Sophie Austin
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  • Role: Writer, Producer
  • Commissioners: Metal, London Brough of Bexley
  • Festival: Estuary 2021 Festival
  • Year: 2021
  • Synopsis:  Lore of the Wild is an audio storywalk for Lesnes Abbey Woods co-created by Bernadette Russell and Sophie Austin commissioned through a partnership between Metal and London Borough of Bexley for Estuary 2021.
  • Lore of the Wild will invite you to hear tall tales and true stories; songs and sounds from the human and non-human inhabitants of Lesnes, as you walk through this ancient woodland. The many experts including people, birds, squirrels, insects, streams and the wind itself will weave together a tapestry of tales which connects the river and the woods to the whole world and beyond. Audiences will be guided by a beautifully designed and illustrated map. All participants will be encouraged to send a postcard to someone they know, to share their experience and pass some of the stories on.
    Artist-led, guided walks are planned for May Bank Holiday weekend, with the audio work installed as a long-term feature of the woods after the festival has finished.
  • Creators: Bernadette Russell and Sophie Austin
    Sound Designer: Hannah Marshall
    Illustrator: Melanie Smith