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.
This summer’s visual exhibition features the work of Wivenhoe’s Railway Glass Studio, based in the Wivenhoe Business Centre.
The Railway Glass Studio comprises five artists – Alison Chapman, Sue Davies, Anna Popkin, Jenny Spillane and Claudia Uller – all trained by the late Rosella Chester at her workshop in Barrack Street, Colchester.
They specialise in classical techniques of lead and copper foil stained glass and fused glass, namely panels, objects and jewellery. The work is original and individual to each of them. They are happy to accept commissions, repairs and offer tuition in stained glass techniques.
Their work has been shown at the Mercury Theatre Colchester, the Guild Hall in Lavenham, the Glass Bead Exhibition Colchester and the Artist Market at Firstsite. They regularly take part in Essex/Suffolk Open Studios and various artists markets throughout the year.
Contact details for commissions: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ Tel: 01206 271039.
Platform 1’s Poetry Cabinet is entitled Sea Glass, and was written by Lelia Ferro. Design by Deborah Talbot (original photo Wokandapix).
If you would like more information on the Off the Rails project, or would like to organise an exhibition, get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Somewhat belatedly, here is the Off the Rails ‘Wild About Wivenhoe’ exhibition, featuring wildlife photography by Glyn Evans, poetry by Broomgrove Juniors and children’s work from art and craft classes at Duck Duck Goose at Little Bentley.
For further information or if you would like Off the Rails to host an exhibition, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Sue Dawes
Words Down The Line presents a special edition featuring ‘wild poetry’ from local poets and children at Broomgrove School, for the Wild About Wivenhoe festival.
By Sue Dawes
The spring edition of WDTL is now at Wivenhoe station. It features writing donated by Helen Chambers, Pauline Rendall and Jonathan King and is free to take with you on your travels. The theme is the ‘unexpected’. The leaflet was edited and produced by Sue Dawes.
By Lelia Goldsmith
Married to the Marshes is a poetry and art project focused on celebrating hidden female voices in Essex and Suffolk both real and imagined, with a view to publishing a poetry anthology in late 2017.
Through interviews, research, local literature, and collaborations with other artists, the goal is to create a body of work and a website which represents and inspires the local community. The more diverse the contributors, the more interesting the project.
One of my favourite songs is Mrs Bartolozzi by Kate Bush from the album Aerial. She depicts a washing machine and a clothesline in the most poetic way. These ordinary objects so often overlooked, come to represent tenderness and home.