Talk
Tue 07 Nov 2017

The Old Weird Albion

18.30-19.30 followed by drinks reception and book launch.

The Old Weird Albion is a creative non-fiction exploring memory, myth and the landscape of the South Downs by American writer Justin Hopper. Published by Penned in the Margins, this event celebrates the release of this poetic essay of encounters with forgotten histories, eerie suburbs, eccentrics and visionaries.

Alongside book readings, Hopper is joined by photographer Wendy Pye showing her images engaged with suicide and cultural memory at the cliffs of Beachy Head; artist and writer Angus Carlyle reads from his own work A Downland Index (Uniformbooks), documenting 100 successive runs across the South Downs; and musician Sharron Kraus performs a new composition with Hopper inspired by the landscape at Chanctonbury Ring.

Following the performances and discussion join us for a drink and pick up a copy of The Old Weird Albion ahead of its release.

Speakers

Angus Carlyle is Professor of Sound and Landscape Director of CRiSAP at London College of Communication. His research explores sound and text as artistic practice, contemporary photography, 'Landscape' and site specificity.

Justin Hopper is a writer from Pittsburgh, USA, living and working in England. His site-specific audio poems have been commissioned and funded by the Shorelines Festival of Literature of the Sea, the SPILL Festival of Performance and the Sprout Fund, and included collaborators such as Scanner, Shirley Collins, Jem Finer, Lost Harbours and Susie Honeyman.

Sharron Kraus is a singer of folk songs, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose solo work and collaborations offer a dark and subversive take on traditional music. Her music is influenced by gothic literature, surrealism, myth and magick.

Wendy Pye is a visual artist using photography and film who is interested in creative and cultural practices relating to nature and the landscape. Her work taps into environmental psychology exploring multi-layered narratives of, and spiritual associations with, a ‘sense of place’. Since 2008, Wendy has created bodies of work that respond to the well-known beauty spot Beachy Head in East Sussex. 

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