Sunday 29 September
6.00pm - 7.00pm
’Border Songs/From the Ridge’
Roger Garfitt has been a freelance writer since he won an Eric Gregory Award in 1974. From 1985 to 1992 he spent much of his time in Colombia and his Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2000) includes despatches that first appeared in Granta and London Review of Books. He has recently published The Action, his latest collection from Carcanet.
Roger is joined by guitarist Gareth Rees-Roberts, who won the Julian Bream Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. Together they bring us “a journey between two worlds and along the edge of the habitable” with the performance of two sequences.
Border Songs brings together many different strands of the history of the Marches - the borderland between Wales and Shropshire where Roger has lived for many years, and was originally commissioned by, and engraved on glass panels for the Shropshire County Archive in Shrewsbury.
From the Ridge is a Latin-American sequence drawing on the songs of singer and activist Atahualpa Yupanqui, widely recognised as the most important Argentinian folk musician of the 20th century.