Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh will be supporting anti-war charity campaign NION (Not In Our Name) by recording two poignant poems for its new CD. NION founder, Caroline Kennedy, who is a well-know anti-war activist, aims to add a human voice to the true tragedy caused by war through the recordings. Due to be released in time for Christmas, the NION CD is comprised of a number of touching poems read by surviving family members of service men and women who have tragically lost their lives in the UK’s war efforts.
On the 12th November, former Coronation Street star Julie will be recording poems ‘Bombs Over Basra’ by Tom Laimer Read and ‘The Mock Inquisitor (Will You Walk a Little Faster)’ by Ray Souter at The Voiceover Gallery, Manchester.
Joining Julie in the studio will be surviving relative Craig Brierley, whose brother Shaun was killed whilst on duty in Iraq in 2003. Craig will be reading the touching Eulogy/Poem that was penned by his father, Peter Brierley, for Shaun’s funeral back in 2003.
John Hebden, Marketing Director at The Voiceover Gallery, said: “We’re delighted to have the likes of Craig and Julie joining us in the studio. It’s a real privilege to be able to help with a project like this, one which is so personal and yet relates to so many people.”
“We’ll also have the very talented actress Maxine Peake in the studio to record Heathcote William’s heart-breaking poem ‘Iraqi Child’ prior to Craig and Julie’s session on the 12th.”
For more information visit the charity website www.notinournamecd.co.uk