A Magical Evening of Poetry and Celtic Harp with Chris Tutton, Julie Darling and Gaia Holmes


Thursday 20 June 2019 | 8pm | The Octagon

Join us for an evening of poetry and music as we bring together two very different poets.

Gaia Holmes

Following on from her workshop, Gaia Holmes will treat us to the reading of some of her poems from her latest collection “Where the Road Runs Out”. Transporting us to the edge of things: to remote, treeless islands, to dark, unfathomable mines, to the gaping maw of grief. With frailty and ferocity, these poems map out the strange absences left in our lives when a rupture occurs like the sudden appearance of a sinkhole threatening to pull everything else down with it.

Where the Road Runs Out is a moving, and often witty, portrait of loss, isolation, and ultimately healing. Above all, it is a paean to the landscape, and the myths, magic and mysteries that lie just beneath the surface. Her poem ‘Claustrophobia’ was highly commended in the ‘best individual poem’ category of the Forward Poetry Prize, 2007 and ‘A homesick truckie In The Algarve’ was the featured poem in Frieda Hughes’ weekly literary column in ‘The Times’ (May 2007).

Several of her poems are included in teaching packs for the British council and 15 of her poems have been adapted to film. Kate Jessop’s film adaptation of the poem ‘Desires’ was short listed for a Virgin media award and screened at independent film festivals throughout the world.

Gaia Holmes

Chris Tutton & Julie Darling

The performance of the spoken word accompanied by the harp is an ancient art.

The weaving together of words and music goes back to the roots of poetry itself. In this special event, leading poet Chris Tutton will perform his work, accompanied by Julie Darling on her Celtic Harp. Together they offer a powerful and unique opportunity to take the listener to other worlds. “Great sensitivity on both parts. Wonderful” Breathtakingly beautiful, Feathers of Wind, is their new CD which has already attracted considerable critical acclaim.

“A startling achievement. This is collaborative practice at its best” Literature Works

“Incredible!” Genevieve Tudor, BBC Sunday Folk

Award winning author of seven poetry collections Chris Tutton’s many television and radio appearances include numerous appearances on ‘Loose Ends’ on Radio 4, Shaun Keaveny on BBC6 Music and resident poet on Carlton Television. He is a regular guest at literature and arts festivals.“The master of the short poem … it is so good to see the ability to write and to perform combined so effortlessly”Ned Sherrin

“Absolutely beautiful” Alexander Waugh

Julie Darling has performed at venues as diverse as retreat centres, arts festivals, inner city schools, corporate settings and remote Scottish islands. She is in demand as a workshop and retreat leader and her harp compositions and improvisations have been described as “inspirational”,“transformative”and “Wonderful, thought provoking… absolutely magical”.


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