Maureen Lipman unveils new Amy statue

The grand finale of Amy Johnson Festival (except for the Big Moth Charity Auction next April) was the unveiling on Friday 30 September by Maureen Lipman of a beautiful bronze statue of Amy Johnson. Modelled and cast by sculptor Stephen Melton, the statue was a joint commission between Amy Johnson Festival Limited and Keepmoat Group, […]

An Adieu from Amy!

We’re busy moving boxes and clearing out our office today – feel free to give us a hand if you’re passing Zebedee’s Yard – but the Festival still isn’t quite over.   A Life in Pictures: The Collected Photographs runs until September 27 at the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull from 10.00am […]

The Wind and the Weather: Matheson Marcault

Our new game, The Wind and the Weather, is an interactive story about Amy Johnson. Our game was commissioned by the Amy Johnson Festival,  as part of their series of twelve new writing commissions exploring different aspects of Amy’s life. It takes ten or fifteen minutes to play, and focuses on the last few hours of Johnson’s journey. This […]

Queen of Air: Joe Kriss and Annie Watson

Working on the creation of ‘Queen of Air’ was an amazing experience. It begun with research, reading Madge Gillie’s excellent biography and discovering Amy spent her student years in Sheffield living 5 minutes round the corner from my house which helped bring her alive to me. Its an incredible story. One of the key things […]

Freelancing and Fluttering

From moths to planes to kites to photos, it’s been a whirlwind of activity for me the last few months at Amy Johnson Festival. This last fortnight has been a culmination of two of the main projects I have overseen as Exhibition Co-ordinator, the first being A Flutter of Moths. We worked with local company […]

Strata Homes: Red Letter Days and Amy

Here at Strata Homes, we’ve been getting into the spirit of things throughout August and September as Hull celebrates the Amy Johnson festival. We’re feeling really lucky to be involved with a festival right at the heart of Hull culture; so much so, we’ve been showing off our own multi-coloured creature as part of the […]

Sarah Wilkinson: Memories Light the Corners of my Mind

I stopped the car outside 154 St. George’s Road, Hull, and got out. I looked up at the modest red brick house. I stood for a long time staring up at the windows, trying to imagine the sounds, sights and smells of this house when little Amy Johnson was running around it in the early […]

The Serendipity of Amy

    The freelance life loves a bit of serendipity.  Last Spring, I bought a big notebook covered in old flying machines, because … well, I just liked it.  Until then, Amy Johnson was simply a famous name from the past, someone mentioned now and then at home when I was a girl, because she’d […]

A Concert for Amy: crash mats, coffee and cycling

The wonderful side of being programme lead for performing arts for the Amy Johnson Festival is accompanying artists on their journey as they take initial ideas through to performance. Quite a few months ago I met the diminutive whirlwind that is composer and musician Kerrin Tatman in Cafe Velo in Beverley. It was an odd […]

Aviatrix: Amy, Flight and Freedom

With new commission Aviatrix launching to a packed house last night and looking forward to a week-long run at Kardomah94, we asked Ensemble 52 director Andrew Pearson about the process and challenges in devising such a diverse, contemporary piece – When we were asked to create a piece for the Festival we felt that whatever […]