Noise of Art

New Dates and Red Snapper, Ben Osborne, H E Ross broadcasts

by on Sep.30, 2020, under Events

Noise of Art and Red Snapper are busy editing the audio and video footage of our sell out gig at Woodbridge Festival‘s Riverside Theatre programme last weekend (pictured). We will broadcast the show over the next 14 days (details to come) and will be back with the Festival at the Riverside in early November.

Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne was interviewed on BBC Radio about the work of Woodbridge Festival of Art and Music, a festival run by the community that raises funds for the arts and creative education. The interview also discusses the work that cultural organisations such as the Arts Council England, Music Venues Trust and Musician’s Union have been doing supporting culture during the pandemic. You can hear the interview HERE.

On the same weekend we also joined a COVID regulated afternoon session at The Turk’s Head, a countryside pub with a large garden on the edge of Woodbridge. Here American poet H.E Ross read his new poem ‘Benjamin Franklin, the Lady and a Runaway Enslaved Boy Named King’.

This was the first ever reading of the poem, which was commissioned by Noise of Art as part of our Black Montmartre project. It explores the life of an enslaved boy, owned by Benjamin Franklyn, called King;  who ran away and found freedom in Suffolk, England, and the high seas.

Poet and marine historian, H E Ross, was born in San Francisco where he became a disciple of the beat poets and hung out with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, San Francisco’s Poet Laureate. He joined the marines and became an anti Vietnam war campaigner, was in Haight Ashbury at the birth of the hippie movement, campaigned for civil rights, started the Black Maritime History and Heritage movement and ran away to sea, eventually taking up moorings in Suffolk. Here he wrote and researched his poem.

We will present the poem in recorded and written form during Black History Month, on our new website, which is launching soon.



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