Forces of Nature

August 2019 I was part of a two week residency in Brighton with artists of various disciplines to explore how we might explore and communicate our feelings towards the climate crisis. I made an audio book for the accompanying exhibition, that holds the Towards a Stranding soundscape.

More info on what we got up to in the residency is here, or you can just enjoy the pictures below.

Towards a Stranding

Woman, whale, muddy shores and a stranding. This soundscape rises from the uncanny land/sea of Morecambe Bay, to consider the mammalian kinship between human and cetacean, habitat destruction and ecological tipping points. It might be best enjoyed in a darkened environment.

A Hymas&Lewis Collaboration, 2020
Guitar and Shruti : Steve Lewis
Sound : Darren Leadsom, at More Music in Morecambe, UK.

Image : Sally Slade Payne

‘Towards a Stranding’ features in melt, forthcoming from Waterloo Press in Autumn 2020

Audio Walks

I have made several immersive site specific audio walks with various organisations and other writers and artists. While I am continuing my mutually fruitful work with The National Oceanography Centre making two new audio walks to highlight coastal hazards through 2020-22, these below are completed walks.

Changing Shores (2019) can be heard on the Crosby coastline, made with the National Ocenaography Centre and Sefton Council to illuminate coastal erosion. More

The Seventh Door (2016) was set in Aberdeen to celebrate the importance of the Music Hall in the city. Made with Maya Chowdhry, for Aberdeen Performing Arts. More

Colne Rising (2015) was commissioned by WeDo for Kirklees Council’s  Bear Hunting Festival. More

Lune Rising (2014) explored sea level rise and the endurance of microplastics through the history of the River Lune’s maritime history. Commissioned by Lancaster’s First Fridays. More

Tales from the Towpath (2014) was an interactive story set along Manchester’s waterways using AR, geocaching, performance and microprint. Made in collaboration with Maya Chowdhry, Michelle Green and Helen Varley Jamieson. It was shortlisted for the New Media Writing Prize. More


Artistbooks for Poets

Sudley Field was commissioned by poet Helen Tookey for her work featured part of Almanac Arts and RISE Festival, Liverpool. More info here

Ripple was made in collaboration with Maya Chowdhry to house her audio, and digital poems on the Anthropocene. Read more here 

Changing shores

Earlier this summer, 2019, the National Oceanography Centre and Sefton Council approached me to work with them on creating a narrated coastal walk along Crosby’s shoreline, north of Liverpool. The plan was, through bringing together science and the arts, to raise awareness of shoreline change and coastal hazards, to actualize and make intimate the sense of movement and uncertainty that occurs along the coast. The poems capture changes in land use, coastal processes, shoreline management and observational techniques. They are located at five points along the Crosby shoreline, and can be heard in any order.  By becoming more aware of changing coastal conditions, we hope people will act as advocates in shaping how communities better prepare future change.

You can  download the GPS waypoints and MP3s here  or watch them here, accompanied by pics if you can’t get to the beach.

The project, Building coastal community resilience: preparedness through poetry, was funded by AGU Celebrate 100 grants.

The rest of the team can be found on twitter:  @Wirewall_NOC  @GreenSefton_

Writing a Migration

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Writing a Migration

Wednesday 16th March, 7-9pm
The Gallery, Storey Institute, Lancaster LA1 1TH.

Using sculptures and prints featured in Catriona Stamp‘s Where Are We Going? exhibition as departure points, this writing workshop will explore what migration means to us and how we’re connected to current and historical migrations. We will explore themes of home, alienation and change.

This is a session for play, investigation, art and imagery, open to all, however experienced you are as a writer and whatever form you usually write in.

Full £10
Concessions £5

To book use the contact form below

Where Are We Going?
Paper sculpture | prints | artistsbooks | film by Catriona Stamp
Featuring new work on human migration alongside a retrospective
The Gallery, Storey Institute, Lancaster LA1 1TH
Fri 4 March – Tues 22 March. Noon – 6pm Monday – Fridays.

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Remix the Poet

Remix the Poet: What song offers poetry
A Poetry and Music workshop with Hymas & Lewis

Saturday 14 November, 10-4pm
The Olive Room, Gregson Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY

Turn a poem into a song and back into a poem. Edit with your ears and see how the process impacts your imagining of its potential. In this playful, exploratory workshop we will be using the song form to transform the way you think about writing.

Using a variety of activities, writing and thinking time, discussions, silence and time outdoors, poet Sarah Hymas & musician Steve Lewis will share their practice as collaborators and turn the volume up on your own processes.

We have found that setting poetry to music encourages the light in. Once the words are sung, resonances spark, new phrases are found, and different ways of speaking them emerge. The poem matures. This workshop will offer you alternative ways of editing and give you a fresh confidence in your writing and how you share it.

Attending the workshop includes the option to air the results of the day at the following week’s Spotlight Club in Lancaster.

All writers, of any genre and experience level, are welcome.

More info about Hymas&Lewis

Early Birds £60 available until 30th September
Full Price or post 30th September £80.

There are limited places available for this workshop, so we need full payment in advance

If you have any questions, just ask…
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