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Helen Tookey & Sharron Kraus – Book/CD Launch

Saturday 21st May 2016 7.30

An evening of poetry and music to launch *If You Put Out Your Hand*: a collaboration between poet Helen Tookey and musician Sharron Kraus. The project takes inspiration from the natural world and our ways of responding to it. The poems’ settings are gardens, river valleys, hills, and at the same time the symbolic landscapes of the mind, of dream and memory. Sharron Kraus’s beautifully sparce music responds intuitively but precisely to the poems; word and sound interweaving to form a set of new collaborative pieces.

Originally from Leicester, Helen Tookey now lives in Liverpool. Her debut poetry collection *Missel-Child* (Carcanet, 2014) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection 2015.

Sharron Kraus is a singer, musician and composer based in Sheffield. Her work draws on traditional music and folklore as well as the natural world. Her recent solo album *Friends and Enemies; Lovers and Strangers* is a collection of songs inspired by the stories of the *Mabinogi*.

Entrance £6, Doors open 7.30 for 8pm start. Free glass of wine!

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