As millions of people look for other means of social interaction and entertainment, The Libertines frontman Carl Barât launches online series to help people self-isolating.
Inspired by the BBC Children’s television series Jackanory, Barât’s new series will mix the style of its nostalgic muse and the mythical creature’s deep ocean home. The online show will feature a guest narrator each week across art, music, TV and film reading some of literature’s finest maritime classics.
The legion of shadowy storytellers will be reading legendary passages from classics such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, striking fear into even the most intrepid of viewers.
“We’re living in strange, uncertain times, and until we return to normality, we need to find interesting, ways to keep ourselves amused,” Barât said. “And if listening to my dulcet tones reading from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea helps you escape, even for 25 minutes or so, then pull up a pew, make yourself a cocktail and embark on a voyage into the unknown.”
The series, which is in collaboration with Kraken, kicks off this Friday 27 March and sees Barât reading from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The series, dubbed ‘Krakenory’, will see a new episode released weekly.
See the first effort, below.