A Rural Idyll
Life On A Cliff Edge
I was inspired by a collection of journals written by my great great Aunt Kit (Christobel Hood) who lived in the house I grew up in in Sidestrand, North Norfolk. She had interviewed her neighbours and gathered lyrics, poems, stories and local lore from pre WW1 North Norfolk. These journals inspired me to compose music using words from her journals as well as other stories that I grew up with like Black Shuck and tales of smugglers.
I am extremely grateful to receive a grant from Arts Council England in order to continue this project. I will be picking up where Kit left off and speaking to the current residents of North Norfolk about their lives here over 100 years later. Over a period of several months I will gather testimony which I will then use to create more songs and music in a celebration of Life On A Cliff Edge and all those who have lived and died in Poppyland.
You don’t need to have any experience in the arts to get involved. The only rule is that it’s about life, past, present and future in Poppyland!
Perhaps you also have journals written by a long gone relative? Maybe often told family legends or an old heirloom with an interesting tale attached that you'd like to share. Black Shuck, smugglers, Shipton, shreiking pits, ghosts, Hykker Sprites... cliff erosion, bird migration, fossils... your favourite view, tree, church, time of year...
You can remain completely anonymous or you can be featured with recorded voice and film.
The gentleman Kit interviewd the most was an elderly labourer, at least 80 in 1912. He passed on many stories and songs that without Kit's journals would have been completly lost to time. This is the heart of Poppyland Songs, although in this day and age we record EVERYTHING I want to create something beautiful and meaningful, a musical tapestry that tells the stories of those who have lived and died in Poppyland. A musical community celebration of everything that life on a cliff edge means.
Here is a link to a questionnairre to help guide you. I have physical copies available too on request.