Lifest 2010 blog: Day Three - An album in a day and Simon Armitage's took 20 years to make
Mar 13 2010 By Sarah Gladman
Another day over of this year’s festival, and we have been busy little bees. In just one day we have created a brand new album of songs.
Our highly skilled team of lyricists and composers worked together to create a truly unique album. The album also had a full live performance at sleepers bar, all on the day it was conceived.
We would like to thank all the lyrists and composers for all their hard work which helped us to create a memorable event for all of our guests.
We also had a fabulous reading from Dorothea Smartt who read poems from her current collection entitled ship shape, which grew from a Lancaster Litfest commission to write a contemporary elegy for ‘Sambo’s’ Grave on Sunderland point.
Dorothea captured the imagination of the entire audience, and nearly reduced several members to tears.
Simon Armitage made welcome return to Huddersfield tonight at Bar 1:22 with support from local heroes Corncrake and Old Man Pie.
Simon’s band the Scaremongers performed tracks from their album Born in a Barn, which took twenty years to make! They provided a lively end to a very busy day and the whole team are very much looking forward to another hectic day tomorrow.
Tomorrows events include a manga master class, a film and adaptation workshop, a performance of sleeping beauty and Alcestis and a film premiere of Sarah Maitland’s acclaimed short story ‘Moss Witch.’
Tickets are still available for many of these events, so come and see for yourself what the Huddersfield Literature Festival has to offer! For more information please see www.litfest.org.uk