100 Women of Croome

Back in December – on 14th to be precise – it was 100 years to the day since women first voted, and I was back at Croome Court to see the new exhibitions. Having been involved in several projects there as poet and performer, I am proud to be one of the 100 Women of Croome whose portraits are projected in succession alongside Amy Jayne Hughes’ Garniture.

Arriving early, I took the opportunity to wander round the grounds and take a few photos. It’s such a beautiful place and there is always pop-up art inside the building. One of my previous projects was Plumlines, a series of poetry-writing workshops with schools, writers’ groups, history groups and Croome volunteers. Click here to read more about the work and the exhibition of paper poetry saplings.

If you fancy experiencing Croome from your armchair, then do listen to this podcast which I was commissioned to create 3 years ago, featuring some of Worcestershire’s finest poets. And if you would like to read my poems about Croome, you will find them in Don’t Oil The Hinges, published by Black Pear Press.

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A podcast & a poetry competition

A few months ago I succeeded in getting one of twelve Apples and Snakes commissions to create an hour-long podcast linking poetry and heritage. Mine is about the poetry work I have been doing at Croome Park and has just been uploaded. It features the work of nine poets including myself. To find out more and listen to it, follow the link below. I recorded and produced the whole thing myself and am really pleased with the outcome. I hope you enjoy it!

Poets at Croome

http://applesandsnakesblog.org/blog/home-cooking-poets-at-croome-by-heather-wastie

Also, see below for details of a free competition for Worcestershire poets:

Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe National Poetry Day Competition http://worcslitfest.co.uk/2015/07/30/worcestershire-litfest-fringe-national-poetry-day-competition/