Expect cocktail, cakes, tea and tears at the launch of Life. Death. Whatever.
There'll be talks from the National Trust about commissioning a festival about death, an informative chat with Life. Death. Whatever. founders Louise Winter and Anna Lyons, an inspiring reading by poet Rebecca Goss and a performance from Akimbo Moonchild.
The LDW artists will be giving talks about their work around the house throughout the evening.
See the exhibition, play in the interactive Coffin Playroom, pay homage at the LDW grave and see the union jack hearse.
Enjoy cocktails from The Waiting Room - Sutton House's afterlife themed spirits await.
Louise Winter the co-founder of Life. Death. Whatever. She's a writer and the founder of Poetic Endings – a modern funeral service creating funerals of style and substance, relevance and meaning. She’s also the editor of the Good Funeral Guide.
Anna Lyons is the co-founder of Life. Death. Whatever. an end of life doula, helping those who are living with dying. Her experiences have shown her that people want and need to talk about dying, but they just don't know how. She's also a teacher and fine arts lecturer.
The pain of nursing and losing a sick baby inspired poet Rebecca Goss to write an inspiring reflection on life and death.
"Her plain, spare writing is proof that the specifics of individual impressions can connect with readers who may know nothing of the unhappiness and stress of dealing with a baby who has been diagnosed with a rare heart problem and then clutches on to life much longer than any doctor predicts."
Rebecca Goss's first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House), was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and The Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It was winner of the Poetry Category in The 2013 East Anglian Book Awards. In 2014 Rebecca was selected for The Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets.
Akimbo is a performance artist whose persona derives from a fascination with traditional Japanese and geisha culture. His performances often incorporate lipsync and mime and explore transformation or metamorphosis. Originally an actor from The Poor School of Acting in London he launched his character on the drag scene in Melbourne at the legendary 'Greyhound' in 2006. Since then his performances and characters have been booked at Ministry of Sound, Trade, Bistroteque, Noir Bizaare. He is a resident performer at Club Egg in London where he will be hosting on Saturday, 15 October.