Poet and artist bringing love to the North Tyne Valley

A POET and artist have got together to produce a work about love in Northumberland.

Artist Kim Lewis and poet Linda France

A POET and artist have got together to produce a work about love in Northumberland.

Inspired by the Song of Songs from the Hebrew bible, artist Kim Lewis and poet Linda France have translated it to the North Tyne Valley in Northumberland.

The original is believed to have been written in Israel about 3,000 years ago. Their version celebrates love of the land, love between two people and love of spirit in a series of images and poems.

Border Song will be exhibited at the Heritage Centre at Bellingham from Monday, September 20 to Friday, October 29.

After combining poems and prints with great success in Flying (exhibited at the Queen's Hall, Hexham, earlier this year) Linda France and Kim Lewis used a grant from Visual Arts in Rural Communities for this new collaboration. Both artists live in Northumberland.

Linda said: “Working together has produced a stimulating exchange of ideas between us – as text gave rise to picture, and picture influenced text, a conversation evolved leading us both to enter areas we had not imagined individually but chimed with what we jointly instinctively felt. And, much as lyrics and music become more than each other when combined, Border Song reflects the dovetailing of our response.”

Kim Lewis is best known as an author and illustrator of children's picture books.

Linda France, originally from Newcastle, moved to Northumberland and has published a number of collections of poetry – the most recent being You Are Her which was published by Arc in July.

She has edited three anthologies of poetry and written two pamphlets.

Her poems have also been carved in wood and stone, cast in metal, etched on glass, painted on canvas, woven into embroidery and painted on enamel.


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