Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Steve Bonham


Steve Bonham Wide-brimmed hat. Long dark coat. Guitar slung on back. 31 years on the road. A hundred thousand miles and half a thousand hotel rooms. From the Berlin Wall to the Atlas Mountains, from the Sahara Desert to the streets of Hong Kong, from the Appalachian Mountains to the frozen lakes of Ontario: a memory brewed in the long simmering soup of people and place. A man who has learned to watch and to listen, to walk and talk in the ebb and flow of meeting and parting. He is a chronicler of the human spirit in words and music. His is an intimate creativity – drawn from the direct experience that steve-bonhamcomes from getting dirt on your boots; dust in your eye and sweat on your brow.

Steve Bonham is a storyteller, a published author, an inveterate traveller, for decades a songwriter, performer and musician, and an award-winning psychologist. Born in Derbyshire, England, Steve studied psychology and philosophy at university. He has recorded more than 10 albums; two musicals; and several books including A Little Nostalgia for Freedom. He is the author of the Vagabond Philosopher blog

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As Steve Carter:
The Road to Audacity

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • (5 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403906173
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403906175

As Steve Bonham:
A Little Nostalgia for Freedom

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178088415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780884158

A Beautiful Broken Dream

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan Creative Ltd (1 Oct. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1916454801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1916454804

Stumbling Over Eden (in prep)
Synopses of books
A Beautiful Broken Dream
A picaresque journey in search of the spirit and soul of America, an America beyond the headlines. A Beautiful Broken Dream is a ‘trail journal’ of stories, poems and lyrics all tied together by a journey mostly on foot through the great forests of the southern states of the US and then a trip along the music road, from Ashville to Nashville and New Orleans with his sometime travelling companion and great friend, the artist Dinny Pocock. Endeavouring to avoid irritable bears, rattlesnakes, agitated natives, over-exuberant creeks, and a whole variety of other challenges, they throw themselves into the heart of Appalachia and the Southern States and the music that flows from it. What emerges is a wry, compassionate,a-little-nostalgia-for-freedom idiosyncratic and highly personal view of this land and the ‘truth’ it holds for all of us. Buy A Beautiful Broken Dream online

A Little Nostalgia for Freedom
A voyage through places and ideas, A Little Nostalgia for Freedom explores the desire to, on the one hand, put down roots, to conform and fit in, and on the other yearn for a freer, more adventurous life. The consequence of surrendering our freedom to the mortgage and the career is that we might end up living not quite the life we expected to live, haunted by a sense of possibility just at the edge of our experience.

As he takes us on a wry and idiosyncratic journey through London, Morocco, Hong Kong and the Sahara, encountering thought-provoking and odd characters along the road, Steve searches for ways that we can reconnect with our lost sense of freedom by adopting a more audacious way of being and, in doing so, open up new possibilities in our lives. The result: challenging and witty insights into the roots of our restlessness and ‘five rules of the road’ for a more adventurous and possibly more fulfilling life. Buy A Little Nostalgia for Freedom Online

Literary Festival Appearances

Wigtown Book Festival: 2018, 2013, 2012
Isle of Wight 2014
Chorlton Arts Festiva; 2013

Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers:
My name is Steve Bonham. I am a writer, musician and performer For many years I have been a bit of a vagabond  heading out ,mostly on my two feet along the backways and byways. There is a ‘truth’ in journeying that I find compelling – to take to the trail ‘opens’ you out to chance and serendipity  – the wonderful world of accidental meetings and encounters. It’s about getting the dirt under your finger nails, the blisters on your feet in the  quixotic compelling attempt to see the world through other eyes.

This has led me to being followed by Moroccan secret police down the Draa valley dressed in djellabahs riding velocette motor bikes, sleeping in hollowed out mound of ice called a Quinzee on the frozen lakes of Ontario and riding around Greek islands on a motorbike with my underpants drying on the handlebars.
The outputs of this? Not so much travel books as much as explorations in the form of prose, songs and poetry.  And explorations in turn, not so much of places, but ideas. My last book, A Little Nostalgia for Freedom was  described as: “beguiling blend of travelogue , psychology and the philosophy of identity” (Wigtown Book Festival)

‘Gone to Look for America, ’ my latest project, is a search for the myth, moonshine and madness of  America born out of a journey mostly on foot through the great forests of the southern states of the US and then a trip along the music road, from Ashville to Nashville and New Orleans
Gone to Look for America so far, consists of a trail journal ‘ A Beautiful Broken Dream’ and two albums of songs: The Girl With The Rattlesnake Heart and Reliance. It was launched at Wigtown Book Festival in 2018 to a sold-out audience and Steve will be taking it the US in March 2019.

Contact email: steve@stevebo[nha] (remove square brackets from email)
Contact telephone ? +44 7711 788248


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