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The sound of stories resonates through all of our lives. Narrative arcs and plot twists weave in and out of each other; dreams, relationships, adventures, tragedy, comedy – stories are life!

Darlington collective Tracks understand this very well and with the support of Creative Darlington they’re bringing HARK!, a celebration of story, into your own home via Facebook live. They promise an online evening of music and imagery inspired by haunting contemporary folk tales and poetry through the ages. Where better to host this fine evening than Darlington’s beautiful Crown Street Library where stories have lived since 1885!

Although initial plans for 2020’s event were derailed by the pandemic, they have managed to overcome this and will go live on Sunday 11th October at 7.30pm. HARK! curator and host, local writer Francoise Harvey, says, “The inaugural HARK! was the highlight of last year for me, I’m thrilled to bring a special, online version to an even wider audience, this time with specially filmed imagery to accompany the music. I have a foot in each of the worlds of music and literature – so being able to bring the two together is very special.”

HARK! Online features specially commissioned performances from urban folk band Stick In The Wheel, psych folk songwriter Jack Sharp (both of whom appear on the concept album Help The Witch, based on Tom Cox’s book of short stories by the same name) and multimedia artist Katherine Betteridge, plus readings from Tom Cox himself and disabled writer, activist and spoken word artist, Darlington’s own Lisette Auton. As if that wasn’t enough, there is a free online writing workshop by Francoise Harvey before the show at 2pm.

HARK! featuring Stick In The Wheel, Jack Sharp, Katherine Betteridge, Tom Cox and Lisette Auton takes place via Tracks’ Facebook page on Sunday 11th October

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