Very pleased to say that our collaborative piece in praise of Winter Hill (Lancs), A Year on the Hill, has been accepted for showing at Bolton International Film Festival in October. words: Dave Morgan music: Kevin Bates readings: Dave Morgan. Stella Blackburn recording : John Maycraft (Sound Cafe Studio) animation: Rachel Appleton
From: A Year on the Hill - Summer, Autumn
Summer Cotton grass and ferns hide skeletal walls, disused workings, Cover farm foundations, abandoned pit shafts, quarried stone, Disguise the criss-cross of ditches and drains. Do not be misled. Do not attempt the shortest route from A to B. Do not be seduced by the panorama. Do not think this fine day will be kind to the unprepared. Observe a silence Listen for the muted complaints of carter’s horses Humming in the stones, Or the songs of tipsy miners from long abandoned homes. Beware warm wind, beware the dry spell. Once is just enough and just too much. One careless spark, one fag-end Incinerates the living, scorches the canvas. Destroys the balance. Autumn An Autumn day with lengthening shadow Diffused sunbeams that wash not sear’ Days shortening. It’s not New England But Old English Rivington dazzles With reds and golds. Ancient woodland long gone, A necklace of new timber On lower slopes Frames a harvest moon. Farmers prepare to bring their beasts down Hay stacked high in ancient barns. Against a venal sunset The Pigeon Tower and Pike stand proud ‘We will be noticed’.
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