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Residency in Nova Scotia, Sept 2019


Martin Heslop and Helen Tookey have been awarded a prestigious two-week residency at Elizabeth Bishop’s childhood home in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada during September 2019. They will be developing a new music and text work using field recordings made during their stay.

See and hear more from their ongoing collaboration here.

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Turner ship in storm better

New text and sound work, Squall by Martin Heslop and Helen Tookey. Premiered on Radiophrenia, May 2019. Listen here:



Read and listen to more from their ongoing collaboration here


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Alternating Currents online

ALTERNATING CURRENTS | featuring voices of W. N. Herbert, Fiona Sampson, Sean O’Brien, Helene Gelens, Elma van Haren and Menno Wigman.

Commissioned by the Poettrio Experiment for Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018.

Thanks to Lindsay Rodden and Julia Heslop.

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Lighthouse…album release

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Music/Text/Song/Visual work by Alan Dunn, Martin Heslop & Jeff Young in collaboration with Mariners’ Park.

This new album captures The Lighthouse Invites the Storm performances and has been produced in a numbered edition of 1000.

To request a copy of the CD, email Alan Dunn at

The CD is free, but any contributions towards p&p are welcome and can be made here:

See here for The Lighthouse Invites the Storm project page with audio-visual documentation.

(Also listen to Jeff’s recent series of Radio 3 essays, Kaleidoscope of Muses here)

4 Excerpts from Lighthouse…:




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Upcoming: New poetry/sound work

Radio Tower Sea

New work ALTERNATING CURRENTS: TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE NORTH SEA to be presented at Newcastle Poetry festival at Sage, Gateshead on Thursday 3rd May.

Commissioned by the Poettrio Experiment (more info: here), a new immersive sound work in response to collaborative poetry translation from leading Dutch and British poets. Imagined as an intercepted cross-border broadcast, Alternating Currents explores the intersection of language, code and music.

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Upcoming Release: The Lighthouse Invites the Storm

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Album of electronic composition, spoken voice and song to be released in July.

Drawing on the stories of merchant seamen, sea-voyages, journeys through the Liverpool night and the rise and fall of Mersey tides, this experimental cross art form composition, was initially commissioned by the Bluecoat and Liverpool John Moores University for live shows in July 2017.

Music and songs by Martin Heslop

Visual art by Alan Dunn

Text by Jeff Young

With Jack Roberts, Mersey Wylie and Vidar Norheim.

More information to follow in the next few weeks.

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Upcoming Tour: … Tons of Soil


Horny Handed Tons of Soil, with words by Lizzie Nunnery and music by Martin Heslop, Martin Smith and Vidar Norheim, goes out on tour in a few weeks. Here are the dates and links:

28th March – Unity Theatre Liverpool 8pm

29th March – Bury Met, Bury 8pm

13th April – The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

19th April – Milton Keynes, The Stables (two person version) 8.45pm

29th + 30th April – London, New Diorama Theatre

7th June – York Theatre Royal



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