A new composition by Steve Wickham for a four piece ensemble of piano, wind and strings, 'The Poetry of Place' was a Bealtaine Festival Sligo 2013 music performance commissioned by the Hawk’s Well Theatre and Sligo Arts Service and funded by Sligo County Council, Sligo Borough Council and the Arts Council of Ireland.
Music, like poetry, can spring from a place of silence and stillness. The music for 'The Poetry of Place' is a distillation, an essence, of the places and the people Wickham visited during workshops around the county of Sligo. Contributors to this new musical piece included Ballymote Nursing Unit, Ballinfull Health Centre, Ballintogher Active Age, Cliffoney Health Centre, Gurteen Active Age, MCR Active Age, Nazareth House Care Village and St. John's Community Hospital. Using melodies discovered by these groups and poetry that evolved over their time together, Wickham created a new composition comprising of musical and spoken word pieces that reflected on the idea of the poetry of place.
'The Poetry of Place' was performed by Steve Wickham, Anna Houston, Kieran Quinn & Cathal Roche. It was a free event with performances taking place at Nazareth House Care Village, Hawk’s Well Theatre and Coleman Traditional Irish Music Centre.
An exhibition of work by photographer James Fraher of captured moments taken during the Bealtaine commission workshops was exhibited in the foyer of in the theatre throughout May 2013.