Poet Bob Beagrie, along with a group of musicians, conjures up the wild and wyrd world of the Dark Ages in a live performance of spoken word and sound, to launch the publication of the epic poem Leasungspell.
Set in 657AD, Northumbria is one of the seven warring Anglo Saxon kingdoms, a place where the traditions of Celtic Christianity, Roman Christianity and pagan beliefs and magic clash. Blood feuds and brutality rage, and political intrigue festers. Oswin, a monk from the monastery of Herutea (Hartlepool) treads a path across the volatile landscape, a wilderness where faith, history, myth and folklore intertwine, as he journeys towards Streonshalh (Whitby) bearing secret letters from the Abbess Hild.
Leasungspell brings to life the mindset and vision of a world filled with animism, rapture and omens. It is a tale of twisting digressions, of stories folded within stories and of language itself. It is also an anti-epic, a fool’s yarn, a small tale of a nobody wandering alone through the Dark Ages.
The live performance of Leasungspell and the audio works have been developed with the support from Arts Council England. The Audio Works can be accessed via www.leasungspell.com.