Poetry for the promenade in Blackpool

Blackpool Borough Council constructed new seawalls and promenades in the South Shore areas part of a major coastal defence programme. An exciting element of the new promenade was a considerable amount of public art; the scheme included seven shelters, and, with the help of a poetry placement, produced poetry to be carved and etched into the walls of every shelter.

The Blackpool Borough Council commissioned SuAndi to work with the South Shore Hoteliers Association, Deryn Rees-Jones to work with a basic skills group from Blackpool & Fylde College and Dave Ward to work with Blackpool Women's Institute.


SuAndi has been a Performance Poet since 1985 and in recent years has worked in Live Art. She leads Black Arts Alliance's initiatives which includes project fund raising and successfully received on behalf of the organisation a three year project grant from the National Lottery Charities Board for artists to work with young Black men. She was recognised as a Winston Churchill Fellow in 1996.

Deryn Rees-Jones

Deryn Rees-Jones has two poetry collections, The Memory Tray and Signs Round a Dead Body (both Seren). She is the editor of Consorting With Angels, a book of critical essays on women's poetry (Bloodaxe).

Dave Ward

Dave Ward's latest poetry publication is Candy and Jazz (OUP 1994); he has had poems in numerous anthologies for schools; Jampo (Impact Books 1993); Tracts (Headland Publishing 1996); The Tree of Dreams (Harper Collins1996). Since 1976 when he co-founded the Windows project, he has initiated, run and coordinated poetry workshops in playschemes, youth clubs, community centres, libraries, schools, prisons and day centres for disabled people.