Katrina Porteous and Alexis Bennett: Poetry & Music


Venue Great Hall

Running time 60 minutes

Artists Katrina Porteous, Alexis Bennett


£10 (50% off students & under 18s)

Next date 4th August 5:15 pm

Book online below

About this event

What better way to kick off our folk and poetry programme this week than the award winning poet, historian and broadcaster Katrina Porteous. Specialising on the theme of ‘nature’ in its widest sense, and ‘place’ in its deepest, Katrina is a particularly strong performer of her own work, collaborating with traditional and electronic musicians; today she’ll read from her recent work, together with folk fiddler Alexis Bennett.


Don’t miss our other folk events this week:
Contemporary folk with Emily Portman
Harbottle and Jonas sing of the sea
The legendary Alistair Anderson
Folk in the White Hart

As I Walked Out One Morning
The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band


Katrina Porteous was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and grew up in County Durham. She graduated from Trinity Hall Cambridge with a first in History in 1982, and studied at Berkeley and Harvard Universities in the USA on a Harkness Fellowship. She has lived on the Northumberland coast since 1987 and is best-known for her innovative radio-poetry, which has been described by BBC Senior Producer Julian May as ‘extending the boundaries of the genre’. Her most recent publication, Two Countries (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), was shortlisted for the Portico Prize and described as ‘one of the most distinctive and important collections of the year’ (Morning Star). Katrina is President of the Northumbrian Language Society and an ambassador for New Networks for Nature.


Folk fiddler Alexis Bennett has years of experience as a ceilidh caller, and has performed widely with early music ensembles, including the Dufay Collective, Florilegium and Horses Brawl, appearing at Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. He has performed live on In Tune and The Early Music Show (BBC Radio 3), Front Row  (BBC Radio 4), and Classic FM.

About our Summer Concerts

This concert is part of the Dartington International Summer School & Festival, a month-long musical celebration, encompassing shared music making, learning and listening.

Our extensive public concert series utilises a faculty of internationally renowned and emerging musicians to create a stunning cross-genre programme of over 100 concerts and events. Set against the backdrop of Dartington’s striking medieval Great Hall, the Summer School’s concert series presents the highest levels of performance in a carefully curated collection of classic works and “made for Dartington” exclusives. Full listings for the Summer School concert series can be found here.

If you are interested in taking part in one of Summer School’s music courses, you can find out further details here.

Food and drink

Head up to the Dartington estate early to enjoy our pre-concert food offerings. The Green Table café will be staying open late during the festival, plating up fresh and seasonal local food and drinks. Next to the Great Hall, The White Hart restaurant and bar will be serving a selection of food, along with a broad range of quality drinks and between concert nibbles.

Offer: Special rate for Dartington Members

Dartington Members will receive a 10% discount, applied when they log in during the checkout process. For more information about Membership, click here (opens in new tab).

Book now

Select a time below to begin your online booking. You can also contact our Box Office daily, 1–7pm.
Phone: 01803 847070 | boxoffice@dartington.org

Sunday 4th August

Visiting Dartington Hall

At our 1,200 acre estate, based in South Devon, there’s plenty to explore – from the natural beauty of the grounds, to our visitor attractions and year-round events programme. You can also make a stay of it with our historic hotel or campsite, and enjoy award-winning food and drink in our cafes and restaurants.

About us

Dartington is an old place with a new story.

The Dartington Experiment began in 1925 and was based on the idea that humans are many-sided – and how we need environments that encourage our whole being to flourish, in connection with nature and each other.

This idea is as true today is it ever was.