Words down the Line is releasing a special edition of its postcard to accompany Robert Priseman’s exhibition. The poem – The Change – was kindly donated by Sue Dawes and the illustration is ‘Pearl’ by Robert Priseman. We were very taken by the pro-woman, punchy and hard-hitting nature of her poem.
Sue lives in Wivenhoe with her family and has been part of OTR for over ten years. Her poem is part of a series she’s working on about ‘unspoken things.’
She has an MA in Creative writing from Lancaster (2010) and writes poetry and prose. Her writing has been published in Mslexia, Poetry Wivenhoe and in various anthologies.
Our spring/early summer exhibition features the work of Robert Priseman. Robert is a local artist whose work has been exhibited and acquired by the V&A London, MdM Salzburg, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Musée de Louvain la Neuve, the Guggenheim New York, UMMA Michigan, Honolulu Museum of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Centre and Visiting Professor in Fine Arts Practice at the University of Suffolk.
The images on display on this station are all prints of drawings of his close family and friends, many of whom live or have lived in Wivenhoe. They reflect the diversity of the Wivenhoe community, at its best when it embraces the fluidity of time and people.
Here is the electronic version of our new poetry postcard. The words are by Helen Ivory and the illustration by Olivia Browne (who also features in our Off the Rails exhibition).
Thanks to Deborah Talbot and Sue Dawes for organising, our two poetry judges (including Lelia Ferro) who chose the winning poem, and to all those who submitted work (which was all judged to be of high quality). Thanks also to the organisations that sponsor us – the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership, Michaels Estate Agents, the Wivenhoe Community Trust and the Scott/Liddy Locality Grant.
The postcards will be distributed across Essex and London (as much as the legs of our volunteers can carry them!).
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Our first new exhibition of 2018 features Olivia Browne, a Wivenhoe artist since 2001 and who also teaches at Colchester’s Sixth Form College.
Her collaged landscapes play with pastoral stereotypes. Featured in this exhibition are three works from her ‘Bucolicos’ series, which responds to and interprets British countryside imagery.
The medium of collage allows her to construct rural fantasy scenes that are not what they at first seem, by arranging and re-arranging papers from a variety of sources. Her technique involves a process of tearing images from fashion magazines and reworking them to create an imaginary scene. She also sometimes uses her own black and white photographs taken in local woodland, working into the final image with solvents to erase colour and build it up again with graphite pencil and oil paint.
She aims to create landscapes that are evocative and eerie.
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Our free, ‘Winter Postcard’ will be available to collect from Wivenhoe station and other locations in December.
Our congratulations go to Candyce Lange whose poem was selected for its simplicity and substance . The judges felt it was very current and liked the fact despite being thoughtful, it remained uplifting. There will be many people going ‘without’ or ‘making do’ this year. Candyce has been writing for years, lives in Clacton, and likes to hang out in Wivenhoe with friends. She can often be found at Poetry Wivenhoe.
Words Down the Line features local writing, is produced free of charge and given to commuters in Wivenhoe and beyond. The printing of Words Down the Line is currently funded by a small donation from Wivenhoe Soup and printed by The Press Gang in Brightlingsea.
The writing is edited and produced free of charge by Sue Dawes.
All the work included is also donated. We would love to be able to pay our writers and illustrators and are therefore looking for sponsorship. This could take the form of funding the whole project or simply giving one off donations for individual editions. We have produced ‘special’ editions in the past, and would be open to any ideas that came from supporting parties. We believe this would be a fantastic opportunity for any individual or company wishing to engage in this lively community project. Please contact us!
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This winter’s exhibition shows interiors and styling from Kay Prestney of Kinship Creative.
Bringing something of the urban into the countryside, Kay specialises in rustic Scandi-style design, using displays foraged from the natural environment, recycled furniture and other reclaimed artefacts. Her designs show, very much in the spirit of Willam Morris, that beauty can be accessible to all regardless of income. Not content with transforming the way we think about our homes, Kay also runs creative workshops in venues across North Essex, from lino printing to mindful mood boarding.
Here’s the version we posted today at Wivenhoe Station – thanks to Deborah Talbot and Sue Dawes for the design.
Here’s the online version of the postcard that Wivenhoe Creatives and Words Down The Line have produced. 500 copies will be winging their way around North Essex and beyond from the end of this week. If you want one, head down to Charmaine’s ArtSeaMusic festival stall at St Marys, Wivenhoe on Saturday 9th September.
By Sue Dawes
The summer edition of Words Down The Line is inspired by the recent UK general election, and is written around the concept of ‘Breaking Through’. The poems, all of high quality, were judged by Wivenhoe Councillor, GE candidate for Harwich and North Essex, and poetry enthusiast, Rosalind Scott.
Biographies of contributors
Bryan Thomas Bryan is a local architect. He has written poetry since his early twenties, and three years ago joined the Creative Writing group at The Wivenhoe Bookshop to learn about another funny endeavour – prose.
Lelia is an MA Creative Writing student at the University of Essex. She also has an MA in Multimedia Journalism and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Approaches. Lelia spent nearly 20 years working in the media in London, before deciding to focus on her creative writing. She mainly writes poetry about hidden voices in the Essex landscape. She has lived in Wivenhoe for 10 years, and has had several poems published in Words Down the Line. She has her own website Married to the Marshes.
Sarah has published two novels with Sandstone Press, The Insect Rosary and The Devil in the Snow. Her short stories have been published in print and online, most recently in the fairytale anthology, The Forgotten and the Fantastical 3. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing for the Open University.
George is originally from Scotland but has been adopted by Wivenhoe. He spends much of his time reading, writing, talking & walking in nature.