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Winning Words Project LogoMy final report for the Barnard Castle Winning Words project is as follows:

In January 2012 Barnard Castle was chosen as one of seven Beacon Towns for the Cultural Olympics Winning Words project. Each town was tasked with encouraging the local community to celebrate 2012 by participating in the creation of poetry installations.

Barnard Castle decided to run the project at Level 2, which included encouraging schools to submit poetry created through the Generator and running a town poetry competition.

Anne Dauber’s poem The Great Grey Barn was chosen out of fifty entries from across the North East as the basis for the textile/poetry installation.

Textile artist Lone Helliwell ws appointed to facilitate workshops in Barnard Castle, Darlington and Richmond. Participants were invited to attend workshops or submit textile squares which interpreted parts of the winning poem. Twenty of these were chosen to create the final permanent installation. In the meantime, all short-listed poets were invited to record their work for a Radio Teesdale Book Programme and poems were exhibited in local shop windows throughout the summer.

As the initial poetry activities had not attracted the 7-11 age group, a series of summer writing sessions was arranged to be run in local libraries to complement the National Reading Challenge.

Teachers who attended the Generator Training and summer school participants were invited to take part in a Renga Relay with the support of Ian MacMillan, Radio Teesdale and Annalisa Ward. Ian recorded the final relay available in CD and MP3 formats. The library sessions and Renga Relay were extra activities to those stated in the original proposal.

Other additions include: registering NeST as an Arts Award Centre to provide the opportunity for 10 teenagers to gain Special Edition Bronze Arts Awards. Working with Jill Cole from Turrets Youth Theatre, I helped to deliver a twenty week programme which incorporated a performance evening at NeST (one of three extra events).

This part of the project was partially funded by the Dickens in Teesdale group. NeST and The Hub provided practice and performance space free of charge, Jill and myself (both trained Arts Award Advisers) gave our time to cover the extra input required beyond the writing workshops initially budgeted for.

The project exceeded initial targets. Regular press coverage through the local media, this blog and social media extended the reach of all events and activities.

It remains for me to thank Barnard Castle Vision CIC and NeST gallery for their support of this project as well as:

Trevor Brookes – The Teesdale Mercury

Jill Cole – Turrets Youth Theatre/ The Hub

Peter Dixon, Andrew Harrison and Sarah Fells – Radio Teesdale

Eve Galloway – Teesdale School Extended Services

Jo Heather – Mudfog Press

Lone Helliwell – Textile Artist

Catherine Jane Howard and Eva Zandman – NeST gallery

Richard Laidler – The Northern Echo Online

Elaine Mills – Barnard Castle Library

Sandra Moorhouse – Dickens in Teesdale

Jeff Price – Generator Poetry Trainer

Paul Rhea – Red Square Design

Gill Robinson – Village Halls Consortium

Annalisa Ward – Barney Guild

Finally, I am pleased to announce that following the success of the Teesdale Poetry event, several people have come forward to work together to establish a Teesdale Poetry Society which will research, record, read, write, perform and promote poetry with a connection to the area. We aim to import posts from this blog into a new wordpress site in 2013 in order to build on interest and enthusiasm generated by the Winning Words project.

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Poetry Event at NeST gallery, Barnard CastleFOR A REVIEW OF THIS EVENING SEE http://judithlesleymarshall.com

On Thursday 15th November at 7p.m. an evening of poetry by Teesdale Poets: Past, Present and Future will be held at NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NG.

Neil Diment will begin the evening by appearing in period costume to recite extracts from the work of Richard Watson, The Teesdale Bard. Neil is currently working with the AONB to produce a Richard Watson Trail. This circular walk route, opening in 2013, begins and ends at Bowlees Visitor Centre and includes key locations associated with Watson’s famous poem, A Journey to Work.

Special guest Meg Peacocke, whose poems were inscribed in stone for the Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path, will read a selection on new work written since moving to Barnard Castle. Meg is a contemporary British poet whose poetry has been described as precise, honest and memorable. She writes under the name of M.R. Peacocke.

Following a short break for refreshments, ‘poets of the future’ will be invited to participate in an  open mic session. Each one will have five minutes to showcase work, ideally written in or about Teesdale. This part of the evening will also feature new work from Anne Dauber, whose poem The Great Grey Barn was transformed into a textile/poetry installation for the Barnard Castle Winning Words project.

Host for the evening and project lead, Judith Lesley Marshall will finish with a new version of the Teesdale Tale: Tommy and t’Butter Brass. Judith will also tell the audience about other dialect and poetry initiatives planned for the area.

Tickets for the evening cost £5 and are available from NeST gallery. E-mail: admin@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or Tel: 01833 695172. Judith can be contacted directly on: 07808 063944 or e-mail: julema@tiscali.co.uk.

Poetry Event at NeST gallery, Barnard Castle On Thursday 15th November at 7p.m. an evening of poetry by Teesdale Poets: Past, Present and Future will be held at NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NG.

Neil Diment will begin the evening by appearing in period costume to recite extracts from the work of Richard Watson, The Teesdale Bard. Neil is currently working with the AONB to produce a Richard Watson Trail. This circular walk route, opening in 2013, begins and ends at Bowlees Visitor Centre and includes key locations associated with Watson’s famous poem, A Journey to Work.

Special guest Meg Peacocke, whose poems were inscribed in stone for the Kirkby Stephen Poetry Path, will read a selection on new work written since moving to Barnard Castle. Meg is a contemporary British poet whose poetry has been described as precise, honest and memorable. She writes under the name of M.R. Peacocke.

Following a short break for refreshments, ‘poets of the future’ will be invited to participate in an  open mic session. Each one will have five minutes to showcase work, ideally written in or about Teesdale. This part of the evening will also feature new work from Anne Dauber, whose poem The Great Grey Barn was transformed into a textile/poetry installation for the Barnard Castle Winning Words project.

Host for the evening and project lead, Judith Lesley Marshall will finish with a new version of the Teesdale Tale: Tommy and t’Butter Brass. Judith will also tell the audience about other dialect and poetry initiatives planned for the area.

Tickets for the evening cost £5 and are available from NeST gallery. E-mail: admin@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or Tel: 01833 695172. Judith can be contacted directly on: 07808 063944 or e-mail: julema@tiscali.co.uk.

 

 

 

Touring textile/poetry installationAnne Dauber and textile artist Lone Helliwell begin the Barnard Castle Winning Words legacy by launching the textile/poetry installation at NeST on Thursday 4th October at 7p.m. This will be the first opportunity for members of the public to view the artwork which was developed from Anne’s winning poem The Great Grey Barn. Postcards of the piece are available from NeST gallery in Newgate, priced at 50p each. Proceeds will be used to hold further poetry events in the community.

The installation will be on display at NeST gallery until Sunday 14th October. It will then begin a tour of village halls, business and community spaces as follows:

15th to 29th October – Butterknowle Village Hall

1st to 15th November – Woodleigh in Barnard Castle

17th November to 1st December – Egglestone Village Hall

20th December to 3rd January – Anthony Nixon Furniture, Barnard Castle

28th January to 11th February – Hamsterley Village Hall

If you would like to arrange to display the piece in your area, contact NeST gallery on admin@barnardcastlenest.org.uk

Telephone: 01833 695172 Mobile: 07413 101014

Textile/poetry installation

You are invited to attend a Celebration Event at NeST gallery in Barnard Castle on Thursday 4th October at 7p.m. The evening is a celebration of the Winning Words Beacon Town project. Anne Dauber, winner of the open poetry competition will read her poem the Great Grey Barn which inspired production of the community art installation. Textile artist Lone Helliwell will talk about the creation of the final piece, which will be on show at the gallery from the 4th to the 14th October. It will then commence a tour around the region. Tour details and legacy postcards will be available from the gallery as of the 4th October.

Other items on the agenda include presentation of Special Edition Bronze Arts Awards badges and certificates to members of Turrets Youth Theatre Group who submitted poetry/drama portfolios during 2012. The presentation will be made by Barnard Castle Vision CIC director Deborah Jenkins.

Following a break for refreshments we plan to play a recording of Ian MacMillan reading the Renga Relay which has been created by schools and libraries during the past 3 months.

The evening will end with a performance of haiku and tanka poetry by members of Bennett House Writers from Darlington. Copies of their new anthology will be on sale during the evening in addition to the range of pamphlets already available from the gallery.

This is a free event but we would be grateful if you could confirm attendance by e-mailing judith@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or phone project lead Judith Lesley Marshall on 07808 063944.

Barnard Castle library   Summer writing workshops for 7-11 year olds are being held in Barnard Castle library.  Workshops take place on Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd August from 1-2p.m.

Local poet/writer Emma Guyll will introduce young people to the Olympic Generator game and invite them to write shape and haiku poetry.

Participants will also be able to add a verse to the Renga Relay which continues to make its way around the county.

Places are free but must be reserved by calling the library on 03000 263409.

This summer writing challenge is being provided as part of the Barnard Castle Winning Words project.

Teesdale Gallery window   Shops in Barnard Castle are displaying copies of short-listed poetry entries for the Winning Words open poetry competition.  Poems can be viewed at: Barney Framers, Barney Wool, Brookes, Cheese Fiend, Chocolate Fayre, McFarlane’s, Moody Baker, Picture This, Teesdale Gallery, Teesdale Pods and Teesdale Restaurant.  So next time you are in town take a moment to stop and read.

Alternatively, all poems can be viewed on the perspex display screens as NeST who are also holding extra textile sessions.  If you fancy trying your hand at knitting, felting or hooky techniques, pop along and sign up for one of the places and take part in creating the Olympic textile installation.

Extra sessions with textile artist Lone Helliwell are being held at NeST in Newgate, Barnard Castle on Friday 13th and 20th July from 2-4p.m. and Tuesday 17th July from 1.30-3.30p.m.

All ages and abilities are welcome.  No prior knowledge is needed.

Places can be booked by contacting gallery staff on 07413 101014 or e-mail admin@barnardcastlenest.org.uk

 

Audience gathers at NeST for Turrets performance    On Wednesday 20th June, following the procession of the Olympic torch through the town, an audience of more than 50 people gathered at NeST gallery in Barnard Castle for the Turrets performance ‘Inspired by Dickens.’

Poet Anne Dauber opened the evening by reading her poem The Great Grey Barn which won the Barnard Castle Winning Words Open Poetry Competition.

Bronze Arts Awards candidates and Turrets members Elliot Bevan and Owen Carter formed an ‘Ant & Dec’ style duo and acted as hosts for the evening.

Hosts Elliott Bevan and Owen CarterThe evening started with a performance of eight of Charles Dickens’ poems which Ellie Renfrew had woven into a story about a young girl called Lucy.  Other members of the group who are working towards Bronze Arts Awards supported her by acting out the quatrains while Ellie recited them from memory.

Ellie Renfrew recites Dickens' poetryNext was Lotte Evans with her poem ‘On Death’.  The poem was written using words and phrases from Dickens’ verse as a word bank. The first verse is as follows:

When someone’s death occurs in your life                                                                                                                                                          nothing but thought leaves your head.                                                                                                                                                                           What was going through God’s mind                                                                                                                                                                                 when he decided to take them from your life?

Abigail Kent cheered us up with her poem ‘Devil’s Food’ which turns out to be a bar of chocolate.  An indication of this twist in the poem was apparent in Abigail’s wings which were made out of chocolate wrappers.  The rest of the cast supported her by chanting ‘It’s devils food’ in an echoing round.

Liam Samson followed with his performance of ‘Edmund.’  The message of this poem was that ‘money doesn’t bring happiness.’

Kerin Borer continued the theme with her rendition of ‘The Lonely Lord.

A quick change to the stage set and the addition of a few props saw the cast form a wall around Catherine Robertson who sat at a school desk to recite her poem ‘The Wall’ which evoked the feeling of the modern classroom still being as claustrophobic and restrictive as Dotheby’s Hall and the Wackford Squeers’ Academy.  The second verse is a good example of this:

The windows with bars like a prison,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and wardens for teachers,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a never ending sentence!

Catherine and The Wall     The set was completed by Jack Parker’s poem Always which reworked lines from Dickens’ verse into four stanzas about a modern day homeless man in London.  In the absence of the person who was cast to perform this role, Jack enlisted the help of hosts Elliot and Owen who squashed themselves into the cardboard box ‘home for one’ while Jack recited his lines about a character named George Gabriel.

Jack Parker performs George GabrielThe performances were well received and the audience enjoyed a short break before returning to their seats for a performance of the Turrets adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby.

 

Olympic Textile Workshop at NeST with Lone Helliwell  Extra textile workshop dates have been scheduled at NeST, for Friday 13th and 20th July from 2-4p.m. and Tuesday 17th July from 1.30-3.30p.m.  To book a place contact the gallery staff on 07413 101014.

During the past fortnight, textile artist Lone Helliwell has run workshops in Barnard Castle, Richmond and Darlington to engage members of the public in creating 5″ textile squares for the Winning Words Olympic Textile Poetry Installation.  Felting and hooky techniques have proved the most popular with people who have attended from as far away as Berwick.  We even had a visitor from Finland in last Friday’s session.

Poet, Anne Dauber has supplied photographs to illustrate her winning poem The Great Grey Barn.  Workshop participants have been using both these and the words from the poem as inspiration for a variety of pieces which are being considered for selection to create the final installation.

Examples of work produced so far include:

Hooky square      Felt Marsh MarigoldsFelt CowKnitted Winter Sky

Rehearsals  An ‘Inspired by Dickens’ poetry performance will take place at NeST art gallery in Barnard Castle on Wednesday 20th June at 7p.m.  Members of Turrets youth theatre group have been meeting in The Hub to rehearse for the event which is being held on the day that the Olympic torch relay passes through the town.

Young people working towards Special Edition Arts Awards as part of the cultural Olympics Winning Words project will start the evening with a performance of new poems inspired by eight verses written by Charles Dickens.

They will be followed by local poet Anne Dauber.  Anne will read her winning poem The Great Grey Barn, which won the Barnard Castle Winning words Open Poetry competition earlier this year.

There will be a short break to purchase refreshments from the cafe before a second Turrets group take to the floor to perform their version of Nicholas Nickleby.

Tickets for the event cost £2 and are avaiable from either Jill Cole at Turrets or NeST gallery staff.

Reservations can be made by contacting the gallery vai admin@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or tel: 07413 101014