A unique night of alternative storytelling featuring Ross Sutherland, Luke Wright and The Hosepipe Band with Martin Newell .
Having already written four collections of poetry, three stage shows and a documentary about whether computers will ever be able to pen poetry, Ross Sutherland’s work is synonymous with creative exploration.
Here Ross will be taking to the stage to perform pieces from his My Imaginary Advice podcast that probes, tickles and toys with traditional storytelling techniques. Never before performed live, it is not to be missed.
More information http://www.rosssutherland.co.uk/main/
After a sell-out festival show in the festival’s first year, Luke Wright returns with his critically acclaimed What I Learned From Johnny Bevan.
Described by the Guardian as a “pulsating piece of poetic storytelling”, this one man play is a story of shattered friendship, class ceilings, and the hollow reality of the New Labour dream.
At university the whip-smart, mercurial Johnny Bevan saves Nick, smashing his comfortable, middle class bubble and firing him up about politics, music and literature. Twenty years later, as their youthful dreams disintegrate with the social justice they hoped for, can Nick save Johnny from himself?
Winner of The Stage Award for acting excellence and best Spoken Word Show at the Saboteur Awards 2016.
More information http://www.lukewright.co.uk/
Martin Newell and The Hosepipe Band
As well as a versatile musician and a sharp columnist, Martin Newell is an established poet with several collections to his name. He also writes long epic poems.
In a unique experiment, three of these are now being performed, accompanied by music composed by The Hosepipe Band, a five-piece Essex ceilidh band, and played on a wide variety of instruments including, Dulcimer, Saxophone, Hurdy gurdy, Electric guitar, Double bass, Concertina, Bagpipes, Mandola, Footbass and Keyboards.
The group has performed at a range of literary and music events including London’s Union Chapel, Folk East, The Essex Book Festival and Latitude Festival.
Suffolk Festival of Ideas will see Martin and the band perform Black Shuck – the legend of the ghostly dog which has haunted East Anglia since Viking times, and The Green Children – the story of two children "of unusual skin colour" who appeared in the Suffolk village of Woolpit in the 12th century.
More information on their website: www.hosepipebandmartinnewell.co.uk