Dunstanburgh Castle

A Secret As Old As The Stones

No road leads to Dunstanburgh, the beautiful and dramatic castle on the coast of Northumberland.

But over the last year the poet Katrina Porteous has visited again and again, recording its sounds for this poem about the castle.

It draws on local myth, of a girl trapped in a rock and the Seeker who must search for her, on the memory of raids by Scots across the border, and on the ideal of good lordship.

It is performed by the poet, the Geordie actor Trevor Fox, recorded in the castle, and the children of Seahouses First School.

Using chants, dialect and the layering of language, as well as thousands of kittiwakes, the waves, the wind and raindrops - the sounds of Dunstanburgh itself - it tells the secret history of the castle.

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2004020920041007

A Secret As Old As The Stones

No road leads to Dunstanburgh, the beautiful and dramatic castle on the coast of Northumberland.

But over the last year the poet Katrina Porteous has visited again and again, recording its sounds for this poem about the castle.

It draws on local myth, of a girl trapped in a rock and the Seeker who must search for her, on the memory of raids by Scots across the border, and on the ideal of good lordship.

It is performed by the poet, the Geordie actor Trevor Fox, recorded in the castle, and the children of Seahouses First School.

Using chants, dialect and the layering of language, as well as thousands of kittiwakes, the waves, the wind and raindrops - the sounds of Dunstanburgh itself - it tells the secret history of the castle.

20041007

A Secret as Old as the Stones

At the end of National Poetry Day Radio 4 repeats this radio poem by Katrina Porteous.

No road leads to Dunstanburgh, the beautiful and dramatic castle on the coast of Northumberland. But last year Katrina Porteous visited again and again recording its sounds for her poem about the castle. It draws on local myth, of a child trapped in a rock and the Seeker who must search for her, on the memory of raids by Scots across the border, and on the ideal of good lordship.

It is performed by the poet, the actor Trevor Fox and the children of Seahouses First School. Recorded in the castle, it uses chants, dialect and the layering of language. With the sounds of Dunstanburgh itself - the waves, the wind, the grass, thousands of kittiwakes, some larks and a solitary wren- it tells the secret history of the castle.

A Secret As Old As The Stones2004020920041007

No road leads to Dunstanburgh, the beautiful and dramatic castle on the coast of Northumberland.

But over the last year the poet Katrina Porteous has visited again and again, recording its sounds for this poem about the castle.

It draws on local myth, of a girl trapped in a rock and the Seeker who must search for her, on the memory of raids by Scots across the border, and on the ideal of good lordship.

It is performed by the poet, the Geordie actor Trevor Fox, recorded in the castle, and the children of Seahouses First School.

Using chants, dialect and the layering of language, as well as thousands of kittiwakes, the waves, the wind and raindrops - the sounds of Dunstanburgh itself - it tells the secret history of the castle.