Temporarily written along a mile long, new sea defence wall, around North Yorkshire's seaside resort, Scarborough's Marine Drive in July/ August 2018.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull was written & first published in 1970, considered by some as a 'self-help' book, taught at O'level to some & loved by old & young alike. The story tells of a seagull that wants more from life than just bickering for scraps & crumbs with the flock, banished for learning to fly it becomes a surreal, elevated tale of individuality, spirituality, hope & of living freely. Morals & values we all need a double shot of at present.
Many folk stopped to talk while i was writing the story, & so many had followed the tale around the wall, getting so much joy from the project, which is all that I wished for. The whole premise to write the book was to get more positive & uplifting messages into the public domain. We are so influenced, instructed & overwhelmed by image in our western culture, yet all wish to drive us to into some position, for profit, for media, for politics etc. Writing Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of several projects driven from the same premise; to get better, uplifting & more hopeful messages into the public domain. Relatively low cost, the story was accessed by all that walked around the promenade for 3 weeks
The seagull itself is a rather contentious issue in Scarborough, admittedly the local birds are huge & have a hearty diet of seaside fish & chips, left by the tourists. The seagulls over the years have become even more cheeky, both dive bombing & stealing food on an almost hourly basis through the summer months. Steven 'Seagull' is also Scarborough
The original plan was to write the whole book, semi temporary in chalk pens along the sea wall, so the whole book can be enjoyed by passing walkers, families & strangers alike. I was gratefully given an artist in residence with The Old Parcel Office