Tracks Darlington presents HARK! The Sound of Stories – an online evening of music and imagery inspired by contemporary folk tales and poetry through the ages.

Following the success of last year’s event, held in Darlington’s beautiful Crown Street Library, this year HARK! will be beaming live and direct into your home at 7.30pm on 11 October 2020.

Once again supported by Creative Darlington, Tracks has adapted their haunting multimedia extravaganza, HARK!, into an online event.

The evening will feature readings from Lisette Auton (a local disabled writer, activist, and spoken word artist) and Tom Cox (author of contemporary folk tale collection, Help the Witch). There will be live performances by electronic folk duo, Stuck In The Wheel, and singer/guitarist Jack Sharp, who all featured on the concept album for Help the Witch, voted ‘best folk horror album of 2020’. Multimedia artist, Katherine Betteridge, draws inspiration from nature and magical beliefs from cultures around the world. She will be immersing you in three intensely atmospheric videos combining music, imagery and poetry inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark Nepo and Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. 

“The inaugural HARK! was the highlight of last year for me, showcasing incredible storytelling, spine-tingling music and of course bringing an appreciative crowd to our wonderful Crown Street library. I’m thrilled to be working with Tracks to bring a special, online version to an even wider audience, this time with specially filmed imagery to accompany the music. I’m pleased, too, to be running an online writing workshop ahead of this event, in which we’ll be using music to inspire words, to bring the whole concept full circle. Creativity inspires creativity – there’s a rhythm to great writing and stories that inspires memorable music. I have a foot each in the worlds of music and literature – so being able to bring the two together in the form of HARK!, which showcases music that’s based on stories and poetry, is very special.”

HARK! curator and host, local writer Francoise Harvey

The event originated from what Francoise describes as an ‘idle Tweet’ which prompted co-founder of Tracks, Sarah Wilson, to get in touch and help with planning the event. So, if you have any ideas for creative events in the Tees area, be sure to put them out there. Feel free to drop a line to You never know what might happen.

Interview piece with HARK! organiser Fran Harvey


Francoise will be leading a free online writing workshop at 2pm on 11th October, using music and lyrics as inspirational prompts. Whether you write poetry or prose, or even if you’ve never written before, you are welcome to take part. Please email to register your interest.
HARK! hopes to return to Crown Street Library in 2021.

Suitable for ages 13+ | Live stream starts 7.30pm on Facebook and YouTube – Free to view but please donate if you can.


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