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

Marching On! 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. 

After a storming sell-out gig at Sheffield Central Library on 1 April, Commoners Choir marches on to Keighley Library on Saturday 8 April, 1pm, and then Darlington Library (Crown Street) on Sunday 9 April, 1pm.

Do not miss this peculiar, memorable, feisty,sell out, celebratory, witty, angry and inclusive choirCommoners 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 is 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. There’s tea and cakes too!

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

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

Sat 8 April • Keighley Library 1pm

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

Sun 23 April • Carlisle Library 1pm – Free tickets here:

Sat 29 April • Doncaster Library 1pm

For more information about Commoners Choir and these free events go to:;;

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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