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 

 

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

Fragments for a new Cope

Feedback from Silverdale

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the Roaches: a panel for our Cope

on Friday 17th October we had a lovely day of workshops in Silverdale Library that we featured in the previous post. We’ve just received these lovely pictures from one of the friends who was helping us on the day so thought we’d just post these comments and pictures together, offering a view of a workshop from someone else’s perspective!

a busy room, an exciting table!

a busy room, an exciting table!

I’d like to echo Gordon’s thanks to St Luke’s school and the library staff for the wonderful day at Silverdale Library last Friday!
Huge thanks to the Stone and Water arts team for coming to Silverdale and to the library staff Berni, Farida and Terry for arranging that the library would open especially for the school session and for providing all the refreshments. 
Cope -fuller viewThe Y6 group were full of ideas during the story-telling and before we knew it pop-up cards had popped up everywhere! It was great to see the students listening so intently and inventing recipes for the giant with Gordon. Then they spread out and worked throughout the library on their pop-up cards. I was amazed by how quickly they were starting to tell their own stories about their cards — and several students began to have clever ideas for making the paper articulate further. The cards were becoming little theatres really. Gordon’s work with schools is legendary but well done to everyone at St Luke’s – wow! 
Then we had the afternoon with the talented knitters and lace-makers of Silverdale who added textile motifs to the cope or community cloak. Again, people were full of brilliant ideas. What a friendly relaxed time. 
The library is the perfect setting for all this creativity!
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Thank you, Caroline!

the old streets of Silverdale

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Silverdale Library Newcastle, Staffordshire Friday 17th October exploring the old streets of Silverdale…Stepping back in time to the days of Dieulacres Abbey in Leek, Silverdale children from St Luke’s Primary School visited the local library and unfurled the town of their imaginings where the river ran bright and glittering through the Silver Dale, past its […]

Who is helping?

Who is helping?

Workshops in Leek: once, now and next are gathering momentum

We’ve been telling medieval stories and designing modern reliquaries on Apple Day at the Dove Valley Centre

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Groups at Borderland Voices have been illuminating their own manuscripts

work has already started: illuminations

work has already started: illuminations

working on a new Cope, mixing traditional medieval motifs (saints and Biblical scenes)with modern issues – who are the contemporary heroes we should respect and incorporate into a new cope.

Low-cope workshop

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youth groups have started decorating tiny Abbey lanterns and designing their own Rose Windows

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All these events will feed into later ones – take a look at the events list – and come and join in somewhere!

This work is being supported by a whole moorlandfull of sponsors

Workshops led by Borderland Voices are being supported by

Staffordshire County Council Arts

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Churnet Valley Living Landscapes

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Lloyds TSB

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Your Moorlands

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Workshops coordinated by Stone and Water are being covered by an Awards for All grant

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Thanks to all these organisations!

Without your help, none of these challenges, excitements,                                                                                              discussions and inspirations would be possible!

Stitching Time

Stitching Time

Friday 17th October

Silverdale Library

Experienced stitchers and

first time scribblers all welcomed!

When Dieualcres Abbey was dissolved, among its many treasures were richly embroidered copes: cloaks worn by Abbots and Bishops. Rumour (possibly scurrilous) has it that some of these beautiful pieces were carried away to Hardwick and Hatton Halls and are incorporated into later materials there.

we might make medieval-style panels

we might make medieval-style panels

In our ongoing celebration of the richness that once rested in Leek, join our artists to make sections for a spectacular new robe mixing medieval images with modern heroes and everyday saints in appliqué, drawing, felt and beads. Original copes were adorned with Biblical and saintly images and motifs, so our once, now and next cope will feature medieval designs and modern heroes and future hopes in similar styles

Time: 1 – 3pm

Where: Silverdale Library, Newcastle: High St, Silverdale, Newcastle ST5 6LY, 01782 297444

or we might create our own new designs

or we might create our own new designs