Places We Call Home
The Copy Room is an innovative mix of spoken word microfiction and folk music created by writer Amy Mackelden and banjo maestro Dan Walsh. Initially commissioned by the Sage Gateshead and New Writing North to collaborate, the duo have since received Arts Council funding to develop the piece for performance at Durham Book Festival 2010, where they were the support act for Simon Armitage. 'Places we call home' poses questions about relationships online and off, about the power of social networking, and how a musician can interact with their audience. The dual narratives, told through song and spoken word, interlink, hinting at a relationship. Described as "A powerful collaboration with real potential" by Alistair Anderson and "A wonderful juxtaposition of contemporary writing and amazing musicianship" by Festival Director Claire Malcolm, The Copy Room are a modern take on the spoken word music genre, being completely unique in their pairing of microfiction with folk music. Lauded as the finest banjo player in Britain by Janice Long and Simon Mayo from BBC Radio as well as by Hayseed Dixie's Don Wayne Reno, Walsh has performed throughout the UK at festivals, theatres and countless other venues and has a critically acclaimed solo album 'Tomorrow's Still To Come'. Mackelden has had stories published by Leaf Books and Cinnamon Press, and performed her work at BBC3's Free Thinking Festival 2010 at The Sage Gateshead.