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The Interdisciplinary Work of Lyss England

August 3 LIVE on Northumberland 89.7 FM Small Town Radio!
LISTEN HERE for the podcast version. 

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Hear my chat with the incredible Kim Doolittle!!

We chat about :
– Writing and performing music
– Her newest album “Into the Blue
– Being a long-term pillar of the music community for 40+ years
– Being a chick singer
– The housing crisis in Northumberland County

AND!!!! She played a song live on air!!!

Featured Tunes:

Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos Del Junco
Abby Zotz
Al Kirby and Jim Yates.

 

 

I was laying in the grass
and I saw one single bird
fly across my line of sight
wings outstretched
sunlight glaring off it’s feathers
which were black
like my hair
spread around me like a halo
weaving through blades of grass
while the bird weaved
through the tree line
shrieking at the barn cat
things were simple.

Once,
I felt part
of something
but
I didn’t feel
part of myself
just part of
outside of me
body lost below me
untouchable
except to anyone else
no room
left for me.

So I’ll just be grateful for birds (for now)
ones with wings that blend
into the night sky
of the new moon
ones that exist
simultaneously with the clouds
the trees even
the lake
when they need/want it,

something like
the opposite of dissociating
something like
the opposite of this
jaw-clenching reality
this existence I’ve tried
to  opt out of
until now.

Check out my conversation with Adilson Jacobs!
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We talk about WWOOFING at Fifth Wind Farm, picking up guitar and developing songwriting and recording skills during his travels, and all the unreal experiences that have got him where he is.

I’m also proud to announce that we’ll be playing a recording of one of Adilson’s original songs for the very first time!

Don’t miss it, this guy has quite the story.

Featured Tunes:

wish you were gay by Billie Eilish
Lip Service by Natalie Sweet
Hope by Adilson
Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode

Check out my conversation with Sarah Kennedy of Lakeview Doggy Daycare and Boarding!

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We talk about:
– Sarah’s love for dogs and her daily tasks at the kennel
– How Sarah got to a place where she owns her own business
– Sarah’s other random skills (she’s a costumer!!)
– What Sarah needs from her clients to make for the best experience for everyone (especially their pups!)
– An update on the renovations currently happening at the kennel
– Why Lakeview doesn’t discriminate against breeds or use cages
PMDD, self-diagnosis, and barriers to talking about and treating women’s health
– Sarah’s volunteer work with Take Back the Night: Port Hope
and more!

Featured Tunes by:
Wayne Kennedy
Avem
Backyard Riot
Deviants and the Odd Man Out

Give yourself time
even when your people are
impatient.

When they’re used to you either
saving the day
or falling apart
(appearances only)
those are the times,
4am,
waking like you just
ran some sort of marathon,
when you hold yourself
and you reach out
still breathing hard,
to do everything you ever dreamed of

not to prove them wrong
but because it’s your
still-ugly truth.

 

Check out my conversation with Jeff Wheeldon! (And check out conversation from last year here!)

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My mom always told me never to talk to my friends about politics or religion, but those are things Jeff and I are both super into SO here goes… don’t miss it!

Featured Tunes:

Don’t Go Near the Water by Beach Boys
Watch It Die by Bad Religion
The Eco Terrorist in Me by Rise Against
Natural Disasters by Propagandhi 

When I was a little girl,
I lived in a house with a big garden
that gently sloped into a ravine.
Across the water, lived a willow tree
and when my brother and I
followed the stream against the current,
it lead to an open field full of
huge rocks- islands to our childminds
and we swore the water there was magic.

When mom got sick,
I used to walk up stream to
sit, skinny legs folded up against my chest,
smoke cigarettes, let the stream that
has held me my entire life
hold me then

I questioned a lot then, but never that the water
was magic.

And when she died,
I planted a tree beside her grave
one with purple flowers
like the ones in her garden
like the ones on the kitchen table
passed down from her mother to her
the ones that died when she did

because I’ve never been great with houseplants
but I know a few things about putting down roots.

When I grew up to experience
the first bookend loss,
I drove to Lake Ontario
just like she would have done
and scoured the shore
for a jar full of lake glass
and with my own hope for comfort,
the kind I’ve always felt
rooted in water,
I almost forgot to listen
to the messages she sent through the lake-

Something about collecting and purging
what fills her without any control of her own.

So when the second bookend loss came,
it was waterless winter ice
and it’s taken until spring to thaw
and I can’t help but think that maybe

if I stop

listen

connect

my body

I
motherless child
I
childless mother

might find that I can
simultaneously be
mother-child
to the elements that have held me my whole life
and maybe by feeling held,
I can hold her too.

Check out my conversation with David Newland (deemed “quality radio” by closet radio producer, Meghan Sheffield)!

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We talk about:

  • His new album, Northbound
  • His work with Adventure Canada
  • Making Northumberland County home
  • Reconsidering the way we, as settlers, approach truth and reconciliation

and more!

Don’t miss David’s upcoming show in Cobourg!! Click here for details!

Featured Tunes by:
Kim Doolittle
Cale Crowe
Kyler Tapscott
David Newland

Check out my conversation with director, Carol, and actor, Justine, to hear all about The Drowning Girls, which opens this weekend!

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“Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to George Joseph Smith and they are dead.

Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband, reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.

The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters and lyrical language: thought provoking, suspenseful and gripping theatre.

Winner of the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play.”

Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg.

May 24, 25, 31, June 1, 6, 7, 8, 2019, at 8:00 pm

May 26, June 2, 9, 2019, at 2:00 pm

Tickets $22 (+ handling)

Call 905-372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210 or purchase online at www.concerthallatvictoriahall.com