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Writer’s Residency: Day 10 – Plan B

August 31, 2013

This morning I should have been mounting work and displaying ‘One Poem for Teesdale’ poems ready for the opening of the 1000 Creations exhibition tomorrow. However, I received an email yesterday to say that the exhibition has been postponed due to problems with one of the venues. So I have come up with Plan B.
NeST gallery has agreed to accommodate the poems which have been collated into a portfolio and placed in the information rack in the cafe area of the gallery. You should be able to spot them as the cover is printed in an old English script.
The brief for the ‘One Poem for Teesdale’ project was to submit a poem which expresses the history, culture and landscape of the area. The majority of poets seem to have drawn on the landscape for inspiration and I am pleased to report that the project seems to have attracted an equal mix of male and female poets.
Writers who attended the Thursday morning workshops also highlighted the ‘Writing inspired by the local landscape’ session as their favourite. The final workshop ‘Putting memories down on paper’ came a close second with one participant (a new writer) stating: ‘I absolutely loved today! I can’t believe how much I wrote and remembered. I’d love to come again.’
Sadly my residency ends today but that is not the end of the project. The portfolio of poetry will be available in the gallery up to the 22nd September for members of the public to read and respond to by placing orange dots next to the ones they like. I will then count up the dots and announce the one which has received the most votes during Radio Teesdale’s book programme on the 26th September.
During the programme I will also read a selection of poems inspired by research into both my Teesdale and Weardale ancestors, and give details of the launch of the pamphlet in which they appear.
Finally, both established and emerging writers are welcome to join Teesdale Words creative writing group who resume monthly meetings in NeST on Friday 27th September from 3 to 4.30p.m.


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  1. Doreen permalink

    I look forward to paying another visit to the Nest and place an orange dot. Dor F

    • Thanks for taking the time to participate in the project, Doreen. You will find the gallery has changed, for the better I think, since moving to an artist share structure. The cafe has gone all cosmopolitan also.

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