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Thread #165692   Message #3976949
Posted By: Anne Lister
15-Feb-19 - 05:44 PM
Thread Name: Out of the PhD tunnel: medieval storytelling
Subject: Popping my head above the parapet
Because I've been quiet for a while, this is a brief update for anyone who may be interested. I've been quiet because I've been working on a PhD, about a 13th century tale of King Arthur written in medieval Occitan, and telling this story to audiences in various settings, from academic lectures to small house concerts, taking in festivals and storytelling clubs along the way. The thesis is now submitted and I'm waiting to deal with my interrogators in the viva. In the meantime I've also been working on a new album of songs, some of which are recordings made in 1973. The sad news here is that my long-term friend and ally, and recording engineer, Liv Elliot, was diagnosed in May last year with a brain tumour and died in November, so the whole project has become bitter-sweet. However, various moves are afoot and I'm hoping to get back to the studio very soon to complete the recording.
Partly as a tribute to Liv, and partly because of the very urgent considerations of climate change and the environment, I have put together a video of my song "A call to arms" from my album "Waiting for the Hero", and I hope you enjoy it.
I am now actively looking for performance opportunities for me and my songs, and me and my rather special 13th century story ... please get in touch if you're interested.