HARK! The Sound of Stories
Revisiting songs from her Emily Dickinson-inspired album Graphic As A Star.
Josephine Foster is a genre bending musician, artist and composer from Colorado, USA, known around the world for her own out-of-time singing and songs, as well as for the interpretation and setting of poets from days of yore.
Her acclaimed album of Emily Dickinson poems ‘Graphic as a Star’ was released in 2010 on Fire Records.She has also set the poems of Joyce, Coleridge, Cather, Poe, Millay, and others. Her collaborations and performances with figures from the underground around the world contrast with the popular appeal of her work, which has been featured in films and television.
Introduces her new album Invisible Music: Folk Songs That Influenced Angela Carter (2021). In 2003, tucked away in her garden shed, 28-year-old Polly Paulusma recorded her debut album Scissors In My Pocket. Record label One Little Indian signed her up and ‘Scissors…’ received immediate and widespread critical acclaim upon its international release in 2004. Paulusma was catapulted round the world, supporting Bob Dylan, Jamie Cullum, Coldplay, The Divine Comedy, Marianne Faithfull, and played Glastonbury, T in the Park and Cambridge Folk Festival. Since then she has released two studio albums and is slated to release two more (‘Invisible Music’, and a 24-track double album ‘The Pivot On Which Everything Turns’, in 2022). She founded folk label Wild Sound in 2012, now an imprint at the newly-named One Little Independent. She teaches English/song to Cambridge English undergraduates and has just completed a PhD on Angela Carter’s folk singing.
Find her music at: www.pollypaulusma.com
Performances will be interspersed readings from poets Jacqui Wicks of Schwa, and Stockton-based poet and activist Dianne Casey.
The event will be hosted by local musician and author Francoise Harvey, from Darlington Crown Street Library.
PLUS! FREE ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP: POETRY, PROTEST AND MUSIC
2-4pm, Sunday 25 April.
Sarah Crutwell of Tees Women Poets leads an exclusive writing workshop tailored for HARK!, guiding participants through a series of discussions and exercises to use popular music and protest to prompt new work.
Places are limited - register through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hark-the-sound-of-stories-writing-workshop-poetry-protest-and-music-tickets-148195277063
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