Our Secret History in Song
This workshop will enable students to create their own story plots and dialogue by combining different verse, local to Wiltshire, from the archives at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.
We will explore the value of folk song as social history and as a window to the emotional lives of the largely illiterate rural poor. The validity of popular broadsides as source material will be discussed, as well as problems with dialect and the language used in verse.
The workshop will be led by Beatrice Parvin, the writer of ‘Captain Swing and the Blacksmith’. Steeped in the rich lyricism and storytelling tradition of British folk songs, this haunting tale of love and tragedy is played out against the notorious Swing riots of 1830, when the quiet fields of Wiltshire blazed with violence and fires in the night.
The event is part of a tour of performances and workshops sponsored by Creative Wiltshire, Celebrating Age, Rural Arts and Salisbury Museum.