Paul Henry and Brian Briggs are breathing life to an ancient tradition. Reinvigorating the oral storytelling of epic poems and blending with this the transporting magic of music and song, The Glass Aisle, the collaboration between poet Paul Henry and singer-songwriter Brian Briggs is a haunting and lyrical story. The tale takes place at a stretch of canal above Crickhowell, and we are introduced to the figure of a telephone engineer trying to reconnect a telegraph line back over the water to a block of homes converted from what once was an old union workhouse. Elegiac and masterfully told, the Henry-Briggs duo give a captivating performance.
Acclaimed poet Paul Henry has written 10 books of verse and is a Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, who has presented for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4. He also has a background in songwriting, which is complemented by Brian Briggs’s musical skill – as the frontman of the band Stornoway – who has already been featured on BBC Radio 2 and at festivals across the country. The Glass Aisle has also been published as a book of poetry earlier this year, and it is a show that Carol Ann Duffy calls “virtuoso”, and Gillian Clarke praises as a musical collection that “leaves a reader’s mind full of phrases[…] that catch the heart and lodge in the memory”.
A chance to experience their unique blend of new storytelling with word and song, The Glass Aisle will be visiting Bridport for this year’s BridLit festival and is not to be missed.
Sunday 11th Nov/ Event 38
£10 or £35 with lunch
To book tickets, contact the Box Office over the phone or in person.
Box Office: Bridport Tourist Information Centre, The Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF
Tel: 01308 424 901