Poetry workshops

No posts for ages then a flurry! I’m running some poetry workshops leading up to Kidderminster Arts Festival when my good friend Sarah Tamar will be running one too. Here’s some info. Click on it to enlarge the photo:

Poetry workshops flyer

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#BehindtheArt for #MuseumWeek

Museum of carpet

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme on Twitter is #BehindtheArt.  All over the world, curators and collections staff are showing images from behind the scenes.

We thought you might like to see a few shots of how it looked behind the scenes here at Stour Mill before we opened in 2012; before the builders got to work on creating the  new home of the Museum of Carpet.  Hard to believe these were taken only 3 years ago!

What they reveal now is the wonderful amount of light in the building, even on a gloomy day: essential to the weaving industry in order to reduce the costs and hazards of lighting before the days of electricity.

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Working Women in Kidderminster

I regularly perform for Alzheimer’s Society cafes. In January I was booked to do a performance/workshop for the Kidderminster group and, for obvious reasons, focused on the carpet industry. Here are the lyrics to a short song which quotes some of the women who were there that day. The photos, taken by Liz Evans, are from a session at a day centre for people with dementia, Among Friends, also in Kidderminster.

I’ve added a new poem by Eric Harvey to the Your Stories page. It’s an atmospheric piece called Memories of a Draw Boy.

Heather Wastie at Among Friends 1

 

 

 

Working women in Kidderminster

Clocking in early
or clocking in late.
Shopping in the town at lunch time,
passing through the gate.

Reelers, Doffers, Colour finders,
Pickers, Weavers, Setters, Winders.
Working women in Kidderminster.

Laughing with good yarnHeather Wastie at Among Friends 2
or struggling with bad.
Independent working women.
Such good times we had.

Reelers, Doffers, Colour finders,
Pickers, Weavers, Setters, Winders.
Working women in Kidderminster.

© Heather Wastie
January 2014