Stations of The Lost [Audiobook]

by Chris Dooks

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Memory Brook 06:36


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Stations of The Lost is a story-cycle of six semi-fictional narratives written by artist and post-doctoral researcher Chris Dooks. The pieces take place across a constellation of locations in Portobello and environs.

It is part of Chris Dooks' trilogy of sound art works for Art Walk Porty 2016 and the Art Rail project funded by Scotrail.

An artist repairs the grave of someone he never knew.
Five streets converge as a starfish.
A building becomes a ship, then a necklace.
A cobbled street opens up as a portal to mammoths.
A railway bench dispenses facts about the universe.
An anagram of a street becomes a prophecy.

Designed to be read or heard in the locations, the works take the form of printed texts alongside a downloadable cluster of narrated stories, read by screenwriter and actor Colin McClaren.

Written during four weeks of artist-led research which culminated in dementia awareness week, these stories have a loose theme of confusion and insecurity and are (lighthearted) accounts of being lost, unsure or passing through changes. Taking place nearby railway lines, the stories find common direction and shared trajectories.

From August you can access the works at Portobello Library or online in written form, or by downloadable pdfs, streamable audio and audio to download to your smartphone / mp3 player to listen in situ. The works are funded by Scotrail’s ArtRail community project and have been managed by Art Walk Porty 2016.

With thanks to: ScotRail, Colin McClaren, Portobello Library, Portobello Older People’s Project, Rosy Naylor, Mary Hutchison, Murray Buchanan, Pippa Goldschmidt, Betsy Thom, Ron Moule.


released August 1, 2016

Written by Chris Dooks
Read by Colin McClaren
Edited by Mary Hutchison




Stations of The Lost Edinburgh, UK

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