Kent Downs Writer in Res­i­dence

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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.

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