Writers in Residence


We are delighted to announce writer and performer, MARCUS O’DAIR as the Inn Crowd and Kent Downs Writer in Residence 2018. Over the next three months, the writer, musician, broadcaster and lecturer will be taking up a unique residence in pubs in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Marcus will embark on an exciting new project to capture, through spoken word and music, his own reflections on the landscape by walking the Kent portion of the North Downs way and spending time in host pubs within the Kent Downs AONB including The White Lion, Selling. He will speak to local residents in the pubs, recording fragments of conversations, and will also engage with the wider local community to gather their feelings and responses to the local landscape and the importance of pubs in rural areas.

He will incorporate all these voices, and passages from relevant literary works into new musical and spoken word works, working with his long-term collaborator composer Andrew Phillips who was nominated for an Emmy in 2012 for his score for The Battle for Marjah(Wall to Wall / HBO), and scored the Oscar-nominated Watani: My Homeland (ITN) in 2016.

The project will culminate in a live performance that will be performed in each of the host pubs and toured to other pubs in the surrounding area later in the year.

Marcus O’Dair said ‘Grasscut are known for making music inspired by specific locations around the UK, and music that incorporates spoken word samples past and present. Increasingly, these themes are also feeding into my work as a writer – which is why this commission, a chance to combine a range of contemporary Kent voices with related literature and a bespoke soundscape, is so exciting.’

The partnership with Kent Downs to support this unique residency will allow us to build on the success of Inn Crowd – reaching into the heart of communities and using local voices and responses as a key part of the final performance piece. We are thrilled that Marcus is on board and look forward to seeing what he creates in response to this beautiful landscape!

For Kent Downs the residence will form part of a year of heritage focused events, activities and celebrations marking 50 years since the designation of the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the 40th anniversary of the opening of the North Downs Way National Trail.



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