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.
A Hymas&Lewis Collaboration, 2019 Guitar and Shruti : Steve Lewis Sound : Darren Leadsom, at More Music in Morecambe, UK.
I have made several immersive site specific audio walks with various organisations and other writers and artists.
Currently I am continuing mutually fruitful work with The National Oceanography Centre, making two new audio walks to highlight coastal hazards through 2020-22. You can read a little more about those here
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any ceremony that accompanies a natural burial is as flexible as your imagination, takes into consideration the environment and has minimum impact upon it.
I’ve been honoured to work with people on planning their funerals and found natural burials offer the chance to explore what living and dying means in a spiritually fulfilling way.
The Dalton Woodlands Burial Ground, near Burton-in-Kendal Cumbria UK, is a 30 acre mature woodland, a quiet and restful place to be buried. Francis Mason-Hornby, the registrar there, is a straight talking, compassionate man, open-minded and accommodating to what people want.
Natural burials are an environmentally sustainable alternative to cremations and churchyard burials. If you respect the natural world, a woodland burial is the chance to take a positive step at the end of your life.
To discuss that rite of passage, in advance, offers a chance to step consciously towards death, prepare how you want your life to be celebrated, how to mark your departure for those left behind. It can be a point of coming to terms with the end of an illness or old-age.
It can also alleviate the stress for others who have to plan and prepare at the disorientating time of grief.
My eight years of coaching gives me the skills and depth of experience to ensure we will plan the ceremony you want. My interest lies in you expressing your life and anticipation of death. How you want to do this and who you want involved is the focus of our meetings. I would hope to meet any family or friends you would want to participate to ensure the smoothest experience for us all.
I can write anything for the ceremony, help you to write something, read it or merely orchestrate the ceremony while others read and speak.