Word by Word, Song by Song. Commoners Choir Coming to a Northern English Library Near You!

Word by Word, Song by Song. Commoners Choir Coming to a Northern English Library Near You! 

Literacy, Books and the Print Revolution. A Tour of Northern English Libraries. 

Formed by ex Chumbawamba member, Boff Whalley, Commoners Choir embarks on its first ever tour in April taking in Sheffield, Keighley, Darlington, Carlisle and Doncaster. All cities where Government cuts are hitting public libraries hard.

Commoners Choir will sing specially written songs about how the invention of print and the creation of public libraries democratised information and knowledge, centring around the history, culture and politics of literacy and print.

Each performance will be accompanied by an exhibition of printed posters celebrating the power of print. At each event there will be a letterpress printer demonstrating the use of mechanical type and creating site-specific souvenirs of each performance which will include a free CD of a Commoners Choir song written especially for the event.

Peculiar, memorable, feisty, celebratory, witty, angry and inclusive. Come along and judge for yourselves.

This Commoners Choir free tour of Northern English Libraries was made possible by funding from Arts Council England. The dates are:

Sat 1 April • Sheffield Library (Central) 1pm – Free tickets here: http://bit.ly/2hlFw5n

Sat 8 April • Keighley Library 1pm

Sun 9 April • Darlington Library (Crown Street) 1pm

Sun 23 April • Carlisle Library 1pm – Free tickets here: https://goo.gl/6ypOzx

Sat 29 April • Doncaster Library 1pm

For more information about Commoners Choir and these free events go to: http://www.commonerschoir.com/; https://www.facebook.com/commonerschoir/; https://twitter.com/Commonerschoir


Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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