Catalyst 2

Ian Baxter has been curating sound art at Bank Street over the last 6 months or so.  His Sonic Saturday in November was attended by me and other writers from the MA Writing at Sheffield Hallam University.  We spent an hour free writing in response to the sounds, and then spent the next few months trying to shape that writing into a poetic response.  We all wrote poems that surprised us and that couldn’t have come without the process.  The poems are as close as we can get to personal, subjective and honest textual representations of what we heard.


These poems have been handed back to the sound artists, who have now created a sound exhibit in response to our words.  The exhibit will run next month at Bank Street Arts, where the sounds and poems will be displayed together. Here’s the link: 


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