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Shifting Lines

‘Hurry now you bright-eyed dark-throated / chanters of the Cley.’ – Mona Arshi

Following on from the site-specific sound installation at Cley Wildlife Reserve, Shifting Lines will be exhibited as part of Norwich Science Festival.

You can also take the work out onto the marsh at Cley on your mobile or listen from home at

The shifting nature of the North Norfolk coast is evoked through the subtle choreography of voice, natural sounds, video, photography and sensor data in this new multimedia poetry collection by Mona Arshi.

Inspired by and recorded at the stunning scenery of Cley Wildlife Reserve, Arshi draws on the ancient Arabic poetry form of ghazal, combined with cutting edge audio techniques from sound artist Peter Cusack and beautiful imagery from Norfolk-based photographer Matthew Usher, to conjure this vibrant and elemental landscape.

Birdsong, wind in the reeds and distant waves entwine with the poet’s voice to create a polyphonic immersive experience – as if the poems are rising out of the shoreline itself.

During your visit to the installation at Cley Wildlife Reserve, you can also try the ‘field audio’ version of the work on your own phone, allowing you to listen to poems out in the spaces which inspired the writer.

Experience the site-specific sound installation at Cley Wildlife Reserve. Photo credit: Matthew Usher


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Your feedback will help us make improvements and continue to offer this programme to the general public for free.


Mona Arshi


Dr Jos Smith

UEA Lead

Peter Cusack

Field Recording

Sandy Nuttgens

Sound Engineering

Matthew Usher

Photography and Video

Simon Poulter

Sound Installation

Sophie Mellor

Software Development

David Fieldhouse

Cley Community Engagement Officer

Tim Wright

Executive Producer

Sasha Bergstrom-Katz

CHASE Researcher & Web Editor

Venue Partners

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Norfolk Wildlife Trust is the oldest and one of the largest of 46 wildlife trusts in the UK. Our principal objects are to advance the conservation of wildlife and wild places in Norfolk for public benefit and to advance the education of the public in the principles and practices of sustainable development. NWT is responsible for over 50 nature reserves and helps advise on 1300 other protected sites. NWT’s flagship nature reserve at Cley Marshes was acquired in 1926 and today is regarded by Sir David Attenborough as one of his top 10 sites for wildlife.

Norwich Science Festival

Norwich Science Festival is your chance to explore the wonders of the universe, meet the scientists whose research has changed our world and debate big questions with big-thinkers, with inspirational exhibitions, sensational shows and an abundance of hands-on science activities for all ages and all levels of knowledge.