This week I got another chance to collaborate with Patricia Farrell, this time for the Liverpool part of the Enemies North by Northwest tour. Patricia sent material for me to respond to, which had come out of her reading on women in the weaving industry in the 18th century onwards. I was immediately struck by the poignancy Patricia had created which was further concentrated in the short lines on the page.
I felt Patricia’s material called for a response in some form of song. I’m definitely not a singer and so this certainly took me out of my comfort zone. But, in my postgraduate research, I am working on musicality of language. So, here was a challenge that gave me a chance to explore how to get at the musicality in the sounds in language and in structures for my part of the collaboration.
Patricia and I performed our collaboration last night. Here’s a link to the performance www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKbh_gwM8Jg
Thanks to Patricia for creating such inspiring material to work from. And thanks to the organisers, Tom Jenks and SJ Fowler, and all the readers last night, for another very enjoyable evening of collaborative poetry.
In the early (?) stages of my practice performances at home I was told I sounded like the mice in Bagpuss! Here's a link to hear them sing 'We Will Wash It' www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVzAJbEkyyU