Jules Mann - Posting #10

July 28th 2000

We're now processing the final project reports that have piled in over the summer, and next week I will post a list of new ones on the website.

As part of the closure of Poetry Places (and my residency), I will be setting up the Poetry Places section of the website as the Poetry Places Archive, freely available access to reports catalogued:

by subject category,
alphabetically by 'place'
alphabetically by 'poet'

Do visit the exerpts on-line from the Spring issue of Poetry Review, which is dedicated to Poetry Places, with articles and new poems by a variety of poets involved in the scheme over the past two years.

 The Poetry Society is pleased to see the first wave of Year of the Artist projects coming in from around the various regions of England - and pleased that this project was modelled in part on the success of Poetry Places. A partial list follows of the first projects to get underway, and an updated list will appear in Poetry News in September. If you'd like to know more, best to visit the individual RABs on the regional arts board website.

East Midlands
Mark Goodwin, poet with Leicestershire County Council Education - a 32-week residency involving poet and climber Mark Goodwin at Beaumanor Hall, Quorn Hall International Education Centre and Aberglasyn Hall, in North Wales. The residency will involve participants in a combination of poetry/creative writing and outdoor pursuits.

Poet Mario Petrucci will spend 20 days in residency in Havering exploring historical sites. Sites will be chosen from a list which includes a Roman road, a 7th century church, and a 1940s market garden.

Poet/rapper Ty and poet Shamim Asad will each work for 16 days with groups assembled by Tower Hamlets Summer University. The theme to be explored is 'transition', through performance poetry.

Vital Arts Vital Arts will commission writer and poet Stephen Watts to work with the Royal London Hospital Advocacy Team to: explore how creative writing can contribute to their work by helping patients to articulate their experience and investigate how creative expression can reduce the impact of trauma and stress and promote healing. 

Northern Arts (will have a poet in residence at the Sunderland Echo and one at the News&Star in Carlisle... details to follow)

Rais Academy, Manchester - Three Asian disabled people's groups and one women's group will work with Sabir Raza, a multi-lingual professional writer, on the project "Our Experience".

Guests and staff at the Imperial Hotel in Morecambe are in for a treat when More Music in Morecambe begin their poetry and lyric writing residency.

Harvey's Brewery in Lewes will host the residency of writer and poet James Poulter - he will produce a booklet and an epic poem, with the working title Beer-Wolf, based around the experiences at the brewery.

Amnesty International will host African Caribbean poet and storyteller Jenny Davis to work with local refugee communities and their families in Reading.

Susan Utting, Poet Laureate for Wokingham will work with a range of community groups over a period of 12 months.

Poet Joan McGavin on Southampton Common will talk to passersby about why they use the Common, how they feel about it, and will use their stories and ideas to produce an anthology of writing about it.

Poets Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury in 5 rural Oxfordshire villages will hold workshops, give impromptu and planned poetry "slams" and work with local W.I. groups, British Legion Clubs, pubs and social clubs, producing a special poem for each village.

Poet Rose Flint at Devizes Museum - working with local schools and the community, Rose will look back to life in Wiltshire more than 2000 years ago. 

Poet John Powls will participate in 'Stone Universe' - to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dartmoor National Park, a photography, poetry, music and digital art residency on Dartmoor linking the ages from prehistory to the new millennium using stone as the reference point.

Poet Lawrence Sail, for his 'Out of Silence' project, in which he will create a sequence of poems, associated with silence, prompted by 10 specific locations in Devon.

Poet James Harpur, in residence at Exeter Cathedral, will participate in cathedral life, host poetry workshops and create a new body of work in response to the sacred and Christian resonances of one of the regions most outstanding buildings.

William Oxley will be Poet in Residence for Torbay, working with various targeted community groups in an area which has rarely enjoyed such intensive arts activity.

Local poet and ex film-editor Bernard Hebb will write a series of poems on the theme of memory and sound for broadcast by local Cornish radio station Pirate FM.

Shaun Jackson will be a roving poet in this public poetry project involving shoppers, workers and passers-by throughout Mendip District. Includes performances in odd places and a series of publicly sited poetry posters
West Midlands
Poet Roger Garfitt will work over a three month period with visitors, craftsmen and women at work within the historic working farm of Acton Scott in Shropshire.

Poet David Hart will be in residence across a number of South Birmingham Mental Health Trust buildings working with psychiatrists, health workers, groups of patients and carers in a 12 month residency.

Birmingham's Poet Laureate Simon Pitt will work in residence on Birmingham's canal system and the route of the Midland Metro from Wolverhampton to Snow Hill.

The writer and poet Simon Fletcher will work in residence at the Shropshire and Mid-Wales Hospice over a period of 30 days spread over six months.