I Made Some Low Inquiries

Justin Hopper (US)

Sat 07 Nov 2015

Toynbee Studios

Photo by Mark Offord


I Made Some Low Inquiries is an invocation to nature, calling upon sources from the folk ballads of Appalachia to the toad-bone rituals of edge lands Suffolk. It steals from archival documents, the history of enclosure movements and family stories of weird country life, and infiltrates the secret societies of horse hypnotizers and factory workers alike. Combining texts, music and field recordings that repatriate American mountain ballads to their East Anglian origin, I Made Some Low Inquiries celebrates our absurd struggle to control the natural world through language and landscape; memory and myth.

Justin Hopper writes poetry and non-fiction pertaining to landscape, memory and myth. His place-based poetry includes the audio-and performance-poem series Ley Line and Public Record. His non-fiction book The Old Weird Albion, exploring alternate visions of Englishness along the South Downs Way, is due from Penned in the Margins in 2016. Originally from Pittsburgh in the USA, Hopper now lives in the English countryside on the Essex / Suffolk border.

  • Readers: Justin Hopper and Shirley Collins
  • Musicians: Lost Harbours, Jem Finer (Longplayer, The Pogues), Susie Honeyman (Mekons, Little Sparta), Mark Pilkington (Strange Attractor Press, Urthona), Cath Tyler (Phil & Cath Tyler, Cordelia’s Dad)
  • Visuals: Stefan Musgrove and Mark Offord

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