Come be warmed this winter evening with heart-stirring music rooted in the Northumbrian tradition from local folk duo The Brothers Gillespie, and Stagshaw poet Linda France reading new work from her Writing the Climate Residency with New Writing North and Newcastle University.  In the face of profound ecological challenges, how do we ‘act local and think global’?  One answer is gather together and listen, remember we belong.
Brothers James and Sam Gillespie grew up in the Northumbrian village of Wall and sing finely crafted original and traditional songs. Rich with lyrical intensity and the sounds of soaring sibling harmony, guitars, flute, fiddle and mandolin, their second album The Fell has been described as ‘a classic in the making’ (Northern Sky) and as showing ‘British acoustic music in its best possible light’ (Folk Radio UK).


Linda France’s poems have won her many prizes and scholarships around the world. Her latest Reading the Flowers was longlisted for the inaugural Laurel Prize. In 2020 she received a Cholmondley Award from the Society of Authors and she was voted Writer of the Year in the 2021 Journal Culture Awards.  As part of her Writing the Climate work, Linda has initiated several collective and collaborative projects, of which this special event is one.


This event is delivered in partnership with New Writing North.

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