HARK!

The sound of stories.

An online evening of music and imagery inspired by contemporary folk tales, tragic history and poetry through the ages - all hosted from the majestic Darlington Crown Street Library, and beamed directly into your homes through the magic of the internet. Fill your ears and your eyes with songs of witches, ghosts, haunted houses, and robots – even in the age of computers, history repeats itself.

 

STICK IN THE WHEEL

Presenting Robot, inspired by the story ‘Robot’ from Tom Cox’s book Help the Witch – and more. Stick In The Wheel’s work is rooted in traditional music, informed by the modern electronic music that grew out of their East London heritage. Known for their label From Here Records’ – the label behind the concept album Help The Witch (‘the best folk horror album of 2020’) – they push forward the contemporary tradition of roots music, whilst maintaining and celebrating music from our collective histories - conjuring the past to point toward the future. Their new album Hold Fast is out now.

 

JACK SHARP

Jack Sharp contributed haunted folk song ‘The Vanished House’ to Help the Witch. Adept at bringing to life the hauntings of history, his first solo album Good Times Older is ‘imbibed with a very tangible sense of place, memory and belonging’.
READING: AN EXTRACT FROM TOM COX’S AWARD-WINNING SHORT STORY COLLECTION HELP THE WITCH

 

KATHERINE BETTERIDGE

Multimedia artist Katherine Betteridge brings us three atmospheric and intense videos, with music and imagery inspired by and incorporating poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark Nepo and Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. We recommend you have a cushion to hide behind.
READING: POEM ‘MUSIC’ BY RAINER MARIA RILKE
READINGS FROM RENOWNED WRITERS

 

TOM COX

Award-winning author of short story collection Help the Witch, and nine other books.

 

LISETTE AUTON

Disabled writer, activist, spoken word artist and children’s author

 

PLUS! FREE ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP @ 2-4pm

Francoise Harvey will lead you through using music, lyrics and memories as prompts to inspire your writing, whether you prefer to write poetry or prose. Suitable for writers of all levels. Please register your interest in advance by emailing tracksdarlington@gmail.com

 

Suitable for ages 13+
Video will premiere at 7:30pm on Oct 11th
Facebook: https://bit.ly/3dcH8co
Youtube: https://youtu.be/nNsfUQGv9ZY
Watch live, or watch back later
Free to view, or donate at paypal.me/tracksdarlington

 

This event has only been made possible by the continued generosity and support of Creative Darlington, to whom we offer our thanks!