7.30pm Sunday 11 October 2020
Presented by Darlington-based new music collective Tracks, this evening of music and imagery is inspired by contemporary folk tales, tragic history, and poetry through the ages. It will ‘fill your ears and your eyes with songs of witches, ghosts, haunted houses, and robots – even in the age of computers, history repeats itself’.

Stick In The Wheel
Presenting Robot, inspired by the story ‘Robot’ from Tom Cox’s book Help the Witch – and more. Stick In The Wheel (pictured) produce traditional music, informed by the modern electronic music that grew out of their East London heritage. They push forward the contemporary tradition of roots music, while maintaining and celebrating music from our collective histories. Their new album Hold Fast is out now.

Jack Sharp
Jack Sharp contributed haunted folk song ‘The Vanished House’ to Help the Witch. Adept at bringing to life the hauntings of history, his first solo album Good Times Older is ‘imbibed with a very tangible sense of place, memory and belonging’.

Reading: an extract from Tom Cox’s Award-Winning Short Story Collection Help The Witch
Katherine Betteridge
Multimedia artist Katherine Betteridge presents three atmospheric and intense videos, with music and imagery inspired by and incorporating poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark Nepo and Mary Elizabeth Coleridge.

Reading: poem ‘Music’ by Rainer Maria Rilke

Readings from renowned writers
Tom Cox: award-winning author of short-story collection Help the Witch and nine other books.
Lisette Auton: disabled writer, activist, spoken word artist and children’s author.

PLUS! Free Online Writing Workshop, 2pm–4pm Sunday 11 October
Francoise Harvey will lead you through using music, lyrics and memories as prompts to inspire your writing, whether you prefer to write poetry or prose. Suitable for writers of all levels. Please register your interest in advance by emailing tracksdarlington@gmail.com

  • All beaming directly into your home via the magic of the internet and hosted from the majestic Crown Street Library
  • Suitable for ages 13+
  • Live stream starts 7.30pm on Facebook and YouTube – www.facebook.com/tracksdarlington
  • Free to view – though a donation link will be available