Singer Edwyn Collins visiting stroke survival film screening in Sheffield

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A singer-songwriter who rebuilt his life and returned to performing despite suffering two massive strokes is appearing in Sheffield on Wednesday at a screening of a film about his journey back to health.

Edwyn Collins - former leader of the band Orange Juice who has enjoyed success as a solo act - will play an acoustic set as well as taking part in a question and answer session alongside his wife, Grace Maxwell.

The film, called The Possibilities Are Endless, follows how Edwyn learned to walk and talk again with Grace’s help after suffering the near-fatal strokes in 2005.

The Scottish musician spent six months in hospital, and when he woke up from a coma he was only able to repeat two phrases - ‘Grace Maxwell’ and ‘the possibilities are endless’ - other than the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

Edwyn is visiting Sheffield as part of the city’s Off The Shelf and Sensoria festivals.

The screening will be introduced by Simon Goddard, author of a book about the independent record company Postcard, which released Orange Juice’s early work.

The event, at the Sheffield University students’ union auditorium on Western Bank, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7, concessions £5.

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