Artist Julieann Worrall Hood and researcher Paul March-Russell will be discussing Paul’s research and his interest in Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker. They will also be discussing how Julieann will respond to the novel, with a Family Art Making Day in 2021, using found materials to create proposals for a new monument to Riddley Walker, set in the East Kent landscape.
Thanks again to everyone who attended, contributed or made the Riddley Walker at 40 Sum Poasyum, Sum Tyms Bit, possible.
Further events are planned for the spring.
We recorded the talks and discussions and aim to keep these available indefinitely — with minor exceptions. (Click on sessions for the YouTube films and the rest for the event descriptions.)
- Emily Guerry, ‘The Legend of St Eustace’
- Kent Animal Humanities Network [Chair: Kaori Nagai]
- Feral Practice and Esi Eshun
- Sara Trillo – ‘Lomea’
- Amy Cutler – ‘Walking my Riddels’ (live performance)
Artists’ Films (These will not be permanently archived)
Thursday 15th October at 6pm, at Folkestone Harbour Station, on Platform 1
Feral Practice‘s film Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is being screened as part of Folkestone Fringe’s socially-distanced launch for the second iteration of Festival of Looking on Thursday 15th October at 6pm, at Folkestone Harbour Station, on Platform 1.
This year, as we contend with unnerving and momentous changes happening across the world, we are asking ourselves many questions. During the period of lockdown, our homes and neighbourhoods have become our world and many people have suddenly developed a new relationship with their immediate surroundings. In What’s happening, exactly? we are exploring the state of the town today, from its rich material fabric to its vital but unsettled relationship with water, as well as addressing wider and critical issues occurring around the world such as Isolation and Racism.
Order of events
18:10 Welcome by Diane Dever
18:20 Introduction to the Festival by Georgie Scott
18:30 Reading from ‘Rare Albion, Too – The Story of Folkstown’ by Christopher Houghton Budd
18:50 Film Screening ‘Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit’ by Feral Practice
19:10 Artist Q+A
If you are unable to attend on Thursday because you are sheltering they will be live streaming the launch on their Facebook page ––>>
The talks and workshops, including Walk Write are online, and will be available on watch again on their Facebook page and the website.
They also have the MySquare town tour with a specially designed journal and creative pack for you to explore some what3words geo-located sites.
Any queries please email olivia@folkestonefringecom
The pandemic has meant that we are taking our day with Riddley Walker online – to request the link to view these events, please click here. This will be sent to you shortly before the Sum Poasyum. The full schedule can be found here.
SESSION THREE – 14.00 24 OCTOBER 2020
Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit was an online ‘sum poasyum’ or programme of talks, screenings and creative responses inspired by the novel, Riddley Walker, the 1980 cult novel by Russell Hoban.
The events took place on 24 October 2020. Recordings are now available.
Riddley Walker was first published in 1980. Forty years on, we celebrate the legacy of this cult novel and consider how it continues to speak to and resonate with us.
Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a collaborative project of talks, screenings and creative responses to the novel. The project will host an online ‘sum poasyum’ on 24th October 2020. We invite interested participants to share their thoughts about the book in the form of a short audio or video recording, to be featured on the project website for public access and highlighted in the programme.
Responses can be a consideration of how reading Riddley Walker has influenced your creative or academic practice, how it has affected your way of seeing or understanding the world, or a personal reflection on your experience of reading and rereading the book.
Please submit your response in the following form:
- An audio recording of up to 5 minutes in a single mp3 file, maximum 5MB, OR
- A video recording of up to 5 minutes in a single mp4 file, maximum 50MB
- An accompanying image if you wish (of yourself, your copy of the book or a scene or object that evokes your relationship to the book) as a single jpeg file, maximum 5MB (ideal size 20488 pixels horizontal x 5000 pixels vertical)
- Your name, title, institutional affiliation where relevant, and one social media account that you would like included with your response. These should be submitted as you wish them to appear on the website. Please include this information with your files.
Please use WeTransfer to submit your audio file and image to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th September 2020
Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a collaborative project created by Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Kent and Feral Practice, in association with The Canterbury Festival: visit https://blogs.canterbury.ac.uk/sumtymsbit to find out more.
For any queries about this project, please contact email@example.com.
There will be a screening of this film Thursday 15th October at 6pm, at Folkestone Harbour Station, on Platform 1. For details, see here.
Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a new artist film, from Feral Practice, drawing resonance between themes of power, fragility and exploitation in Kent’s landscapes, and the forces at work in Russell Hoban’s cult 1980 novel Riddley Walker. In the post-apocalyptic world of the novel, inhabitants of ‘Inland’ (East Kent) mythologise the fragments of a lost civilization destroyed by human ambition. In our current times, alive to the climate crisis, global disease vectors, species extinction and postcolonial extraction, the plot is provocative and salutary.
With Covid 19 we are experiencing profound insight into our own vulnerabilities, and the unpredictable consequences of our exploitative relationship with animals and the land. In the film, Feral Practice probes sites of power in East Kent, including Faversham’s explosive past, Thanet Earth’s constant day, and Sellindge’s high voltage present, and adjunct spaces that provide refuge to rare flora and fauna, where wild creatures live circumscribed lives in isolation from their kind.
We are planning to show the film in Folkestone and Canterbury. Locations, timings and booking details will follow in due course.