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Literary Event, Sat 30 Sep 2017

Rob Reed and Ric Neale

Rob Reed and Ric Neale


Wakefield Lit Fest

07718 564 376


Mechanics Theatre,
Wood Street,


Never Worn

How can we say what matters? How can we speak our minds? How can we make words count? Never Worn tries to question this - based on Ernest Hemingway's shortest story - a novel in just six words. The very beginning of flash fiction told in song and spoken word by Rob Reed and Ric Neale.

This is almost definitely not true - it is said that many years ago while enjoying lunchtime drinks with some fellow authors, the great Ernest Hemingway challenged the other writers to see who could write a novel in the shortest number of words. Each placed ten dollars in the middle of the table and began scribbling on their napkins…

From trying to find the right words at the right time in an argument, to over thought tweets about politics, to text messages announcing our undying love; the idea of saying a lot, with a little is as old as the written word itself. “Never Worn” explores this idea using songs, stories and poetry.

Followed by a new sonic commission of Simon Armitage's 'The Dead Sea Poems' by One Day, After School.

Wakefield musicians One Day, After School present their brand new work; a soundtrack performance of Simon Armitage's seminal poetry collection 'The Dead Sea Poems'. Combining specially composed music with guest performers and poets, the show takes lead from the collection's pre-millenial tension and Armitage's own down to earth interest in the minutiae of life.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Sep 2017 19:00 to 22:00


£12 full / £10 concs
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