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Shirley Collins reads from new memoir at Hackney's Sutton House

On 10 May, Collins will read from All In The Downs and speak to The Wire's Frances Morgan

On 10 May former Wire cover star and folklorist Shirley Collins will be at Sutton House in London reading from her new memoir All In The Downs: Reflections On Life, Landscape And Song. Published by Strange Attractor Press, the book combines memoir – her working class origins in Hastings, the 1950s folk revival in London, travelling the US with Alan Lomax, recording with her sister Dolly, and her withdrawal from the spotlight – with reflections on traditional music and the English landscape, and how they've shaped her music.

Collins, who was awarded an MBE in 2007, is the president of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. She was recently the subject of a documentary film The Ballad Of Shirley Collins. The reading will also feature Collins in conversation with The Wire's Frances Morgan, and is £7 entry.

All In The Downs: Reflections On Life, Landscape And Song is available to buy via The Wire bookshop.