Sadie Harrison in the Shoe Factory

Posted on December 2nd, 2012 by

Sadie Harrison in the Shoe Factory

Sadie Harrison-‘Sheppard’s Meadow’ (26th November 2012) Recorded in the ‘Shoe Factory’ Nikosia, Cyprus. 28th November 2012

This is the latest piece in Sadie Harrison’s ongoing series ‘Gallery’. It was written in response to a walk that I took from Epping to Wapping on the 19th November. In a note that I posted about one of my ‘walking sketches’ I noted:

…and it turns out that I had just tramped over a lovely corner of the forest (which was given to the people of London by Q Victoria in 1881) named for my grandfather-‘Sheppard’s Meadow’

This was Sadie’s lovely answer. Oddly, I can hear something of my late ‘Papa’, as I called my Grandfather, Sam Sheppard, it what she describes (in the performance instruction) as it’s ‘nostalgic whimsy’. Here it is, recorded in the Shoe Factory, on the 28th November.

pushing through a brake of ferns not far from the lost Fairmead Lodge, an owl bursts from beneath my feet (echoes of other walkers around here-John Clare, de Stael, Viotti all around)