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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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

Textile artist Lone Helliwell meets poet Anne Dauber

Textile artist Lone Helliwell met poet Anne Dauber recently to discuss the format for the Olympic Textile Art Workshops.

Anne has supplied photographs of the barn and area that inspired her poem the Great Grey Barn.

Participants will be invited to use both these and words from the poem to inspire their own work.

Lone has set up a series of 2 hour sessions during which people will be invited to create 5″ squares using a variety of textile techniques.

The following dates are for workshops held at NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle.

Tuesday 12th June 1.30 – 3.30p.m.

Friday 15th June 2 – 4p.m.

Friday 13th July 2 – 4p.m.

To book a place e-mail: judith@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or tel: 07413 101014

People wishing to submit textile squares without attending workshops can do so by sending them together with name, address and contact details to:

Judith Lesley Marshall, Winning Words Textile Installation, c/o  NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8NG by Saturday 21st July 2012.

Remember to include brief information about the techniques used and the parts of the poem depicted in the square.  All squares will be considered for inclusion in the final installation which will tour village halls and community spaces as of October 2012.

For those of you who missed the poem first time round, please read on:

The great grey barn where the cows once lived

lies empty now.

Straw abandoned like

an unmade bed,

the hollow which was, for those blackened months, their Winter womb

lies cold.

 

I passed your barn

every day and saw your bovine stare,

snug within the parameters of your stone house,

high pillows of dense packed snow.

 

Monochrome scene from the window,

hills creased by rocks

full stopping the landscape.

My eyes rest on the hush and linger.

Desolate, dank.  Lie still.  No rush.

But the Winter comes and goes, as it pleases.

 

High on the hills now

dawdling away the afternoon

their great backsides

sodden, slapped

with the soil from a sepia Winter

 

Your faces staring back through the grills on the broad gate

crushing the cud, your insolent eyes watching me shiver.

 

Now, I idly watch at you from my kitchen window

while you come to visit, calf in tow,

eyes wide with looking at

the machinery of my life

and all that I need, just to be able to eat.

While you chew in my face,

rubbing it in.

The nettles around your hooves flattened

as you tread between

the saucers of marsh marigold.

 

I am glad.

 

Cow in the Great Grey Barn

Textile artist Lone Helliwell has been appointed to work with community groups in Barnard Castle and Teesdale to create a textile art installation for the Winning Words project.

Lone, whose mother was a tailoress and father a costume master for the Royal Danish ballet, will involve local people in converting Anne Dauber’s winning poem The Great Grey Barn into a picture style wall hanging.

The Great Grey Barn

Lone has many years of experience as a facilitating artist, working on large community textile projects as well as gaining a reputation for designing bespoke soft furnishings for both hotels and country houses.

The finished piece will be about 20″ square and made up of smaller sections.  Each square will depict part of the poem using different textile techniques such as knitting, felting, applique, weaving, clippy/hook rug methods and embroidery.

Lone will source locally spun wool for the project and dye it to the colours required.  Woodworker and husban Chris is providing large hand-turned knitting needles for the occasion.

Hand-turned needles

A greater number of pieces will be made and the sixteen most appropriate ones will be assembled to create the art installation.  This will be launched at NeST gallery in Barnard Castle on National Poetry Day before going on tour around local village halls, businesses and community spaces.

Drop-in sessions at NeST gallery, 25 Newgate, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NG will be held on Tuesday 12th June 1.30-3.30p.m., Friday 15th June and 13th July from 2-4p.m.

These sessions are free of charge and open to all ages and abilities.

Individuals and groups wishing to take part in the project, either to learn new skills or practice existing ones should contact project lead Judith Lesley Marshall via judith@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or mobile 07413 101014.

NeST Gallery/Studios/Digital Hub/Cafe

NeST Gallery/Studios/Digital Hub/Cafe

NeST in Barnard Castle is delivering the Winning Words project on behalf of Barnard Castle Vision CIC.  Barnard Castle is one of seven towns chosen to be Beacon Towns for the cultural olympiad’s Winning Words project.  The project aims to encourage local communities to celebrate 2012 by participating in the creation of poetry installations across the U.K.

NeST has a history of working with local poets and most recently Mudfog Press to promote the gallery as a ‘surprising space’ for poetry.  This fits in with the aims of the Winning Words partnership who hope to carpet the nation with poetry.

As Barnard Castle has a tradition of carpet and cloth production it seems fitting to produce a textile installation for the locality.  With this in mind writer and project leader Judith Lesley Marshall has designed a code for translating words into colours to be woven into a knitted piece.  The inspiration for this came from the opening scene of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

Although NeST will be the installation’s permanent home, there are plans to arrange an exhibition tour of the piece around local village halls and community spaces.

Anyone wishing to be involved in the project can contact Judith on judith@barnardcastlenest.org.uk or tel: 07413 101014.