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Honouring Gospels in words and music.

POEMS will echo across the sea as part of a new installation celebrating the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Antiphonal, made by Tom Schofield, of Newcastle University''s Culture Lab, sees excerpts of poetry and sounds from the natural world played in the Lookout Tower on Lindisfarne and the crypt of St Aidan''s Church, Bamburgh.

Poems were specially commissioned for the project from acclaimed poets including Newcastle University professors Sean O'Brien and Bill Herbert.

They are also in a pamphlet, Shadow Script: Twelve poems for Lindisfarne and Bamburgh, published by the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts (NCLA).

The poets were taught about the Gospels and northern saints by Prof Clare Lees, from Kings College, London, and this helped to inspire their work.

NCLA director Prof Linda Anderson, the project curator, said: "The idea was to recreate the multiple voices of medieval texts such as the Gospels.

"We have been lucky to work with some wonderful poets and with Tom, the digital artist who put the installation together.

"The Lookout Tower on Lindisfarne looks across the North Sea to Bamburgh and the two separate parts of the installation 'talk'' to each other.

"Lindisfarne is a beautiful place which gave us the Gospels, one of the most important medieval manuscripts, and we wanted to honour this legacy while the manuscript is back in the region."

The project is also part of Colm Cille's Spiral, a series of national art and literature commissions celebrating the life of 6th Century monk Colm Cille, who is also known as St Columba.

Lindisfarne is linked to Colm Cille through St Aidan, who founded the monastery on Holy Island, and who was a monk in Colm Cille''s monastery on Iona.

Aidan died in Bamburgh, leaning against the church which bears his name and where Antiphonal is located.

Antiphonal runs from 10am to 4pm in the Look Out Tower and 9am to 5pm at St Aidan''s Church until the end of August.

The poems in each location are different and each part of the installation takes 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, two special concerts will honour the Gospels this weekend at St Mary's Church on Holy Island.

Christian Forshaw's Sanctuary Ensemble will perform a new work, The Hand of Eadfrith, at 12 noon and 2pm today.

On Monday the Marygate Singers will perform two new pieces, The Word and Prayer of St Aidan, in concerts at 2pm and 4pm.


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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 27, 2013
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