Our partner in Rossendale (between Manchester and Lancaster, Halifax and Preston, for those who don’t recognise it!) is the Whitaker, a community run Museum, Art Gallery & Cultural Hub which houses everything from Victoriana, clogs, and taxidermy (in the shape of a baby elephant and a tiger & snake tableau), to pots and musical instruments. They also have an exhibition space for contemporary art, and a café bar and restaurant.
Amongst the many things they do are: live music, mini theatre, spoken word nights, acoustic nights, small weddings, art-house mini cinema, and outdoor events (the museum is in a park.)
Carl Bell who is one of the directors was approached on our behalf by local writer Aziz Dixon, and has risen to the challenge. Excited by our idea he is planning to have a much bigger Solstice event, of which our DUSK readings and music will form just the aperatif.
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Our North Devon Partners are Courage Copse Creatives, a woodland enterprise based in Warkleigh, near Barnstaple. The enterprise operates completely off-grid using solar power and rain water harvesting. They manage the woodland and make their living from the products they produce. They also run community educational and arts events as well as hosting training courses.
Both owners, Katy Lee and Vince Large come from a creative background. Before setting up CCC Katy devised and delivered site specific performance for both professional and community artists receiving funding from ACE.
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Our Welsh partners for DUSK are Cybi Poets on Ynys Mon (Anglesey).
Ness Owen is a writer, playwright and poet who lectures at a FE college. We published her poem in Shortest Day, Longest Night and it was performed at last year’s Solstice Shorts Festival.
Karen Ankers is a writer, playwright, poet and actor.
Trefor Stockwell a writer, poet and actor.
They have all been involved in organising small poetry/literary events.
The event will be held at Ucheldre Centre for the performing and visual arts in Holyhead.
Ness kept asking me if there was going to be a Welsh site and I kept not answering, until she offered! It was also at her prompting that I agreed we would accept submissions in Welsh (she didn’t have to push for that at all). We are also accepting submissions in Gaelic and Kernewik (provided they come with a translation) and as usual BSL.
Our latest partner is:
Intuitive Music Aberdeen
(IMA) is an ensemble specialising in music created by the performers in response to text or graphic scores or unconventional notations. Its current members are Haworth Hodgkinson, Colin Edwards and Mandy Macdonald.
All three of us are active, published writers and musicians in a variety of musical genres.
Haworth‘s poetry and music are largely concerned with the changing seasons in the landscape of the North of Scotland, and the lives of the people who populate this landscape. His music can be heard on his own High Moss label; see in particular the Dundee Ambient series, two parts of which are inspired by the winter solstice. — Haworth ran the Wordfringe / New Words Festival in Aberdeen from 2006 to 2014.
Colin has a background in traditional music and song and long experience performing on the UK folk club circuit and in composing and arranging. He is active in community media development, running the production and technical aspects of the SHMU Wednesday Session, a live broadcast folk music show available to listeners worldwide via internet. For his collaborative composition work see https://soundcloud.com/bonnybluehare/sets/share-my-music-projects
Mandy is a mostly classical singer of long experience and a member of three choirs in Aberdeen and one in London, and a harpsichordist. Her poetry is recorded at https://soundcloud.com/user-700481362/grimes-graves-mandy-macdonald-haworth-hodgkinson and https://soundcloud.com/haworthhodgkinson/emerald-earrings/s-jmTvO