Saturday, 7 September 2013
Cliff Top Performance
This year the Wirksworth Festival is playing host to a group of artists from South Australia. As part of their introduction to the area and some of the art it itself has inspired, my friend Alastair Clark was asked to organise an introductory walk with local inputs. I was fortunate enough to be asked to be among the sculptors, artists, writers, poets and dancers making presentations. Alastair asked if I would read my piece 'Hanging in the Balance' about a dramatic cliff rescue that I was involved in some years ago on Wildcat Cliffs in Matlock Bath. These cliffs are behind and obscured by me in this photo at about waist level. With a sixty foot drop just behind me here on top of Black Rocks, this was probably the most unsettling setting in which I've ever presented or lectured - and I've known one or two!
A fuller account of the walk can be found on Alastair's blog