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The Hill – A Multi-media Poetry Event with Angela France
October 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event will take the form of a multi-media presentation based on poems from Angela France’s new poetry collection The Hill, published by Nine Arches Press. The book is Angela’s fourth collection and is a psychogeography of a hill she has walked for fifty years, blending her experience with the layered human history of the place. Angela will present the poems as part of a show which includes pictorial references as well as recordings giving voice to the local people who have worked and played on the hill. Thirty years before Kinder Scout, a quarry owner closed the hill to local people and this led to riots; the ringleaders were working men, clay-diggers and labourers, and the court case papers in the county archives have provided source material which has been recorded by a voice actor for the show. This is not versified history; the poems are contemporary and innovative, acknowledging the influence of past events while engaging with the hill and its life now.
While the book and show are focussed on one place, the poems, and the voices in the show, raise questions about land and who can own it, who can walk on it or be denied it. Audiences from elsewhere are finding resonances in its themes of protecting green spaces, particularly with contemporary concerns about fracking, building on green belts, and the threat of parks closing.
Free entry. BYOB.
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