Jonny Walker is the founding director of ASAP (Association of Street Artists And Performers), a Liverpool-born singer songwriter, political 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 children’s charity, Musical Keys. Find out more about him at his Facebook page and his website, or follow him on Twitter: @JonnyWmusic.
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