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The Glass Aisle: Poetry and Song

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Paul Henry
Brian Briggs


Paul Henry and Brian Briggs

£6 - £12


Event duration: 1 hour

Location: Blenheim Palace: The Marlborough Room

Poet Paul Henry and lead singer of the Oxfordshire band, Stornoway, Brian Briggs join forces for a session of poetry and song featuring their recent collaboration on the long poem, The Glass Aisle.

The Glass Aisle is a long poem inspired by the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal close to Henry’s home and its associations with the radio pioneer Marconi and an old union workhouse. He has composed song adaptations of the poem with Briggs, who is a member of the critically acclaimed Oxford indie folk band Stornoway. Henry will read poems from his collections The Brittle Sea and Boy Running before being joined onstage by Briggs, who will perform songs from The Glass Aisle.

Henry is author of nine books of verse. Boy Running was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year 2016. He features regularly as a presenter and poet on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 4. Briggs is a founder member of Stornoway. The band has been active since 2006, touring worldwide, producing top 20 albums and featuring at festivals such as Glastonbury. The band split up following a farewell tour at the start of this year.




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