Set and Turn Single Magazine - the
magazine for folk dancers. Edited by Chris Turner for 17 years.
Some of my contributions to this
magazine over the period March 2011 to July 2016 are reproduced on the following pages. My
first contribution was a large article in issue 68. I saw the
magazine as rather inward looking and tame - there seemed to be little analysis of what
might be done to encourage wider public participation in folk dancing.
So for five years I tried to introduce some serious debate. Often, I wrapped up key points
in a layer of humour in order both to make longer articles more readable and to help
provoke responses. I generally succeeded! However, on too many occasions I have had to
explain to people that they should look beyond the humour. Even then, some of them didn't
It was an interesting five years. The editor of STS, Chris Turner, was kind enough to tell
me that he had collected a few more subscriptions because of my contributions - and a few
people have even told me how much they enjoyed them. This letter of appreciation from
Andrea and Terry Stodell was in the final issue:
"Letters you have had aplenty, but the most prodigious writer seems to be the now
infamous Steve Wozniak. How he has riled people! But then he provokes others to answer and
provide even more great reading! We only met him 18 months ago on the dance floor and can
now actually put a face to the name. (Proof that he really does exist! Ed)
Similar sentiments were expressed earlier by Henry Morgenstein from the USA in issue 87 - he praised STS for being a magazine that allowed
controversy and real discussion, as opposed to only sanitised comments from
The darker side to my STS articles and to my coverage of the Sidmouth Folk Festival for 15 years is that I became
the target for several vendettas. These have included refusing me a stewards ticket for
Sidmouth, excluding me from Bridport ceilidhs and most recently
from Eastbourne Folk Dance Festival (early discussion half way down this page). All of these matters, and the exclusion of other
people from other folk dance venues are discussed in more detail elsewhere.
The assertion that vendettas against me have their roots in dislike of my writing (rather
than being centred on the style of my dancing) is easily argued - for many years prior to
2011 I was a more spirited and less disciplined dancer than I have been of late - yet no
objections were raised. Only once I became 'infamous' via STS were the knives sharpened in
It was my intention to end writing about folk dance with the publication of my 2016 dance diary. However, the various vendettas against me
in 2016 have encouraged inclusion of further material. Everything, including the STS
material, may now be re-ordered into some sort of an e-book, maybe as late as 2022.
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they
do not want to hear. George Orwell. Proposed Preface to Animal Farm.
Comments can be sent to stevewozniak42 (AT) hotmail.com -
obviously replace the (AT) by @. Constructive comments may be acted upon.
Some of my contributions are already on my website but mixed up with the Sidmouth Festival pages - I'll try and rationalise it
all before the end of 2018. In the meantime expect a few broken links.....I'm very busy in
2017 doing other things, if I should live that long........
My contributions to Set and
Turn Single magazine - and a few of the more intelligent responses.
This section may be
completed by the end of 2017. Many pages are currently blank.
sts68 - my first contribution to folk dance discussion, March
sts69 - a letter questioning the need for formal club
committees - and one from me on basic physics as applied to dancing.
sts74 - A letter from Tony Weston bemoaning the state of
English folk dance clubs. Also, dance club finances and sound levels at ceilidhs -
two articles from Steve Wozniak.
sts75 - Linda Selwood responds to a list of complaints from
Tony Weston about the image of folk dance clubs, and responses to my article about folk
sts76 - Eastbourne Folk Dance festival 2012 - a ripping yarn!
sts78 - Why I took up folk dancing as a hobby.
sts80 - On-line (computer) dating compared to folk dancing as a
means to an end! The STS dating agency?
sts81 - A discussion of speed dating at folk dances.
sts82 - A discussion of gypsy moves - looking into eyes!
sts87 - Nice to know I am appreciated!
sts89 - Letters asking why I am being singled out and
persecuted - and some comments about Eastbourne and Chippenham festivals.
sts95 - many contributions about Sidmouth Folk Week in 2015,
and about Gittisham Dance Club.
sts99 - an article from Phil Kenton outlining how a club had
been run for years without a committee - and my letter praising IVFDF 2015 in Coventry
sts100 (issue 100, July 2016, the last of the paper editions)
Top of folk clubs page - folk dance clubs in Devon
Gittisham Folk Dance club - the original website
Sidmouth Folk Festival - the history since
How to run a folk dance club - experiences over 15 years
(most pages not yet completed)
Folk Dance Diary 2016 - highlights of a year folk dancing.