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Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Blogger-in-residence at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Why do humans have art galleries and museums? And why don’t squirrels? What’s on your mantelpiece? And what’s the oldest thing you keep in your house (apart from my husband, jokes the mayor). It’s been a joy beginning a blog on behalf of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, getting to know a place, getting behind the scenes to find out the secret stories and passions of the staff. A museum is like a two-way mirror, writes one of the team,  reflecting a place and its people, so that they understand themselves better and show themselves visibly to the outside world. I’ve learned a lot about the careful and highly creative world of museums, and what...

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Sparks pop-up

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Sparks pop-up

Our Birmingham Sparks group (part of the Writing West Midlands young writers’ talent-stable) gave a fabulous pop-up performance at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) where we meet each month. So much inspiration to write! And so much talent! What a combination! And great working with Susan Stokes-Chapman, our new assistant writer. For our big day in May, we had pop-up invitations, a sparky procession through the gallery, collective poetry, individual reading, followed by edible alphabet biscuits – what more could a writer of any age...

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Cloak – a new adventure with filmmaker Geoff Broadway

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Cloak – a new adventure with filmmaker Geoff Broadway

Cloak: Very excited to post this new snippet of work with Geoff Broadway, respected photographer and filmmaker. We combined words, film and images to make an experimental film, inspired by my work gathering people’s stories at Black Country Living Museum. We hope there will be more to...

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Map of Birmingham Conversationland

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in News, News and Projects | 0 comments

Map of Birmingham Conversationland

The Birmingham Conversations brought together people of many faiths and none in our super-diverse city to reflect on the role of faiths in the public sphere. Since the Conversations launch in Sept 2016, my Conversationland map has been touring with Jake Lever’s fabulous painting Dance, spending two weeks on display at synagogues, mosques and churches, as well as at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery around the city. More about Birmingham Conversations here

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Instant Poetry – a new delight!

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Instant Poetry – a new delight!

I’m a recent beginner at Instant Poetry, but it’s been a wonderful revelation, inviting complete strangers (and the occasional old friend) to work with me as we talk and write an Instant Poem together. A happy Poetry on Loan session at a Baby Shower in Bridgnorth Library on themes of ‘From’, ‘Soon’ and ‘Wish’. And then another fruitful session on ‘friend’, ‘Brum’ and ‘yes!’ at Birch Network‘s 5th birthday party, celebrating Lizzy Bell’s initiative, five years of supporting families and young unaccompanied asylum...

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Chain of memories at the Black Country Museum

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Chain of memories at the Black Country Museum

It was a complete treat working at the Black Country Living Museum on four summer Thursdays this year. While the children got busy making little books, maps and concertina booklets to record their visits – I invited adults to write on links for a paper chain of memories about work in previous generations in their families. Some amazing stories emerged – 350 years’ of soldiering – that’s as far back as the Great Fire of London in 1666! Less laborious than the real chainmaking outdoors, our chain of memories kept on growing and growing. This was after two days. Eventually it hung around two walls....

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