THURSDAY STREET by Michael Hill, Kevin Kirwan, Francis Upritchard and Sam Venables
148 x 210mm, 20 pages with half-size cover, folded 400x277 mm in cellophane stickered sleeve, folded 400x277mm risograph poster printed by Studio Or, and 105 x 148 mm postcard. 2017.
It is not easy to cross from your world into this, but there are places where they touch...Wasteland and boundaries - places that are neither one thing nor the other. These are the gates of Elidor." Alan Garner’s 1962 lost radio play (and later children’s novel), Elidor, tells the story of a group of young siblings who experience a transcendent awakening through a journey into an alternate realm. They travel from the post-industrial city ruins of their home into a mystical land, which is also bleak and seemingly beyond revival. A ragged musician’s hypnotic song lures the children away from their familiar surroundings, and implores them to re-enact an ancient rite in order to purge the corruption that has taken hold of the land.
Thursday Street revisits the narrative of Elidor with photographs of boundary crossings and self-realisation by Kevin Kirwan, interspersed with drawings of ordinary objects transformed into ritual instruments by Francis Upritchard. Sam Venables' hand-painted text and marbling are overlaid on a map of the area from which the children in Elidor are transported to a distant land, and Michael Hill's essay explores the connections with this story and the otherworldly awakenings in the margins of the Smiths' music.