Image Gallery: Sounds New 2014 Day Seven

May 9, 2014

Live poetry and music as part of Free Range at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen in the heart of Canterbury: images from day seven of the festival.

Images (c) Sounds New / Peter Cook

Word up: Sounds New Poetry 2014

April 1, 2014

Sounds New is excited to develop its Sounds New Poetry thread, a collaboration between the festival and the University of Kent, once more as part of this year’s festival.

This year, the poetic side of the festival includes a three-day public residency at the Beany House of Art and Knowledge in the heart of the city, at which various poets will be inviting members of the public to interact with them, leading into performances in the evening at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen.  There will also be site-specific readings around Canterbury, as the stones of the ancient city ring to the spoken word

Nancy Gaffield

Nancy Gaffield

On Saturday 3 May, Nancy Gaffield & David Herd will be at Eastbridge Hospital at midday. Established to receive, lodge and sustain Canterbury’s wayfarers and pilgrims,  poets Nancy Gaffield and David Herd read work written in response to this defining city space. Inspired by the resources at the Beaney, poet Kat Peddie will be running a combined performance and workshop on collage poetry at the Beaney Museum at 3pm. She will be using the space and resources of the library to explore methods of creating collage, reading from her own collages and helping the audience to make their own collage poems from found materials in the library.

On Sunday 4th May, and using St Thomas’ Church as his starting point, Ben Hickman will present a poetic but meaty history of revolt in Kent and Kent in revolt at 12.30pm. Over at the Roman Museum at 3pm, and drawing upon sites from Roman Canterbury via their present-day locations, Eleanor Perry will perform new work that investigates ideas about the perceptions and expectations of women in Roman society, as well as their effacement from history.Also drawing inspiration from their surroundings in Whitefriars on Monday 5 May, Patricia Debney and Juha Virtanen will present new work that explores mental illness, human relations, control, and hopelessness. Their responses will oscillate between directness and obliquity.

Sounds New Poetry is proud to present an evening of readings curated by ZONE at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen, 9pm. ZONE is a collective of writers & critics based in Canterbury. It produces a biannual international magazine of poetry and criticism. Reading will be poets published in ZONE’s first two issues: Áine Belton, Ian Brinton, Laurie Duggan & Dorothy Lehane.

Carol Watts

Carol Watts

Three poets will be writing publically at The Beaney during three days as part of festival, between 12-2pm,  during which time members of the public are invited to interact with them.  Inspired by her surroundings, Carol Watts will be writing new work  on Tuesday May 6th. Building on her work createdduring the day, she will perform work that responds to the Festival’s corresponding relationship between the ephemera of site and sound at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen at 9pm that evening.

Harriet Tarlo

Harriet Tarlo

The next day, Harriet Tarlo will be writing publicly at The Beaney; in the evening, she will present work that opens up the connections between place and performance at Mrs Jones’ Kitchen 9pmFinally, on Thursday May 8th,  Jeff Hilson will be writing at The Beany, and in the evening will perform new work that arises from the intersections between poetry and music.

Celebrating the synergy between the written word, surrounding spaces and contemporary music: Sounds New Poetry promises to be a fascinating aspect of the 2014 festival next month. Find out more about the events and the poets taking part on our website here.

For further details or enquiries about Sounds New Poetry, click here, or contact Dr Juha Virtanen by email here.

Sounds New 2014 line-up announced

March 3, 2014

Excitement is running high in the offices and corridors of the Sounds New empire this morning, as we are delighted to reveal the details of this year’s Sounds New Festival.

sn_logo_newThe festival team, under the expert eye of artistic director Matt Wright, has worked hard to bring this year’s festival into the light, with a mixture of exciting contemporary music delivered by world-class performers including Exaudi, Icebreaker and John Harle; the Sounds New Poetry thread continues to develop with a residence at The Beaney; the London Sinfonietta will have a four-day residency culminating in their concert including works by Cardew and Andriessen; and the educational arm of the festival returns to St Peter’s Methodist Church.

Take a look at the line-up over on our online programme, and you’ll see why we’re excited. We’ll be bringing you all the stories and features in the run-up to the festival, which takes place from Friday 2 – Friday 9 May in and around the historic city, and promises to bring the ancient stones of Canterbury alive with the vibrant music of today, performed by some of its very best exponents.

#SoundsNew2014: it all starts here…

Note: for further information / press about this year’s Festival, please contact the Festival Administrator.

Word up: poetry tonight and tomorrow at Sounds New

May 7, 2013

In an exciting addition to this year’s Sounds New festival, tonight and tomorrow night features Forces, a fusion of words, music and the ‘Universe of Sound’ installation at Augustine Hall.

The synergy between poetry and music was a feature of the festival last year, and we’re delighted that poetry is returning once more.

Patricia Debney

Tonight involves Natalie Bradbeer and Kate Peddie from the University of Kent and George Temple of Splinter magazine; Wednesday night features Patricia Debney, author of the collections How to be a Dragonfly and Littoral and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, and Dorothy Lehane, also a member of the Creative Writing team at Kent and Canterbury Poet of the Year in 2009.

The events start at 6.30pm both tonight and tomorrow.

Sounds New poetry is supported by the University of Kent.

House of Eliot: poetry at Sounds New

May 4, 2012

For the second year running, the written and spoken word play an important part in Sounds New as Sounds New Poetry returns to the festival.


Mightier than the sword…

Jointly organised by the University of Kent’s centres for Modern Poetry and Creative Writing, events this year encompass a poetry-writing workshop, readings, collaborative events between poetry and improvised music, an assessment of British poetry since 1950 and an ‘open mic’ session for budding poets.

National and international poets also appear at the Festival; American poet Marianne Boruch leads a workshop open to all poets and aspiring poets on Tuesday 8 May; later on, she is joined by Daljit Nagra and Michael Schmidt in an exploration of ‘Poetry and the Quartet,’ in reply to the concert by the Arditti Quartet the previous night. ‘Common Objects’ sees an improvisatory collaboration between the University’s Patricia Debney and Nancy Gaffield and the Rhodri Davies Ensemble. On Wednesday 9 May Tony Lopez and Steve Collis present ‘Found Text’, a reading that promises an exciting conversation between poets whose work explores ideas of found materials and borrowing, and which speaks to practices of sampling and quotation in contemporary music.

In speaking to David Herd, Director of the Centre for Modern Poetry at the University, it becomes clear that there’s a real dialogue between the musical and the poetry elements in the festival this year, a result of careful planning to create related themes, both in terms of performance as well as shared thematic ideas. As well as exploring the concepts of the quartet and the quotation in music and poetry, there will be a pair of companion lectures; on Wednesday 8 May, ‘British Poetry since 1950,’ sees poet, critic, editor and translator Michael Schmidt exploring different perspectives on key aspects of post-war poetry in Britain, complementing a similar lecture on British music since 1945 which takes place the following day.

Building on the success of poetry’s involvement in Sounds New last year, the relationship between poetry and music is one that David is keen to continue to explore, and one that looks set to develop as part of the festival. ‘’It feels as though it’s an ongoing conversation, and we’re looking for new ways in which music and poetry can speak to one another.’’

It promises to be a dialogue that will create some new and unique experiences; plenty to look forward to at Sounds New this year.

With thanks to David.