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Double collaborations!

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I’m delighted that two of my poems, both written as collaborations with the Worcestershire Poetry Stanza have been displayed both locally and on the internet.

My poem, A room of their own, was inspired by the Ladies’ Blue Sitting room at Hanbury Hall and is currently on their website along with other stanza poems: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/home/view-page/item964855/251680/

The poems were also dipslayed as an art and poetry project at Hanbury Hall.

A room of their own

A second poem, The Merchant’s House, is currently on display at Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Nr Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, as part of their poetry trail, of poems written by Stanza members inspired by the various buildings. The Medieval Town House was my first inspiration, and on researching I discovered it was likely to have been owned my a Merchant who earnt his fortune in the dyeing industry. The trail runs until January 2013.

The Merchant’s House

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…and now for part two:

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July saw the mayhem of the start of the school holidays, and the first of three trips to Polesworth Abbey in Tamworth, I was due to lead a poetry workshop there in early-August based around the archaeological dig which was taking place on site.  My first visit was a research day where I met both Mal Dewhirst who was co-ordinating the Dig the Poetry events and Father Philip who was the Vicar at St Editha, and very enthusiastic about the Abbey and the Dig.  I was fortunate to be on site when sixteen medieval floortiles were discovered in-situ, they were a stunning discovery and I watched as they were carefully unearthed.

Medieval floortiles @ Polesworth Abbey, Tamworth

My workshop was early-August and was called All to often we see only with our eyes, in which I wanted to explore the senses other than sight, this included asking people to touch the earth and “look” at their surroundings using touch, sound, smell etc.

Dig the Abbey

I returned to Polesworth Abbey in early-September as part of their heritage day to celebrate both the Abbey and end of the Archaeological Dig. There was a site tour, followed by poetry read by the guest poets and poets who took part in the series of workshops, including Mal Dewhirst, Maeve Clark, Jo Bell, Gary Carr, David Calcutt and Gary Longden. There were also displays of the poetry and artwork in the refectory.

The Poetry Display


Some of the poems written by poets who attended my workshop.


A closer-up view:

It was a wonderful afternoon with good weather and good poetry in a stunning setting.

So much to say…part one:

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It’s been a while since my last blog, but it has been a creatively (and children) filled summer…

June saw the second Worcestershire Literary Festical, with eleven days of literary events. I ran a family-friendly poetry/writing workshop which took place in Worcester Country Park, and yes, trees were very much involved. The next literary festival takes place from June 14th to June 23rd 2013. More information can be found via their website: http://www.worcslitfest.com

I also co-ran a music and poetry workshop in June with the very talented Deborah Rose (www.deborahrose.co.uk) at the Cob House, Wichenford. Children were invited to draw something that inspired them, then wrote a poem, which was then set to music by Deb. My daughter, Lissy, took part, and drew a bat. Here’s a link to her poem, set to music with her artwork: