'Hear Us O Lord From Heaven Thy Dwelling Place' is a two-year AHRC-funded project that brings together artists, musicians, academics, environmentalists and the public at sea between Liverpool and the Isle of Man to reflect on some short stories of Malcolm Lowry(1909-57) in relation to increased care for our oceans.
Through these podcasts, you will hear comment, new ideas, strange sounds, beach cleaning, poetry, children's voices and moments of calm as we all try to find a new audio language for thinking about the amount of plastic in our seas. Our podcasts are intentionally collaged to open up new spaces for shared thinking - see www.malcolmlowry.com for further information.
Some of the contributors you'll hear throughout the series include Alan Dunn, Helen Tookey, Bryan Biggs, The Art Doctors (Liz Stirling and Alison McIntyre), Cian Quayle, Rob Keith, Roger Cliffe-Thompson, Louise K. Wilson, Jessica van Horssen, Joey (aged 5), The Beach Buddies (Isle of Man), Olga Munroe, BAAD ACID, Michael Ridge, Band of Holy Joy / Bad Punk, Chris Watson and members of the public during the ferry crossings between Liverpool and Isle of Man.
Podcast number 8 reflects on some possible solutions. We chat with Dr Richard Selman, Head of Ecosystem Policy in the Environment Directorate of the Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. He talks us through the Island's Biosphere status, their issues with nurdles and the experimental TT Zero electric-motorbike race. We also hear about the challenges of course and the notion of hurdles to overcome, but with the majority of the 80,000 residents behind positive changes.