Hannah Silva and Alexis Kirke

Hannah SilvaSpoken-word virtuoso Hannah Silva has been described by the Times as ‘one of the most ambitious and entertaining poets in the country’ (Top Ten Literary Stars of 2008) and has been pushing boundaries of performance poetry over the last few years.

As one of our 2009 commissioned artists, Hannah will be creating new work for the Summer Sundae Weekender with drummer and all-round Renaissance-man Alexis Kirke (as well as hitting things with sticks, he’s also a composer, poet and scientist).

The new work will use percussion, sound, spoken word and visuals to tell the story of a love affair between a poet and a musician whilst exploring the relationship between music and spoken word. The musician is not just a percussionist but also a character in the narrative. Can the power of the poet’s words convince him to come back to her? How can the two communicate across the languages of music and poetry? Which will prove the most powerful communicator, and where do the boundaries lie?