WHAT ANNOYS – DELIGHTS – AND IS OFTEN UNEXPLAINED.
What is ANNOYING me this week?
Hitting the wrong keys.
What is DELIGHTING me this week?
Dig the Poetry workshop
Shuffle on the Iphone.
SOME OF MY DOINGS:
Last week saw the first of the Dig the Poetry workshops with the Polesworth School.
Students from the school braved the rain to explore bones and soil with the renowned storyteller and novelist Cat Weatherill.
Cat used the theme of man coming from the soil and then going back into the earth as her main theme. She used as story from Estonia, but many cultures have the same story just told in a slightly different way.
The Students got to create sculptures in mud, whilst observing the strict rules of silence as experienced by the Benedictine Nuns who once lived at Polesworth. Reflecting on the Nun’s lives in Medeaval times as the archaeologists uncovered the remains of the cloister walls and floors.
Tim Upson-Smith, the community archaeologist provided us with examples of animal bones from last years dig, which the students studied in great detail. Identifying burn and knife marks that showed how these we the remains of 500 year old meals.
The students went away with a buzz of ideas that they worked on during the final days of the school term and I look forward to reading the poems that they produced.
The first of the Adult workshops is this Friday with poet, playwright and author David Calcutt.
As full list of the workshops is given below.
There are also four taster sessions for year 6 pupils this week, where we will spend a couple of hours exploring the use of the senses at the dig.
DIG THE POETRY – A WORLD OF WORDS.
Last Summer as part of my residency at Nuneaton Summer Day of Poetry, I requested that people from around the world send me words which I then crafted into a poem – see http://nuneatonpoetryday.wordpress.com/the-word-list/ and http://nuneatonpoetryday.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/collaborative-poem-2/ for the poem. I thought I would do this again this time with Dig the Abbey.
So I am requesting that you take a look at Dig the Abbey website and give me one of two words in response to what you see. This could be related to the trenches, the finds or the lives of the previous occupants of the abbey site. – the website is at: http://www.digtheabbey.co.uk
Whilst you might not be able to attend the workshops or one of the daily site visits at Polesworth, I hope this will provide an insight into the activities at the dig and at least enable you to contribute something to the poetry programme.
If you also let me know the town you are contacting me from, I will calculate the distance that the word(s) have travelled to reach Polesworth using http://www.mapcrow.info.
You have plenty of time as I will close this at midnight on 31st August to give me time to write the poem, which I will read at the Fizz on the Heritage Open Day of 8th September.
Hopefully if you are ever in North Warwickshire you will take some time to visit this very special place in the knowledge that you provided some of the inspiration to the new poems being created here.
You can email your words to email@example.com
Dig the Poetry has its own blog at http://digthepoetry.wordpress.com.
Please do pass this on to your fellow poets and those with an interest in Archaeology and lets see if the words reflect a different perspective to those writing poems on site.
POLESWORTH A PLACE FOR POETRY – DIG THE POETRY – 2012.
There has been much interest in Dig the Poetry with many poets signing up for the workshop, if you want to take part then either sign up at www.digtheabbey.co.uk or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Polesworth a Place for Poetry – Dig the Poetry – 2012.
DIG THE POETRY WORKSHOPS – All from 10:00 – 14:00
1. Friday 27th July – with DAVID CALCUTT
2. Friday 3rd Aug – with JENNY HOPE
3. Sat 4th Aug – with MAL DEWHIRST.
(Please note this is a non-digging day.)
4. Fri 10th Aug – with MATT MERRITT
5. Fri 17th Aug – with JACQUI ROWE
6. Sat 25th Aug – with MAEVE CLARKE
7. Sat 1st Sept – with JO BELL
PLUS POETRY EXHIBITION ON THE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 7th – 9th Sept – with Readings on Sat 8th Sept.
These workshops are an exciting unique opportunity to discover new themes in response to the Archaeology and I would encourage all writers, from beginners to published poets and authors to come along and find your muse.
There will be opportunities throughout the dig for writers to go along and observe making notes or creating new pieces in the peaceful haven of the Abbey grounds so even if you can’t make the workshops do find sometime to go along and soak it all up.
STAFFORDSHIRE POET LAUREATE.
The closing date for entries for the first Staffordshire Poet Laureate has been and gone. I made my entry two days before the deadline and I am now waiting to hear if I am to be considered for the short list.
Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that it was here that I first raised the debate among the poetry community as to whether they felt it was something that was worthwhile pursuing. The response was a resounding YES. Staffordshire County Council picked up on these feelings and instigated the role to be installed for National Poetry Day in October.
It is a great opportunity to help develop poets and poetry in Staffordshire and I look forward to supporting who ever gets the role this autumn and to some interesting developments in poetry in Staffordshire.
THE FIZZ IN JULY – with guest poet Terri Jolland.
SOME OF MY COMING SOON DOINGS
Readings in July
24th July – The FIZZ with Terri Jolland at Polesworth Abbey.