Commisioned by Hull Jazz Festival and performed by Vicky & Broken Orchestra in their Autumn 2019 edition to a full house at Hull Truck's studio theatre, Home is a blend of Vicky's storytelling poetry, and Broken Orchestra's chilled trip-hop tunes.
Home has many meanings, especially in a place of transition, like Hull. The Broken Orchestra and poet Vicky Foster take a look at our hometown through different sets of eyes, blending live trip-hop and spoken word.
Vicky was asked by Creative Briefs to come and work with a group of young people to create poems and stories for a street book. These were combined with artworks, QR codes and soundscapes and are scattered across the city, together telling people about the ups and downs of having dyslexia.
An arts company which uses the power of creativity to improve the life chances of children with specific educational needs has been selected to receive an award from the Chamber through its Chamber Culture Fund.
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Ships In The Sky
Vicky has worked with Ships In The Sky over the course of 2019, chatting, attending events and listening to amazing interviews and stories from members of the public that create a social history of an iconic building in Hull. She has written the first few in a series of commissioned poems that will form part of the ongoing arts project.
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Fair Winds & Following Seas
Vicky worked with Broken Orchestra, commissioned by Freedom Festival Hull and the BBC, to combine details of geographical locations along with a sense of place and meaning. The resulting poems and soundscape were combined in an app that led people along the winding course of the River Hull and hundreds of people turned up at Scale Lane Bridge to walk and listen and absorb their surroundings. The event was held as part of Freedom Festival 2019, and then again for Contains Strong Language 2019. Vicky and Broken Orchestra also featured on The Verb, live from Hull, performing excerpts and chatting about the project
Bathwater is Vicky's first full-length play, performed by herself and Finlay McGuigan with a sound score by Broken Orchestra, it was funded by Arts Council England and the BBC. They performed a scratch version of the show at Contains Strong Language 2018, to a packed out theatre at Hull College, then recorded the show for broadcast as the afternoon play on Radio 4 in March 2019. It is currently shortlisted for The Imison Award at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020, and is available in print from Wrecking Ball Press.
Water has wound its way into the heart of this project in the Derringham district of Hull. Vicky has been working with the local community to hear their stories and shape the project. Expect to see some watery tales in the coming months...
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I Wish To Communicate With You
The arts project in Hull, of the same name, was a feature of a Radio 4 show in 2017, and Vicky was asked by the show's producer to write a poem that captured the project. Listen to the whole thing here:
Vicky was asked by Look North to write and perform a poem for NHS 70 that was broadcast on TV as part of Look North's celebrations in 2018. Watch here:
Women Of Words
Vicky was the founder, organiser and host of Hull collective event Women of Words from 2016 to 2019. The event is now in the capable hands of the rest of the all-female collective, and is still packing out monthly events at Hull's Central Library.
Apples & Snakes
Works commissioned by Apples and Snakes on the theme of women's suffrage included a number of poems by Women of Words, and Vicky focussed on Dr Mary Murdoch, a legendary woman from Hull. Listen to the whole series here:
Apples and Snakes: Assembly celebrates the centenary of the first wave of women’s suffrage. Featuring Stockton-based women’s writing group Tees Women Poets, Hull-based collective Women of Words, and Sheffield-based collective Verse Matters, alongside Apples and Snakes’ North Producer Kirsten Luckins.
Vicky is currently in the middle of her second year-long residency at Malet Lambert school, as part of First Story's amazing programme that teams professional writers with groups of school students to create work that is published in an anthology at the end of the year.
Queens of the North
As part of Women of Words, Vicky Foster worked under the artistic direction of Kate Fox, to create a show called Queens of the North, that captured the voices and stories of the women of Hull. It sold out at Kardomah94, and got amazing feedback. Learn about that show here:
Women of Words is a collective and monthly event for female performers of spoken word, prose, song and drama. Hull '17 poet Kate Fox has partnered with the project as part of the City of Culture ...
You Are Not Alone, Headstart Hull
Vicky was asked by Headstart Hull to work with a group of young people there, on the project they'd created, to write poems on the theme of suicide prevention that would be broadcast on speakers along the Humber Bridge. These amazing young people were the driving force behind making the project a huge success, and after being placed at Humber Bridge the poems moved onto other locations in Hull and are due to be published in book form very soon.
Tapping, Broken Orchestra
Vicky featured on a track on Broken Orchestra's latest album, Pathways, writing and performing lyrics for Tapping. It has had plays on various BBC Introducing shows and on Radio 6 Music. Listen here:
Contains Strong Language
Vicky was lucky enough to be asked by the BBC to be part of Contains Strong Language, their massive poetry and spoken word festival in Hull, in 2017 and 2018.