An evening of poetry and performance on loss, memory and memorialisation.
Christopher Reid, multiple award winning poet and previously Professor of Creative Writing at University of Hull will be reading from published and new poems written as an elegiac series for his late wife, Lucinda Gane. One poem, ‘Afterlife’, charts his thoughts on passing the hospital where she left her body to medical research. This verse resonates with current research at the Hull York Medical School on liaison with family members of body donors.
This is followed by “A Salt Circle” a performance by Zoë Uí Fhaoláin .After extensive research into Ireland’s cillíníi (the burial grounds of unbaptised children) via reading, listening, and visiting many archaeological sites, this artist uses sound, movement and powerful visual imagery to conjure these liminal spaces into being, drawing on folk tradition and ritual. Her focus is on those parents who lost their babies and were denied the opportunity of a proper burial ceremony and their rights to openly mourn and grieve, as well as the continuing taboos around women’s pregnancy and birth experiences.
The performances will be followed by a Q & A with the artists.
Free admission – booking is essential.