.​.​.​everyone is a child of the inbetween​.​.​.

by Matthew Whiteside



The piece is a development of conversations between Matthew and Helene around concepts of belonging, border and nationalism.

Premièred at The Night With... Turning the Elements in the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. 8th October 2018. Commissioned with support from the RVW Trust, Hope Scot Trust and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland's Open Project fund.


and so welcome
and so welcome
and so by being here

i forgot
forgot how to speak
your language broke me

whatever else you do.
you paid for this too

do or didn’t speak geography.
and so had no way
to start again.

there’s a kindness in containment also
the arbitrary ways
and so

after someone asked me where i was from
and because i had no way
with lines in the sand

everyone is a child of the in-between
these days
and so
you can’t enter here without speaking.

i lost my voice.
but everyone is a child
of the inbetween these days.

there is kindness in containment also
the lines in the sand
the arbitrary ways we keep
and so
where can we meet?

where one speech meets another
i forgot

you have paid for this too
and so welcome to
the lines in the sand

where one speech meets another
and you’re a child
kindness in

people in
our out
of the inbetween
and you paid for this too.
the arbitrary ways
where one speech meets another
on these days
of the inbetween


released December 3, 2018
Composer - Matthew Whiteside
Words - Helene Grøn
Soprano - Frances Cooper
Clarinet - Joanna Nicholson


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Matthew Whiteside Glasgow, UK

Matthew Whiteside is a composer and concert producer based in Glasgow, ‘One to Watch’ in the Herald’s Culture Awards and winner of the Light Moves Innovative Use of Sound Award for his work Entangled.

Recent work includs Little Black Lies commissioned by Scottish Opera, with libretto by Helene Grøn; Entangled, commissioned by the Institute of Physics; and developing VR work with Marisa Zanotti.
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