A SUCCESSFUL musician who has just had his second novel, ConeBoy, published is planning to go out on the road later this year to publicise the book and entertain audiences with some well-chosen anecdotes.

Clive Parker-Sharp, who played drums and guitar in bands including the Members, Spizz Energi and Big Country, will be talking about ConeBoy with songs featuring art-rock collaborator Marshall Star.

Clive’s first book The Box came out in 2012 and is now being adapted for TV while the new book is a semi-autobiographical work and on tour will be played out in spoken-word and song by Clive and Marshall.

“We’ve re-scheduled shows, and will be back with a vengeance when the lockdown lifts, with planned dates in Brighton, across Sussex, including Lewes, Rye, Hastings and Newhaven’s wonderful Arts Festival, then fanning out round the rest of the country,” promises Clive of his ConeBoy events.

The spoken word and music mash-up teases out narrative from Clive’s current novel, ConeBoy, through a heady mix of uplifting acoustic songs and adapted passages.

Clive added: “We had great success with previous shows, at Brighton and Hove Libraries, and this will plough a similar furrow.

“Drawing on the pioneering DIY spirit of my punk days, we’ve used the isolation period to enhance the performances and bring in more music.

“I feel everyone will be in the mood to get out and lift the spirits with new culturally exciting work, pulling in some special guests along the way.

“To engender that, I’ve tried to make all the shows free, or at cost.”

His first book The Box which spawned the theatre show Sex Drugs and Music Hall is now being produced for TV.

The rescheduled dates for the ConeBoy shows, featuring collaborator Marshall Star, are as follows but could still change depending on the eventual lifting of the lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.

All Saints Centre, Lewes (July 22); The Venue, St Paul’s Arts Centre, Worthing (August 5 and August 6); Newhaven Arts Festival (August 22 to September 6); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill (September 6 and September 7); Printed Matter bookshop, Hastings (January 8, 2021); Twelve Hundred Postcards, Hastings (January 9); Kino-Teatr, St Leonards (January 15 and January 16); DC1 Gallery, Eastbourne (February 6); Creative Centre, Rye (April 14); Almonry. Battle (May 28) and Phoenix Art Space, Brighton (July 2).