Sensual, god-fearing, terrifying, uplifting, joyous – poems and music that speak to our essential human connection in these fractious and turbulent times. A collage of 17th-century and contemporary poems and music at St Martin within Ludgate, a beautiful and resonant Wren church.
We’re surrounded by examples of disconnection and hostility towards ‘the other’: Brexit and its fallout, Trump, fences and closed ports at the borders of Europe, and the rest. It has hardly ever been so important to celebrate what unites us, regardless of our differences. Inspired by John Donne’s 1624 sermon, No-one is an Island is an aural exploration of our emotional connection to each another.
Emerging poet Raymond Antrobus and the celebrated David Harsent perform their own work and a fusion of 17th, 20th and 21st century metaphysical poetry with accomplished actress Grace Cookey-Gam. They are accompanied by the music of Holly Cullen-Davies and her creative and versatile performance project, Live Junction. Tough and beautiful work from award-winning contemporary women poets – Judith Kazantzis, Ellen Hinsey, Malika Booker, Hannah Sullivan – weaves through the evening’s playlist in a combination of poetry, music and theatrical performance which stretches the form of a poetry reading.