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Fields of War

13th Nov
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‘evocative and poignantly powerful work’          Scottish Writers Centre

made fresh those expressions of outrage, humanity and hope’        Edinburgh Writers Club

This year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the centenary of the escalation of World War I and the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. To mark these dates, two award-winning poets commemorate the conflicts of the past century and the human price paid. Their acclaimed mixed media performance The Fields of War combines original poetry, narration, film and specially composed music, together with diary and memoir extracts, evoking war and the losses of war from The Blitz to Bosnia, from Flanders to Iraq.

Performing poems from his collections The Book of Belongings and Dry Stone Work, Brian Johnstone brings aspects of both World Wars vividly to life, and touches on subsequent conflicts in Cyprus, The Falklands and Yugoslavia.

Expressing her conflict of emotions with strength and conviction, Chrys Salt presents poems from the collection Home Front/Front Line, a dialogue with her son, a TA paratrooper who spent five months in action in Iraq in 2003.

The Fields of War also includes a poetry film by Alastair Cook with original music for solo cello by Rebecca Rowe, and a poem setting for tenor, harp and string quartet by Katherine Gillham with visual accompaniment.

The performance will be followed by an informal opportunity to meet the authors and a book signing session, with a complimentary glass of wine.


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