NeST has a history of working with local poets to promote the gallery as a ‘surprising space’ for poetry.  We currently have a selection of pamphlets from Mudfog press which complement the theme of the current exhibition and Felicity Manning will give a reading from her new collection Long Held Notes on Sunday 4th March at 3p.m.

In the meantime the project steering group have been busy formulating plans for delivering the Winning Words project through NeST.  Members of the group include representatives from local schools, media and youth groups.

Barnard Castle is participating in level 2 of the national project which encourages members of the local community to celebrate 2012 by creating a local poetry installation.

Written material for this artwork will be gathered through poetry workshops and a local competition.  Winning entries will be exhibited as window vinyls in town centre shops and the overall winner will be incorporated into a textile installation.

As mentioned previously the idea is to use a poetry code to knit the winning poem into a textile picture which can be displayed in village halls, school and business receptions etc.  People will be able to buy into the legacy by purchasing postcards of the finished piece.

Earlier this week I visited Buttons & Bows shop in Barnard Castle to discuss sourcing local wool in rainbow colours.  As we need a heavy weight wool in order to knit on extreme needles I have hit my first hurdle.

Owner Sally Nicholls tells me that orange and yellow wools are rare so we may have to consider dyeing our own.  Sally was very helpful, gave me  a list of knitters, weavers and suppliers to contact.

If you know of anyone who has a spare fleece or two or balls of wool in requisite colours, please get in touch.  You can e-mail me on or tel: 07413 101014.

Mudfog poetry at NeST

Mudfog poetry at NeST