Watchers of the Skies
Watchers of the Skies was performed at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015 and can be seen again in March 2017. The piece is written and performed by storyteller and poet Carol Florence Graham, with a live musical soundscape by composer and sound designer Simon McCorry.
Blending ancient myth, poetry and recent history it tells the story of Edna Leigh, Carol’s grandmother, who embarked on a dramatic ocean voyage from New York to Liverpool at the end of World War Two. Edna then began a very different journey that took her deep into the heart of ancient cultures eventually leading to the discovery of an encyclopedia of astronomy within Homer's epic poems. This learning had been lost to the world for centuries and her daughter and son in law went on to develop the original work and publish two books verifying the discoveries. (Homer’s Secret Iliad. John Murray, 1999, and Homer’s Secret Odyssey.The History Press, 2011).
The piece spirals around Carol’s childhood memories, her grandmother’s life in rural Kansas and an exploration of the extraordinary potential of the imagination. The delicate melodies of Simon McCorry’s accompaniment on the cello are an essential part of the narrative that spans generations, continents and thousands of years of poetry and astronomy.
“…. I was enchanted and immersed in a journey of the imagination which drew together story, myth, music and the heavens – it left me utterly transformed.
For more information see www.watchersoftheskies.co.uk