Gone Westering | Sinéad Morrissey and Catriona Macdonald
Inspired by Norwegian folklorist Arne Bjørndal’s visit to Shetland in 1949, Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey joins forces with Shetland fiddler and composer, Catriona Macdonald, to explore, through a complex interweaving of voice and music, ideas of tradition, the dynamics of archives, and our connection to the past. Catriona Macdonald is Senior Lecturer and Degree Programme Director of the BA in Folk and Traditional Music at Newcastle University. She currently performs with her own band, as well as with international fiddle band String Sisters. Sinéad Morrissey is the author of six poetry collections. On Balance (2017) won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University.
Brecht Then and Now
Poet David Constantine and translator Tom Kuhn present the life and times of the great German writer Bertolt Brecht in an electric performance fusing poems, narration, songs, music and photographs. The performance traces the vagaries of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism through the lens of Brecht’s poetry, translated into English for the first time as a complete edition (Norton, 2018). Here is a poet who, in speaking to the crises of his times, urgently addresses the crises of our own. The event includes soprano Sarah Gabriel, who has performed operatic roles from Handel and Mozart to Benjamin Britten and many contemporary new works, as well as musical directors Joseph Atkins and Sue Parrish.
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