Words in the woods

Well-wooded Words

The Grinlow Poetry Trail

18th and 19th July 2015

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most of the art doesn't need comment

most of the art doesn’t need comment

Running alongside the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail, we spilled words through the woods, threading poems between crocheted cups, very small peg-doll fairies, giant toadstools, occasional dinosaurs, paintings and people

 

There was something everywhere it seemed, under feet, over heads, ragged crows flying through the trees, a haiku shrubbery

 

We ran this first Poetry Trail separate from the Art and Storytelling Trail as we didn’t know if there would be enough interest in it to make a viable feature. There was. It did. It worked. Maybe next year we’ll knit the art, storytelling and DSCF3214poetry together even more closely. Most visitors didn’t separate one from the other and of course there were poems that were part of the art trail and storytellers who appeared in both….it’s too easy to ramble here so I’ll stop and paste in the Review of the Trail from the Festival Fringe below

 

And when you are feeling wildly inspired by all of this, you might like to get a copy of the Well-wooded words collection of poems. A modest £3.50 (includes P&P) from Stone and Water. Cheques to Stone and Water at 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ. Paypal is possible – drop us an email stoneandwater@btinternet.com and we’ll send you details

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green....

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green….

 

Grinlow Poetry Trail review

Derek1PTrailThe poetry trail was an enormous success. It was well attended with people taking a great interest in the poems as well as the art and the storytelling. It was enhanced greatly by the piano accordion player walking around and other musicians playing in the woods, which at first I heard from a distance. There was also a surprise performance of a choir at 1.30 pm singing four well known songs.

The art and poetry lived happily side by side. In one area there was a row of paintings showing mainly urban scenes each with a corresponding poem on the same subject. There was also a mushroom area with many poems about fairies not far away.

There was a great range of contributors, from people who wrote the occasional poem, to poets with more than a local reputation, through to the immortals like Shakespeare and Virgil.

The subjects included descriptions and feelings provoked by Grinlow Woods, works about the beauty and magic of woodlands, invitations to visit places nearby and poems about tragedies caused by drug-taking. Not all viewed nature as a source of joy. Some dwelt on less pleasant elements related to woodlands and nature such as trees fighting against the elements for survival.

One of my favourite sets of poems was written on large banners which were very eye-catching. The poems are about nature being in a constant state of flux and the poet’s thoughts became absorbed with the process. The poet tries to guess where the raindrops will fly and where they will rebound.

Another of my favourite poems dealt with a human relationship, making analogies with the progression of the seasons.

It all took place in a very beautiful environment with good weather which brought about much social interaction between the viewers.

Roger Horvath

Source: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2015spo.html

 

Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail review can be found here 

 

Summer events at Buxton Museum

Lively times at Buxton Museum

the excitements of Ice Age life: a visit from a wooly rhino!

the excitements of Ice Age life: a visit from a wooly rhino!

While these events aren’t being organised by Stone and Water, artists who lead our events are leading these ones so we thought you might like to join in!

 

All events

Venue:  Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DA

 Times: 10am – 12noon

Booking: no booking necessary, just turn up and join in – but allow 45 minutes for making things

Costs: free events, just bring yourself and a cheerful grown-up if you are 7 years old or less

 

 Ice Age Life

Wednesday 29th July

Mammoths-10Step back in time with artist and storyteller Gordon from Creeping Toad and make your own model of Peak District life in a colder age. Inspired by mammoths and sabre-tooths, cave lions and reindeer we’ll make pop-up landscapes and the animals and people who lived here 10,000 years ago

 

 

Peg People of the Peaks

Wednesday 12th August

From elegant Victorian ladies to medieval villains, Norman knights to Robin Hood, all sorts of people have visited the Peaks. Artist Sarah Males will help you make your own characters, real or imaginary, nice or nasty, from the history of the Peaks

 

Lost tales of the Peaks

Wednesday 19th August

using photos of local buildings and places that feature in local stories, Gordon the Toad will tell old stories and help us invent new ones. From murder mysteries to wild romances, treasure hunts and terrible ghosts, we’ll spin new stories out of the hills, dales and buildings of the Peaks

what treasures will help us tell our stories

what treasures will help us tell our stories

Well-wooded Words: a walk through the trees

Well-wooded Words

the Grinlow Poetry Trail

 July 18 and 19th 2015

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

 

This weekend Well-wooded Words will be up and out and hanging about in trees and bushes, on benches, on railings, on tongues and in thoughts as part of Buxton Festival Fringe.

On Saturday and Sunday both the Poetry Trail and the Art and Storytelling Trail will run through Grinlow Woods in Buxton Country Park. Both trails are free and various entertainments ar eplanned: storytellers, pets, artists and anyone else we can rally from our creative networks….

We invite to take a wander through the tall trees and mossy stones of the woods and enjoy our poems and the art of the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail

Getting there: Buxton Country Park, is on Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

Staffing the trails: there will be people on the Trails: probably in the Visitor Car Park both afternoons and certainly in the Dome at the top of the trail

Access: the paths through the wood can be a bit rough and steep in places. There are steps. There will be things to see around the Car Park (Project eARTh sculptures and more) and the cafe serves excellent cakeGrinlow 1

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

The Tiny! PIrates were passing through!

Tiny! Pirates and their friends

Sunday 12th July 2015

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

 

a bold explorer in her useful hat and clutching a treasure map!

a bold explorer in her useful hat and clutching a treasure map!

Review of last Sunday’s day of pirates, rain and slightly soggy people

This event was part of Buxton Festival Fringe. For more  excitements, visit Buxton Festival Fringe and BUY SOME TICKETS!

 

Triumphant Pirate-makers

Triumphant Pirate-makers

 

I’m not going to ramble on about what we did, here is the review from the Fringe – with our pics

Stone and Water have been a fixture of the Fringe for as long as I can remember, always bringing good ideas and a relaxing atmosphere to their imaginative outdoor workshops for young children – as well as some good messages about looking after the environment.

Their Tiny! Shows, involving making adorably tiny people out of pipe cleaners, material and scraps, have been running in the Pavilion Gardens since 2010 and are as popular as ever with their first session on Sunday morning attracting some 45 people including parents and guardians.

DSCF3204DSCF3206DSCF3205 photos of this little pirate proved tricky as his captain kept shouting “har-har!”

a slightly surprised fairy

a slightly surprised fairy

Gordon MacLellan, better known as Creeping Toad, leads the workshops with plenty of patience and humour, wisely allowing young children’s creativity full rein. When I was there they created fairy pirates, glam pirates with fake tans, pirates so excited that their heads fell off, funky explorers, mermaids and all sorts of hybrids of those. The Stone and Water team have realised that parents and children like to treat this as a drop-in event so nothing is too structured and the children are encouraged to do what they are really burning to do with their Tiny people – namely run around with them a lot.

The children show great involvement – so much so that I heard a parent saying with a tinge of desperation: “Can we go home and have some lunch now?” Needless to say it fell on deaf ears – it was far too tempting to stay under the tree with the pirate bunting and all those colourful materials!

For more information about all Stone and Water’s fun activities see: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Stephanie Billen

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Tiny! Pirates and their friends

Sunday 12th July

2 sessions

10am – 12noon

1pm – 3pm

 

 

Pirate ship 50-lowThe Tiny! Pirates are back! Join us and make you own tiny! Pirates, mermaids, monsters and more. Then set off on your own Tiny! quest

Materials provided. Just bring yourself, a grown-up (if you are under 7 years old) and a sense of adventure!

 

In Pavilion Gardens, Buxton. You’ll find us near the Playground – look for the Jolly Roger under a tree and the pirate bunting!

A free event, no bookings or tickets needed. (Donations to costs, are seldom refused, however! We are Pirates, after all!)

Part of the Buxton Festival Fringe

 

 

 

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