- Friday, 6th July 2018
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Glass Aisle is an astonishing collaboration between two major talents in poetry and music: acclaimed songwriter and singer Brian Briggs, frontman of Stornoway and Welsh poet Paul Henry. The Glass Aisle is a long poem with songs, set on the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal, which explores its associations with radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse.
With its songs composed ‘out of the poem’, and brought to life in Brian Briggs’ clear tenor this work breaks down the borders between the poem and the song lyric while offering a timeless, affecting elegy to the displaced.
The Glass Aisle is both the title of Paul and Brian’s album and of Paul Henry’s new poetry collection, published by Seren.
Praise for The Glass Aisle:
‘This haunting, elegiac collection, about music, and made of music, leaves a reader’s mind full of phrases, in both senses – verbal, and tonal – and exactitudes that catch the heart and lodge in the memory.’ Gillian Clarke
8.30pm – 10pm
Brian Briggs is the singer-songwriter for the band Stornoway. Stornoway were the first unsigned band to appear on Later… With Jools Holland and have subsequently toured worldwide and enjoyed main stage appearances at festivals including Green Man, Glastonbury, Latitude and Isle of Wight. Stornoway’s three acclaimed albums and three EPs combine Brian’s two great passions of music and nature and their most recent, 2015’s Bonxie, entered the UK Charts inside the Top 20 and featured the songs of twenty different species of birds. ‘Stornoway’s best work yet: big music, which deserves the largest stage’ – 5/5 The Guardian (on Bonxie). Following Stornoway’s sell-out farewell tour last year, in February 2018, Brian Briggs released a new album –The Glass Aisle – which is a collaboration of poetry and songs with Welsh poet Paul Henry.
Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting and is the author of ten books of verse, including The Glass Aisle, The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems and Boy Running. A Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, he has read and performed his work at festivals across Europe and also in the USA and Asia. He has presented programmes for Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3 and 4. Paul Henry has been described as ‘one of the most important Welsh poets now writing’ by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate. www.paulhenrywales.co.uk
Venue: Hellens Manor
Venue Website: http://www.hellensmanor.com/Address:
Hellens Manor, also known as Hellens House, is located in the village of Much Marcle. From the A449 turn left at the crossroads by The Walwyn Arms pub and the turn for Hellens is about 500 yards on the left, a short distance past The Memorial Hall. (Sat Nav users beware: the HR8 2LY postcode covers most of Much Marcle and will normally take you to near the red marker on the map – look out for the Hellens signs.)
The closest railway station is Ledbury where there is a list of numbers for local taxis for the 5 mile journey to Hellens. Advance booking is recommended so Google ‘Ledbury Taxis’ for an up-to-date list. There are only a very limited number of buses serving Much Marcle.