The Echoing Gallery Echoes On

The-Echoing-GalleryIn late November we reconvened for a second launch of the ekphrastic anthology The Echoing Gallery¬†(Redcliffe Press, 2013). This provided an opportunity to read for some contributors who hadn’t been able to make the first launch and, so, this time we were able to hear Jane Griffiths’s response to Ben Nicholson’s St Ives – Oval and Steeple, Edson Burton’s poem about Valda Jackson’s relief in brick, situated in Bristol’s St Paul’s district, and Ralph Hoyte’s distinctive delivery of ‘Snarked’, a prose-poem response to Stephen Joyce’s statue of John Cabot that looks out on the Floating Harbour from the cobblestones fronting the Arnolfini.

Rachael Boast has done excellent work editing this anthology, including the organisation of these launch events. She also commissioned musicians Hat in Hand to produce music in response to the poems, and film to accompany the music, thereby developing the ekphrastic idea in ever more intriguing directions. A recording of the event – featuring readings of the poems cut with images of the artworks that inspired them, and the music and film inspired by the poems – is currently in post-production.

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