We are happy to be returning to the Whitworth Art Gallery on Saturday 12 February (2.30-4.00) after such a long absence and hope you will be able to join us for a wonderful line-up of poets and musicians. You will find all the information you need regarding visiting the Gallery on the Whitworth’s website here. The event is free and everyone is welcome. Read all about the poets and musicians below:
Julia Copus is a poet and biographer. She has published four collections of poetry and been shortlisted for the T.S .Eliot and Costa Book awards. Her most recent collection, ‘Girlhood’, was published by Faber in 2019 and became the first ever winner of the USA’s Derek Walcott Prize for a full-length book of poems by a non-US citizen. Her other awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition, the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem and the Alfred Bradley Award for best new radio playwright. Faber also publishes her rhyming picture books for children, which include Hog in the Fog and My Bed is an Air Balloon. Her 2021 biography of Charlotte Mew, This Rare Spirit, was chosen by Andrew Motion as a Spectator Book of the Year and described by John Carey in the Sunday Times as ‘a triumph of precise scholarship and imaginative sympathy’. She has also edited a selection of Mew’s poetry and prose and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His work has also appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4, ITV, Vice UK, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.
His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize along with the 2021 Ledbury Munthe Poetry Prize for Second Collections. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year.
In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books; a practical guide fused with tips and memoir looking at the politics of writing as well as the craft of poetry and fiction along with the wider publishing industry.
He was awarded the 2019 H-100 Award for writing and publishing, and the 2015 Groucho Maverick Award for his poetry and fiction. In 2019 he was made an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton. Anthony is artistic director of Out-Spoken, a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.
Rob Miles is from Devon and lives in West Yorkshire. His poetry has appeared widely in magazines and anthologies. Rob has won or been runner up in various international journal and festival competitions. Some of Rob’s first places include the Philip Larkin Prize, judged by Don Paterson, and the Gingko/Resurgence Ecopoetry Prize, judged by Jo Shapcott and Imtiaz Dharker.
Conference of the Birds by Chris Davis, Beka Haigh & Gil Burns
Directed by: Beka Haigh
Musical Compositions by: Chris Davies
Movement Directed by: Gil Burns
Based on the Sufi poem of the same name, a flock of four magnificent birds will embark on a visual and musical journey across the globe. Using skilled puppetry and four-part harmony,the birds sing their story whilst making their way through the landscape to find their fate.
Conference of the Birds is a brand new outdoor theatre and music performance by Frolicked Outdoor Theatre, developed in partnership with Spot On Lancashire, Fylde Borough Council and Friends of Fairhaven Lake.
Conference of the Birds brings together critically acclaimed puppeteer and maker Beka Haigh with original music from Chris Davies.
Told with quirky humour, skilled puppetry and talented voices Frolicked’s latest show is a celebration of individuality and finding your own voice in a sea of voices.
Chris Davies is a Musician, Composer, Performer, Buddhist, Hairdresser and Oudist with over thirty years experience working in the Arts, mainly with visual theatre and dance. His current projects are composing music and performing in a new adaptation of the 12th century Sufi poem ‘The Conference of Birds’ by Farid ud-Din Attar; he continues to perform live accompaniment for the first full length animated film ever made ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’, with a play called ‘Spring Reign’ about the situation in Aleppo, Syria; he is saxophonist/raver with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners who play early 90’s dance classics in the style of a New Orleans Brass Band, a few haircuts, transforming the mind through Buddhist study and practice, and sound technician for Poets and Players. For more information please look here ~ http://www.musichris.co.uk
Frolicked is an outdoor theatre company making unique and visually striking experiences, with beautifully self-crafted creatures and characters, for outdoor audiences and unusual locations. With a mischievous sense of humour and captivating people of all ages and nationalities, Frolicked’s performances are interactive, engaging, intimate and a little bit magical…
Frolicked is run by Beka Haigh, an Artist, Director and Performer based in the North of England. Much of her work can be described by the term ‘live illustration’ and her portfolio includes live drawing or graphic recording (also known as ‘scribing’ or visual minute taking), 3D illustration, installation, and live performance. Her work often combines interactive performance, game design, illustration and technology in surprising ways.