Elegy | Poetics for a beleaguered sea
Open your window and let the stars fall. / The tide is coming and for it we will wait. – Lisa Matthews
Join poet Lisa Matthews and visual artist Melanie Ashby in an elegy inspired by the Northumberland coastline, for the waters of the world.
“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction” – Rachel Carson
Spoken, written, audio and visual works are provoked by the writings of environmental campaigner Rachel Carson, and stirred by the wild bay and estuary of Beadnell, Northumberland, where in 2015 the artists were resident across four seasons.
A work-in-progress, this special event showcases creative work begun during the pilot “A Year in Beadnell”, and uses project materials to explore the fraught relationship of humankind with the oceans that surround us.
This event will be of interest to those who have never heard of this project, as well as those who have attended previous events or experienced earlier performances. See where we are up to as we develop the work in preparation for a new residency in Maine, USA – to tread the paths where Carson worked and encounter the coastline she loved, the way we love Northumberland.
“If there is poetry in my book(s) about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry” – Rachel Carson