We are 'The Women' for Hartlepool!
Brilliant news! We have been commissioned by Hartlepool waterfront Festival to create two new pieces of digital poetry for their hybrid festival 'Little Waterfronts'.
We first wrote Voices of the Creek in 2019, in response to the historical fishing communities of Greatham Creek and the Tees estuary. Inspired by that strange and liminal landscape around Seal Sands and North Gare, five of us (Kirsten Luckins, Sarah Crutwell, Dianne Casey, Ann Cuthbert and Susie McComb) created characters and wrote together in verse to tell ageless stories about the women who have lived and loved in time with the seasons along the river. We performed the resulting 20-minute lyrical play on Stockton High Street, as part of the boat-house-theatre project out of ARC Stockton.
Now, thanks to Hartlepool Council, we have a chance to translate and update this work for new audiences by creating an audio recording that will work in two ways - as a soundtrack to a video filmed on location around Seal Sands and Seaton Carew, and as a downloadable audio play to be experienced whilst walking around North Gare nature reserve.
As well as this reconfiguration of our work, we will also be offering up a brand new poem by our sister Kym Deyn, which is inspired by St Hilda and the Tarot card the High Priestess.
Illustration by Millie Thomas