Shiver the Flowers Like Fear

Phil Begg

Shiver the Flowers Like Fear is a sound installation of spoken word, music and sound design framed around the wartime diaries of Gateshead author, playwright and social activist Ruth Dodds.

The piece offers insight into Dodds' experience of the First World War, from working twelve-hour shifts at Armstrong's munitions factory to finding solace in literature and the Northumbrian countryside. The installation aims to provide a fragmentary portrayal of the everyday struggle to come to terms with senseless, unthinkable circumstance, and the crucial efforts to maintain some semblance of everyday life on Tyneside in such turbulent times.


Phil Begg is a musician/composer from Newcastle, who since 2007 has predominantly recorded and performed under the moniker Hapsburg Braganza. He also oversees the genre-defying Tyneside big-band studio project 'Midnight Doctors' – with which he has worked with over 30 musicians to date. His music spans and bridges a range of styles including instrumental guitar pieces, electroacoustic composition and improvisation, scored works for instrumentalists, sound collage, ambient music and sound design. His work has been issued on several labels, including Newcastle's alt.vinyl, Belgium's Idiosyncratics and his own Ouroboros imprint. He has recently commenced a PhD at Newcastle University, and works as a producer/recording engineer.