Stiltman, A Tyke's Progress, by Jack Blackburn, is a companion text to a first book, Strange Threads which records over thirty years' work creating and promoting a variety of theatre based projects and productions.
Reading Neil McGregor's absorbing and rewarding History of the World in 100 Objects was the trigger which induced me to write this book: A History of My World in less than 100 Objects.
Things that have shaped and defined my life, influenced my progress through education, opportunity, and endless support and encouragement from friends and family, whether these things be Furniture or Bus Journeys, Asthma or Japan, Pinocchio or Homer, a Vietnamese Translator or Landscape. And more.
Fragments of Faience or a Stunted Thumb with Cricket Ball.
This Memoir, so evocative of time and place, past and present, is touching. Jack conjures up objects, landscapes and art that have mattered most to him, while painting memorable portraits of people loved and lost throughout his life.
It is all evoked with such an unflinching gaze, full of affection, humour, wonder and, above all, curiosity, that I found myself moved to laughter and tears in equal measure.
Simon Seligman (Discussions interviewer at Buxton Book Festival)
In his second book Jack has set out on his own odyssey through life, an exploration conducted through memories, people, landscapes and objects interconnectedness and nuances of our own lives.
A sensitive, sometimes quixotic, often unpredictable account of one person's expansive world, that celebrates the sheer pleasure of being alive. The book's wry sometimes dark comedic underpinning forged a bond as it progresses to the end, to that final last Night Letter.
Charlie Watson (Archivist/Researcher/Genealogist)