Growing up and living in the Fens, hares have always been a magical, illusive presence that contributes to the rich, dark mystery of what is a unique and often unsettling landscape. For me, the hare is a handsome beast glimpsed sitting in the stubble, alert to danger, or running swift as the wind across an open field.
My contribution, as writer for the Husk of Hares project, has been to encourage other people to explore and record their feelings about the Fens, and the hare in particular, through group workshops, using both landscape and animal as a vehicle and focus to explore their own creative voice.
The soundscapes which accompany the exhibition comprise of extracts from the work created and read by the workshop participants, along with shorter segments mixed with ambient Fenland sounds, and a recitation of “The Names of the Hare”, an anonymous Middle English poem.
Sue has written more than 20 novels and was the creator of BBC Norfolk’s first audio drama, in 2007, Little Bexham.