Starling Song Project


Liz Clark

A collaborative songwriting project with the elderly in health care settings.

In 2012 Liz was given the opportunity to write songs in hospital settings with groups of older patients along with her colleague, visual artist Tess Leak. Organised by the Arts For Health Partnership Programme, a Skibbereen based organisation, she was asked to collect the stories of participants from hospitals and turn them into song. The results were remarkable.

Liz visited five West Cork Hospitals and over time gained the confidence of some very vulnerable people and collected their stories together they wrote and sang their songs in hospitals and events across West Cork.

A CD titled ‘The Threshing Machine Made A Devilous Sound’ was recorded by Liz using the songs written in collaboration with these groups.

In the coming year Liz plans to collect her own experiences from the last couple of years and use her learnings to take these songwriting skills to other voiceless and remote communities, collect their stories and turn them in to song.

Related Articles:

Arts for health review link

Starling Song Project case study link

Starling Song Project Blog link

listen to ‘The Innisfallen’