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In 1999, Katrina and Northumbrian piper Chris Ormston were commissioned by IRON Press to write new words and music to be performed at the launch of ‘The Northumborman’, the collected poems of Fred Reed. The result was Chris’s melody ‘Mind Yor Language’ – music in dialogue with speech – and a 237 line poem in the language of the north Northumbrian fishing community, which moves as close to music as words can. The book and CD were issued in collaboration with the Northumbrian Language Society and are available from the publishers here:

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