• Missorts, 2012. Photo: Max McClure
  • Missorts by Tony White

‘it is an intriguing adventure in the relationship between technology, art and the city. Guided by sounds, the city became a canvas for an alternative experience.’ 
New Statesman


MISSORTS by Tony White is an immersive soundwork created for the Redcliffe area of Bristol that combines music and spoken word. The work features ten original and interconnected short stories by Sara Bowler, Holly Corfield Carr, Thomas Darby, Jack Ewing, Katrina Plumb, Jess Rotas, Hannah Still, Helen Thornhill, Isabel de Vasconcellos and Sacha Waldron, written during a series of experimental writing workshops led by White at Bristol Records Office and on location in Redcliffe, Bristol, during 2012.

The stories unfold between Bristol Temple Meads and Redcliffe Bridge, near Thomas Chatterton’s birthplace and St Mary Redcliffe, and are accompanied by the Portwall Preludes, a series of striking new musical works specially composed by Jamie Telford for St Mary Redcliffe’s Harrison and Harrison church organ in what was its centenary year.

Inspired by Bristol’s radical literary heritage, Missorts reflects the past and present of the Redcliffe area of the city and the diversity of writings, objects and architecture that are found there.

Missorts was originally designed as a smartphone app, a continuous soundwork that activated automatically in the Redcliffe area of Bristol, and could not be accessed anywhere else. As the listener walked around Redcliffe, stories would be encountered, triggered by GPS in the locations where they were set, the overall experience shaped and edited by the listener’s own route through the project. Stories and music can be listened to in any order. In this new browser-based archive version of the project, the location-specific aspect of Missorts is lost, but the stories – and Telford’s Portwall Preludes – can now be listened to anywhere as individual tracks, without the need to download a special app.

Listen to the stories here.

Conceived and directed by writer and novelist Tony White and commissioned by award-winning Bristol-based arts producers, Situations, the stories are accompanied by a striking new musical score specially commissioned from composer Jamie Telford (former keyboard player to The Jam) for St Mary Redcliffe church’s Harrison and Harrison organ in its centenary year.


An accompanying novella by Tony White entitled Missorts: Volume Two accompanies the soundwork and can be downloaded as a free e-book to read on your own device. The complete soundwork is only available to experience in the Redcliffe / Portwall area of Bristol, however mp3s of Jamie Telford’s Portwall Preludes and an extended remix of selected stories by Beaty Heart will be available for free download anywhere.

Tony White

Tony White is best known for his novel Foxy-T, published by Faber and Faber, which has been called, ‘one of the best London novels you’ll ever get to read.’ Tony’s latest book is Dicky Star and the garden rule (Forma), a specially commissioned novella published to accompany a series of works by the artists Jane and Louise Wilson reflecting upon the Chernobyl disaster. Other works include Charlieunclenorfolktango(Codex), the non-fiction work Another Fool in the Balkans (Cadogan), and numerous short stories published in journals, collections, exhibition catalogues and a variety of special editions. He co-edited the fiction anthology Croatian Nights (Serpent’s Tail) and edited the Brit-pulp collection (Sceptre). He has been writer in residence at the Science Museum, London, and Leverhulme Trust writer in residence at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Tony White has given hundreds of readings from his novels and short stories in the UK and internationally at venues ranging from the National Portrait Gallery, London to the Glastonbury festival. Tony White collaborated with Blast Theory to write Ivy4evr, an SMS-based, interactive drama for young people broadcast by Channel 4 in October 2010 and nominated for a BIMA award in 2011 by the British Interactive Media Association. Tony has edited and published the artists’ book imprint Piece of Paper Press since 1994 and is currently chair of London’s award-winning arts radio station Resonance 104.4fm. 

Jamie Telford

Jamie Telford has a career steeped in all forms of music-making. He has recorded and toured with The Jam and a host of other bands of all shapes and sizes, and composed music for advertising, film and the theatre, including for Yuri Lyubimov’s Leicester Haymarket global tour of Hamlet. A trained architect before turning his talents to contemporary classical music, Jamie completed studies in music at Brunel University. His compositions have premiered at Guildford and Huddersfield Festivals, being performed by orchestras and ensembles including Southbank Sinfonia, Duodort, Piano Circus and the Langholm Pipe Brass and Flute Bands. Jamie Telford has written music for his hometown in the Scottish Borders, where he still performs every year with local flute and bagpipe bands. Jamie grew up playing the church organ in his home town of Canonbie, Scotland – an organ that his father helped to build. Jamie Telford is currently touring and recording as part of the act “My Glass World.”

Missorts Stories

By Sara Bowler, Holly Corfield-Carr, Thomas Darby, Jack Ewing, Katrina Plumb, Jess Rotas, Hannah Still, Helen Thornhill, Isabel de Vasconcellos and Sacha Waldron.


Bryony Hannah (Cemetery Junction, Dead Boss, Call The Midwife) and Benjamin O’Mahony. 

Beaty Heart

Beaty Heart was formed in 2010 as a three-piece video art and music collective based in Peckham, South East London. Their innovative approach to music & performance has seen them work with Ron Arad, as part of his Curtain Call installation, The Roundhouse Choir and The Very Best’s Johan Hugo in collaborations that has won the band has praise & admiration from the music press tastemakers, including The Guardian, Clash, Planet Notion, NME and Time Out.

Funders and Supporters

Missorts has been funded by Bristol City Council as part of the Bristol Legible City initiative.

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