Kent Downs Writer in Residence
As part of the Kent Downs AONB 50th anniversary celebrations and the 40th anniversary of the opening of the North Downs Way, musician, broadcaster and lecturer Marcus O’Dair took up a unique residence in the Kent Downs AONB for a series of heritagefocused events over the summer.
In partnership with Inn Crowd, which supports rural pubs throughout the south east,
Marcus is hosting exciting and inspiring spoken word, poetry and storytelling performances in the group’s pubs this September, helping to reinforce pubs as central to vibrant, rural community life.
Through spoken word and music, Marcus’s captured his own reflections on the landscape while walking the
Kent portion of the North Downs way and spending time in host pubs within the Kent Downs AONB including The White Lion, Selling and The Plough Inn, Stalisfield.
He recorded fragments of conversations with locals and community groups gathering their feelings and responses to the local landscape and the importance of pubs in rural areas. These local voices, and passages from relevant literary works into new musical and spoken word works, which will be performed in pubs in the Kent Downs in September.
Journey as Concept, 24 September, 7.30pm
Celebrated musician Matthew King and choral master Mark Deller will be treating participants to a musical reflection on pilgrimage and journey
Mementoes, 25 September, 10.30am
A pleasant morning for pilgrims past and present to meet and discuss their experiences and memories and bring along any pilgrim mementoes they’ve collected along the way
Wye Arts Association – Le Grand Voyage, 25 September, 7.30pm
Le Grand Voyage is a 2004 film written and directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi portraying the relationship between father and son as they embark on a religious pilgrimage trip by car
Author Talk, 26 September, 3-5pm
Victoria Field, author of Baggage – A Book of Leavings, introduces pilgrim writers with extraordinary stories to share
Literary Reflections – Chaucer’s The Millers Tale, 26 September, 7.30pm
The audience can meet an all-star cast of published pilgrims and discuss their adventures. The evening will begin with a short performance of Chaucer’s A Miller’s Tale by the Dour Players
Kent – England’s Holy Land: Tales of the Kent Saints and Pilgrimage, 28 September, 7.30pm
Andrew Kelly of the Augustine Camino gathers historical experts for an exploration of key figures in Kent’s rich pilgrimage history
North Downs Way Anniversary Celebrations Pilgrimage Fair, 29 September, 10am-8pm
A variety of beautiful circular walks starting and finishing in Wye followed by a Pilgrims Feast in the Church followed by a choral harmony pilgrim duet
Parade - 30 September
The main event on Sunday 30 September to mark the 40th Anniversary of the North Downs Way will see a parade from the church to Wye Crown to cut the cake and toast the trail. Later in the afternoon The Ale Trail will be launched with a beer festival.
Marcus O’Dair: a unique residence Visit www.inncrowd.co .uk for more information on performances.