Throwback: Black Country Wench

As I mentioned in my last ‘throwback’ post, it was during my first university assignment, centred around ‘generations’, that I first began writing creatively about the Black Country. I had a fascination for the history and heritage of it all the factories, the workshops, the pits and the culture that has outlived it. Of course, I wasn’t alive during when the industry was at its peak, but I was nonetheless intrigued by the resonances it continues to have through dialect, art, and story.

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New Thread: Folkdays

The third and final of my new threads is something I am calling ‘Folkdays’. A portmanteau of the words ‘Folklore Fridays’, these posts will explore a little element of folk culture: folktales, lore, or anything I find that fits in with my current research.

As well as researching folklore for my own poetry, I am also currently writing an MA thesis on the subject of Shakespeare and the folktale. ‘Folkdays’ posts will be anything I feel would be interesting to share, from either side of my research. If you’re interested in this topic, all ‘Folkdays’ posts (and other bits and pieces not worthy of a full post) will be archived on my ‘blog’ page.

As the name suggests, these posts will appear on Fridays, though not every week!

Overhear Walking Tour

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with the Overhear Poetry app and Ben Waddington from Still Walking Festival, to develop a walking tour which combines an exploration of the city centre with a live poetry experience. Part guided tour, part poetry reading, and part writing workshop, the event was premiered over this past weekend, with a trial run on Saturday 26 October, and the real event on Sunday 27 October.

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