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

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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Well-wooded words: a Buxton poetry trail

Well-wooded Words

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

18th 19th July 2015

a poetry trail through Grinlow Woods 

during Buxton Arts Festival

an exquisite moment from last year's Art Trail

an exquisite moment from last year’s Art Trail

weaving words through trees and bushes,

poems through the flowers,

inviting visitors to wonder as they wander

to enjoy the richness of the woods

and the beauty of stone

and to touch the emotional heart of their summer

Grinlow 1In a companion trail to this year’s Grinlow Art And Storytelling Trail, we are inviting poets, scribblers, scrawlers and storywriters to submit pieces for a trail of words and wonders through Grinlow Woods
The Art Trail and its attendant activities were a great success last year, so we thought it would be good to add another strand to that creative woodland experience.
“We” are Stone and Water, the Buxton-based community group who celebrate the richness and creativity of the Peaks through projects like Exploring With Stories and Ancient Landscapes.
We are looking for pieces (poems or prose) that might

  • draw their inspiration from Buxton and the Peak District
  • provoke reflection about the area
  • use these landscapes to challenge reader’s own perceptions of themselves
  • or something like that

So we invite you to share your enjoyment, your passions, your delights and your despairs of, from or about the Peaks and send us your words for the Grinlow Poetry Trail

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our Trail won’t venture into the caves but your poetry might

FINE DETAILS (and some small print)

What will be happening

On the weekend of the Art Trail (18, 19 July 2015), our poems and stories will be laminated and presented through Grinlow Woods in Buxton Country Park. The Poetry Trail will follow a similar route to the Art Trail (see below). There will also, hopefully, be storytellers performing, poetry/writing workshops, make your own woodland book activities and perhaps some poetry readings (let us know if you’d like to be involved in that)
Our trail will have its own map and possibly a booklet (available to buy) of all our juicy poems and stories

How long a piece can you submit?

We are allocating each writer the equivalent of 2 sides of A4 (so please, no monstrous tomes or Homeric epics!) and in a largish font, maybe 20pt, for ease of reading. If you’re not sure, just send your piece in and we’ll advise. Of course you don’t need to send in that much: if you compose precise and elegant single haiku or tanka, maybe just one will say exactly what you want. At the moment, we will only accept one submission (ie one longer piece or several short poems) from each poet. If space arises we might invite more contributions from existing Trailers

Where will the poems be?

The Trail will wend its way up through Grinlow Woods from the Visitor Centre car park towards Solomon Temple (but will probably stop just short of the upper edge of the woods)

Until we see what is coming in, we can’t say where pieces will go. if you have a piece that definitely needs to be displayed by rocks, or a park bench or an oak tree, say, let us know

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Complementing the Art Trail

Our poetry trail will run along a similar route to the Art Trail. Poems do not need to associate with artworks unless you want them to. We don’t really know what other art is going up until the last minute so we cannot advise you of what’s going to be around. If you know an exhibiting artist, why not scheme wildly with them, keep us in the loop, and it might all be wonderful when we display words and visuals together

Filthy Lucre

We are not planning this as a money-making activity but we would like to generate enough cash to design and print Poetry Trail maps and maybe produce that booklet of poems for sale. We are asking for a contribution of £10 for each submission (ie for each poet’s contribution not for each individual poem). Don’t send any money with your submission. We’ll contact you about money and other fine tuning when your contribution is accepted

Being organised and officious

And we’re sorry to say this but there will need to be a bit of editorial control here: please don’t send in anything offensive, or discriminatory. Our boundaries are very flexible but there are limits and we will reserve the right to simply say “no”. We’ll try not to, but that reservation needs to be there

First deadline: we need to have a working set of poems by 31st March 2015: enough for us to know the plan is viable

Second deadline: assuming we get enough poems to make the Poetry Trail viable, we’ll go on taking new submissions until the end of May

Submissions:

email your work to

Gordon MacLellan: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Please send it as an attachment in Word or Text

Make sure: your name and contact details are also on the attachment

By post: to  Creeping Toad, 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ
and we’ll be in touch!

So! flex those fingers, ink up those quills, charge up your keyboards,

knot your strings and carve your runes

invite an adventure into the green

invite an adventure into the green

The Return of the Tiny! Pirates!

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

a pirate camp, complete with Jolly Roger

We have been doing Tiny! events for a few years now as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Aiming to run events and often create celebrations where nothing is bigger than a hand we have had Tiny! lantern processions, met Faeries, Goblins and Trolls and have been visited twice by the Terrible Tiny Pirates

This year’s Return of the Pirates can perhaps best be summed up with the Fringe review – for which, many thanks!

It must have been the hottest day in Buxton, this year and a Saturday too! The Pavilion Gardens was bursting with picnickers, cricketers, the ‘frisbie families’ and sunbathers.

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

pirates are notoriously unstable and fall from their elegant Tiny! galleons at the slightest ripple on the Sea of Hands

I passed the first test, which was to find the crew of stone & water, across the train tracks and past the paddling families, they were sat in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by a dozen quietly busy children with some mothers and fathers looking on.

A child asked the ‘captain’ who was encouraging their creative activity, “How old are you and what is your name?” He replied, “I am 435 years old and I’m often called Toad”.

While I was there, children came and went. They left smiling, proudly clutching their completed models, pirate boats with sails and portholes, pipe cleaner pirates with frowning faces wielding tiny cutlasses. I watched as one shy girl constructed ‘Princess Pirate’ with a pink flowing dress, like an image from a Disney fantasy.

It was a haven of quietness as children patiently cut shapes of cloth for tiny clothing, shapes of coloured card to make boats and faces, carefully drawing and colouring small details to create their finished models.

It’s a shame they are here only once this year. Tomorrow, Fringe Sunday, is set to be another ‘scorcher’ and would have been an ideal occasion to complement the music, dance and magic in the Gardens, that is, if you can tear yourself away from Wimbledon.

If you are interested in the work of stone & water then you should go to their blog

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)

a Tiny PIrate Captain (with Parrot)