Jonny Walker is the founding director of ASAP (Association of Street Artists And Performers), a Liverpool-born singer songwriter, street culture activist and a professional street performer. He has been playing on streets throughout the UK since 2002. He has released his debut EP This Is Not Me on July 21st, 2012. He is a passionate believer in the importance of community, both on the streets and in wider society. Jonny is also a citizen advocate for Leeds Advocacy and he is a patron of Norwich-based charity, Musical Keys who provide music, movement and fun for children and young people with complex/additional needs. Find out more about him at his Facebook page and his website, or follow him on Twitter: @JonnyWmusic.
Philippa Morgan Walker is a journalist, writer and creative consultant. She has worked in Vogue House for over six years, as Fashion and Shopping Editor at GLAMOUR magazine online. Philippa has been published in numerous magazines, including VOGUE.com and Harpers Bazaar. She is a shopping expert (appearing on BBC radio & multiple international TV channels) and a passionate enthusiast of the British high street. Philippa studied Drama and English Literature at Manchester University and has worked on numerous arts projects, including student radio and educational theatre in prisons and probation. Follow her on Twitter: @PhilippaMorganW. Visit: philippamorganwalker.com
John H.Walker is an Associate Director of Keep Streets Live Ltd. John has had a lifelong love of the Arts, particularly theatre (enjoying a variety of roles in amateur dramatics) and delighting audiences with his beautiful tenor voice. His rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ has been shared multiple times via social media. A natural wordsmith John also enjoys writing. He has extensive ministry and pastoral experience, having worked as an Anglican Vicar for over forty years, including a five year missional role in the Anglican Church of Paraguay and currently as an Associate Minister at St George’s Church, Leeds (St George’s Crypt has a long-established ‘ministry’ working with the homeless, the vulnerable and those suffering from addiction.). John is delighted to be helping to develop ways of generating community welfare and worship on the streets.
Christian Eriksson is a freelance journalist investigating land issues, cities, power and political economy. He has contributed articles to The Guardian, Private Eye, openDemocracy and New Left Project. He is the Founding Co-Editor of Cod Philosophy, a collaborative blog about the influence of rotten ideas on public debate. Read more of his work on his website or find him on Twitter: @ChristiEriksson.
Patrons of ASAP:
Dr Roger Haydon Mitchell, Postgraduate Researcher – Roger directs a charitable trust that advises the church on negotiating social change. From 2005-2011 he was a postgraduate researcher in Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster, where as well as his advisory work he is now a teaching assistant in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Visit: rogerhaydonmitchell.wordpress.com/
David Kirwan, Managing Partner of Kirwans Solicitors – As Managing Partner and Head of Civil Litigation, David brings 42 years hands on experience together with the qualification of a Higher Court Advocate (Crime & Civil) to the conduct of commercial, partnership, business, planning, regulatory and licensing disputes. He also represents farmers in a range of agricultural issues including winning the notorious North Wales “golden crisp straw case”. Visit: kirwanssolicitors.co.uk
Dr Paul Simpson, Professor of Human Geography – Dr Paul Simpson is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Plymouth University. Paul first became interested in street performance/busking while studying for his undergraduate degree in Geography at Glasgow University. As part of these studies he ended up researching the local Blues music scene of which he was an active member. It turned out some members of this had turned to busking given potential gig-venues decreased in recent times and this planted the seed of an idea that busking would be a better summer job that working in Primark or other similar soul-destroying temporary/part-time retail work. Following a summer busking on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, he then moved to Bristol to carryout postgraduate studies, again in Geography. Here his MSc research looked at the street performance scene in Covent Garden, particularly in terms of the ways in which the space was regulated and how this impacted upon the experience of performing/performances. For his doctoral research, he returned to the street to busk, this time in Bath and Bristol, again looking at the interrelationship between the regulation of performance spaces, the experience of performing in the street as opposed to more formal performance spaces, and how the presence of performances can impact upon the ways members of the public experience those spaces. Paul has published this findings from this research in leading international academic journals and presented them at international academic conferences. He is currently pursuing further research on the role sound and other sensory experiences place in the ways in which public spaces are experienced, regulated, and policed. Visit: plymouth.ac.uk/staff/psimpson