Wordlende is our chance to talk, commune and conspire with individuals who involve environmental practices in their day to day life. Sourcing guests from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, we hope to highlight important ideas and introduce new points of inquiry to ourselves and our audience.
Bennett Hogg is a composer, improviser, and cultural theorist and academic writer based in the North East of England. As a theorist, his particular interests are in the relationships between the human body and technology, the human voice, the mid-twentieth-century avant-garde in music, literature and the fine arts, electroacoustic music, environmental arts, free improvisation and artistic perspectives on and engagements with the natural environment. Since 2003 he has taught composition, sound art, and musicology at Newcastle University.
With a focus on creativity and imagination, Rosalind Ridout is an adventurous and versatile flute player. Much of Rosalind’s work is informed by movement, space, and music’s relationship to the body, opening up research avenues exploring Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Rosalind is able to apply her performance-based research in her role as Director of Music at the Jack & Jill Family of Schools in Hampton. Rosalind’s performance interests lie primarily in the baroque and contemporary repertories, and experimental, cross-discipline theatre. A founding member of SHOAL, she is also a founding member of Endelienta Baroque.
Dr. Ross Piper is a zoologist, author and presenter/on-screen expert. He has been fascinated by animals for as long as he can remember, an interest that led to a prize-winning, first class degree in zoology at Bangor University and a PhD in insect ecology at the University of Leeds. Currently a visiting fellow at the University of Essex and a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Ross’s future projects include a new book exploring insects as a source of novel pharmaceuticals and biomaterials (with David Wilcockson at Aberystwyth University and Ted Hupp at the University of Edinburgh ) as part of two initiatives (Forest Conservation Initiative and the Framework for Medicine and Nature). As well as devising new techniques for sampling terrestrial arthropods and planning further expeditions.
Isla Ratcliff is a Scottish fiddle player, singer and composer, with a background in classical violin and piano. Her work is underpinned by her interests in cultural politics, the environment, spoken word, theatre, and music’s positive impact on our wellbeing. As a versatile composer and arranger. Her work includes fiddle tunes, ensemble arrangements, theatre scores, short film scores and political songs. She enjoys collaborating with artists from other disciplines, and writing commissions to mark birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Aged 16, she won the lyrics category of Amnesty International’s Power Of Our Voices protest songwriting competition with her song ‘Death Row’. In 2019 she devised a musical-theatrical production A Reawakened Monument of Antiquity, inspired by the music and cultural-political context of A Collection of Highland Vocal Airs (1784).
MICHAELBRAILEY is an electronic musician, composer and curator based between Manchester (UK) and Hamburg (DE). His current work is born out of anxiety, attempting to calm rampant feelings associated in part with the ongoing tumultuous present. Current works for performance - often using text, screens and voices - are investigating ekphrasis and audience perception.
He curates VIRTUALLYREALITY, an events series programming adventurous new music and performance in Manchester since 2017
From beginnings in the black forest region of south west Germany, Judith Lamb has always connected to her surroundings through food. This is probably not surprising for someone growing up surrounded by so much natural beauty and so many delicious wild foods amid an ancient and continuous foraging tradition. Her parents, an environmentalist and zoology professor and a cooking teacher with an amazing palate and facility in the kitchen, both forage, as did their parents and grandparents before them, so, naturally, from the time we were born, Judith and her siblings became part of this long line of woodland foragers.
Edinburgh Forage and Eat aims to educate, inspire and delight through guided foraging walks/courses and wild food preparation events.
Dr. Jackie Gulland is a lecturer in political and social science at the University of Edinburgh, she is well established as a researcher of social welfare laws and policies and their effect on people in relation to gender, disability, age and other inequalities. Her book 'Gender, Work and Social Control: a century of disability benefits' was published in 2019 and won the Social Policy Association Richard Titmuss Book Award last year. Aside from her academic work, Jackie is also an ardent gardener, working on the front and back gardens of her house as well as an allotment close by. She runs a blog entitled “Reclaiming Paradise” in which she documents her gardening adventures as well as occasionally veering off to other topics of interest.
Patrick Romero is a Mexican-Scottish poet and vocalist. His poems have appeared recently in magazines in Scotland and the UK such as Poetry Scotland, Bella Caledonia, and Gutter. He writes about hitchhiking, outdoorsiness, and his bicultural upbringing between Edinburgh and Central Mexico. He also founded and now edits the poetry journal Wet Grain.
Simon Kirby is a professor of 'language evolution' at the University of Edinburgh and an artist. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Cognitive Science Society, and a member of the Academy of Europe. His work parallels scientific and artistic investigations of cultural evolution and the origins of human uniqueness, particularly the evolution of language. In 1997 Simon founded the Centre for Language Evolution, which has pioneered techniques for growing languages in the experiment lab and exploring language evolution using computer simulations. His artistic work includes Cybraphon, which won a BAFTA in 2009 and is now part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of Scotland. Since the 2020 lockdown, Simon has been creating a series of pen-plotter drawings which allow the inclusion of sound in representations of place.