People to Watch in 2013

As 2012 draws to a close and all of us are still alive (stupid Mayans!), it’s time to look forward to the new year and what will be coming up. There are tons of projects that I’ve got planned for 2013, not least the new play I’ve been working on being put on by Leicester University Theatre in March (5-7th – more details here), as well as more poetry, working on that novel, continuing with Tornmile and lots of other project that only exist in the dark recesses of my mind.

But this blog post isn’t about me and all the exciting things I’ll be doing in the new year. Hopefully, you’ll be coming back week after week to find out more about those as we go along, and you’ll be able to keep up with all my important updates via Facebook and Twitter. No, this post is a selection of some of the people worth watching in 2013, who are destined for great things. So, without further ado let’s get started.

Natascha Adams
Natascha Adams

Those of you who follow my twitter feed won’t be surprised by Natascha’s appearance on this list, since I’ve tweeted and retweeted her music constantly over the last year. I regret absolutely nothing, since she is absolutely amazing. No, seriously. The first song I heard by her was “Taking Time”, which I then proceeded to play about 25 times a day for the rest of the month. Natascha writes her own songs as well as doing fantastic covers of some great songs by other artists. She has an absolutely wonderful voice, her song lyrics come straight from the heart, and I defy anyone to listen to her music without a huge grin appearing on their face.

You can hear more of Natascha’s music on Soundcloud and Youtube, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Diani Davies
Diani Davies

If you’ve taken the time to look through my links from the front page of this website, you might already have stumbled across Diani’s website. If you haven’t then you should absolutely take a look at it and read the stories she’s got on there. Not only that, but she’s also nearing completion on her first novel, which I have no doubt will find its way into a publishing house as soon as the last full stop is on the page. Weaving intelligent prose with tender emotion and a light touch on top to complete the mix, you won’t be disappointed by her writing.

You can read more of Diani’s work on her blog, and you can follow her on Twitter.

Sandy Adams
Sandy Adams

The second of the Adams family to make it onto this list (I just really wanted to write Adams family. It makes me happy.), Sandy is Natascha’s older brother and is just as talented. I’ve never heard him sing, but I wouldn’t put it past him to be very good at that. However, why he made it to this list is for his wonderful acting. I’ve had the fortune of sharing the stage with him on two occasions, most notably when I was Paris to his Tybalt in William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Interestingly, our characters have never spoken to one another on stage. This has given me the opportunity, however, to sit back and watch a master at work. Not only is Sandy an accomplished performer, whose knowledge of his craft is insurmountable, he also teaches it to us mere mortals as the Open House Manager (Theatre Workshops) for Leicester University Theatre. Watch out for him, because he’s going to be a household name!

Follow Sandy on Facebook for updates on his upcoming performances and other news.

Edward Spence
Edward Spence

The multi-talented Edward is possibly the nicest person that I know and very humble about his various crafts. As an actor he brings characters to life in seconds and makes them audience favourites whatever the role. Not only that but he is versatile – able to portray any character you want without any difficulty whatsoever. He also does a cracking impression of Tom Hardy’s Bane. Beyond that he is also the founder of Sovereign Studios, making impressive short films which show excellent promise for the future. He possesses an almost unique ability to envisage and imagine each shot in minute detail. As a writer he is working on a comic book and a feature length film, as well as other side projects. He writes with a naturalism that instantly makes his work real, even whilst giving reign to his imagination to create memorable, unique, and relatable characters. You can expect great things from Edward.

You can follow Edward on Twitter, and find his work as Sovereign Studios on YouTube, Tumblr, and Facebook.

So, there you go. My top five people to watch for 2013. Go, read, listen, watch, and enjoy! And whatever you do, wherever you go, have a fantastic new year!

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