Who is appearing at Flipside festival in November 2019?
PUBLISHED: 19:41 25 September 2019
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Literary festival Flipside has new home this year, we browse line-up and see how the event is taking a hard look at what climate change means to Suffolk’s heritage coast
International literary festival Flipside has been part of the Suffolk cultural calendar since 2013 when it first introduced its heady mix of books, music and food to Snape Maltings. For organiser and Booker Prize judge Liz Calder, the event has always been about providing a 'cultural encounter' rather than staging another straight forward book festival - which is why the festival brought so many different experiences into the programme.
Earlier this year Flipside provided a multi-arts strand for the First Light Festival in Lowestoft and now Flipside is setting up a new home at Henham Barns for a one day event which is designed to get everyone talking.
FlipSide 2019 has been titled The Purpose of Place and looks to provide an immersive day of conversations, performance, screenings, music and more - all centred on the concept: The purpose of place and the place of purpose...
Liz Calder and co-founder Genevieve Christie say that the human relationship with place - with where we are, and how we affect it, and it affects us - is the oldest we have. "Now, as everything we know about that encounter is changing, and we are questioning more than ever how we live on the earth, and to what ends, Flipside 2019 explores the many ways in which writers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets and activists are responding to the challenges we face.
Genevieve says that interaction lies at the heart of Flipside "We're pitching our camp for a full day of spirited meetings in the remarkable landscape of Henham Park, close to an equally distinctive coast, one that knows the force of the climate on its cliffs and its shores. And there's one thing you can be sure of. We are all changed by our time in such places, with such talents. This is Flipside's purpose. We hope you can join us."
This year's programme features pioneering literary star and advocate Robert Macfarlane and Radiohead's long-term artist-in-residence Stanley Donwood discussing their collaboration on new book Ness, a prose-poem-mystery-play for the earth's 'human age' the time when we, as a species, have made a mark upon the world in which we live.
Described as a poetic parable of land itself resisting, Ness is to be spoken aloud, sung, staged. Ness is a black mass for dark times, described by fellow writer and editor Max Porter as "a triumphant libretto of mythic modernism for our poisoned age".
The book features 12 original drawings by artist Stanley Donwood. The image at the core of Ness is the 'hagstone' - a flint with a natural hole through it. In folklore across Europe, to look through such a stone is to see into the future or the past - or through the veil.
In Home Truths, essayists Joanna Pocock and Jon Day will explore the worlds both local and distant conjured and conjoined in their acclaimed new books, respectively Surrender and Homing.
From the vastness of Montana to the streets, parks and waterways of east London, they will tease out the myriad threads of being from which we weave a sense of enduring and viable identity.
In his new book The Great Flood, the award-winning investigative writer of Leadville Edward Platt, takes as his point of departure the record-breaking waters of 2013-14. With cultural and social historian Ken Worpole, who has written extensively on Eastern England and also on the 1953 disaster, they will discuss the challenge of the tides and the realities we will be increasingly facing.
In Culture Declares Emergency with Mira Calix and Dan Harvey, these two remarkable artists who are central to the growing Culture Declares Emergency movement, will be in conversation about how their practices can both inform and inspire collective creative and transformational action.
Author Julia Blackburn and artist Jayne Ivimey will soar with the birds - in print and paint - as they talk about their book Bird by Bird, and Tom Bailey's extraordinary award-winning performance Vigil will remind us how they are not free of threat.
There will be an impressive programme of films during the festival. The screening of Magda's Boy will see the East of England premiere of a new film about the life and work of Norfolk-based poet George Szirtes. The much-garlanded writer and translator's latest book, The Photographer at Sixteen, is a memoir about his mother, Magda, a Hungarian photographer whose short but remarkable life encompassed global conflict, concentration camps, escape with her family from the communist bloc in 1956 and exile into English suburbia.
In Magda's Boy, filmmaker Anthony Wilks traces the stories, poems and photographs behind the memoir. The 40-minute film will be introduced by Szirtes and Wilks.
Photographer Bill Jackson's new film Man of Stones about Suffolk sculptor Laurence Edwards will also have its premier at FlipSide and throughout the day the festival will be screening films from Britain on Film on Tour, specially crafted film programmes of archive films including Welcome to Britain, Coast and Sea and Rural Life.
The film programme will conclude with Apotheosis - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's experimental film shot in 1969 from a hot air balloon, on a snowy day in Lavenham, Suffolk - film as landscape art….
Suffolk's own maestro musician Laura Cannell together with fellow musician/composer Polly Wright will dream the county into sonic being with conversation about their new work Sing as the Crow Flies and a live performance of songs from the album will close the festival.
FlipSide 2019: The Purpose of Place is at Henham Barns, near Southwold, on November 16.
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