BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: The Verb

Sage Two

A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Radio 3’s unique cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan and featuring Richard Hawley, celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, with woodland-inspired writing and innovative performances.

Acclaimed musician Richard Hawley has been nominated for Brit and Mercury awards. His album Hollow Meadows was composed against the backdrop of his native Sheffield, the greenest city in Europe, with 2 ½ million trees, which, ‘apart from being incredibly beautiful’ as he says, ‘are literally the air that we breathe’.

Ian also welcomes Emmy the Great, a singer-songwriter who has released 3 albums. She moved from Hong Kong to London aged 12 and has been selected to spend 6 weeks in Chinese cities creating new works as part of the British Council and Performing Rights Society’s Musicians in Residence programme.

And William Fiennes will share his passion for writing about trees as an ambassador for The Woodland Trust – he’s the award-winning author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, and teaches at Newcastle University.

Ian McMillan is a poet, journalist and playwright who’s been styled “poet in residence at Barnsley football club” and who has worked as poet in residence at English National Opera. A frequent guest on television programmes and at literary festivals and stages around the UK, his books include a guide to Yorkshire dialect Collins Chelp and Chunter: How to Talk Tyke and his latest poetry book To Fold the Evening Star: New and Selected Poems.

For your information…

  • A restricted number of tickets will be available on the day on a first come first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2017

Part of What's On in March and April

Gateshead International Jazz Festival, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival and Folkworks Pass It On Festival take place on the south bank of the Tyne this Spring alongside Sage Gateshead’s usual programme of eclectic and high quality artists.

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