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If the river is hidden

If the river is hidden

Smyth, Cherry (2022) If the river is hidden. [Creative Performance or Reading]

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Abstract

'If the River is Hidden' a performance of poetry in collaboration with writer Dr Craig Jordan-Baker and flautist Eimear McGeown.
'If the River is Hidden' is a 90 minute performance based on a pilgrimage of the River Bann, Northern Ireland's longest river. The flute by McGeown, shapes a river that is reflected in the long, sinewy poems by Smyth and bridged by Jordan-Baker's lyric essay. Doesn't belonging start with how we use the words we inherit and the first map we fall in love with? But the Bann is not all it seems and more than it seems. Smyth, Jordan-Baker and McGeown, who all share Northern Irish heritage and live in England, ask how to belong in the North. The Bann becomes a metaphor for longing, belonging and letting go of grief as well as the continuity of family and its legends. The road north stands not only for the frequent inaccessibility of the river, but for the path of writing and friendship, which creates a flow that does not depend on water or a specific landscape.

Item Type: Creative Performance or Reading
Uncontrolled Keywords: River Bann; performance; poetry; belonging; Northern Ireland; collaboration; Irish writing; interdisciplinary art; ecology
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 15:46
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/36616

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