library when he speaks as part of the children’s programme of activities.
“I’ve never done anything like this,” he said.
Stan, who now lives in Bristol with his wife and Mabel the dog, has four grown-up children and four young grandchildren who all live within strolling distance.
When he became a father, he wrote the Henrietta books for his children.
They were published to wide acclaim. He spent several years working with educational publishers such as Pearson, Longman, Heinemann and OUP, writing books for schools that have been used in classrooms all around the world.
“I was reading stories to the kids when they were small – I thought it was easier to just make up stories,” he said.
Stan obviously has a gift for writing children’s stories, having written more than 120 books, which have been published in more than 32 countries.
“It is amazing to think they are read all over the world.”
In recent years, Stan has also moved into television writing, producing, directing and appearing in a whole host of children’s shows, including Angelina Ballerina, Driver Dan’s Story Train and The Bopps, and he can presently be seen in CITV’s Bottom Knocker Street, where he wears a host of weird and wonderful disguises.
“I have given talks in a few schools, and although the children know Bottom Knocker Street, they don’t recognise me,” he said.
Stan has also branched out into journalism and writes a weekly column in the Bristol Post about life as a grandad, as well as writing travel and lifestyle articles for national papers and magazines.
But with the busy schedule, can he ever see The Housemartins reforming?
“I cannot see it. We are all so busy with other things,” he said.
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• Visit the Beverley Literature Festival website for more information and a full programme.

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