The Fields of War is a themed performance incorporating poetry film, original music, historic photographs, memoir and diary extracts as well as wide-ranging original poetry. Poets Chrys Salt and Brian Johnstone come to the SPL on Saturday 7 September, 3pm (£5) to perform Fields of War. Tickets are available here.
Ahead of the event, Brian Johnstone took time to talk about Fields of War and to read a poem from the event.
*Apologies to Chrys Salt who was recorded speaking about the event too; sadly, something went wrong with the recording and only Brian’s voice was picked up on the recording.
From a review on Dundee University Review of the Arts:
‘We won the Second World War. We liberated Iraq and Afghanistan. Such groupings have no place in Johnstone and Salt’s performance. They construct their category. Its people are those betrayed by “duty”, its places the deserter’s hideout or bomb-blasted house. In these are found individual conflicts of emotions, and collective tensions between family, community, and nation. The Fields of War comprise a site for their expression. Whether long-buried, raw, or mediated by experience, Johnstone and Salt deliver these emotions alive.’