The Grinlow Poetry Trail
18th and 19th July 2015
Running alongside the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail, we spilled words through the woods, threading poems between crocheted cups, very small peg-doll fairies, giant toadstools, occasional dinosaurs, paintings and people
There was something everywhere it seemed, under feet, over heads, ragged crows flying through the trees, a haiku shrubbery
We ran this first Poetry Trail separate from the Art and Storytelling trail as we didn't know if there would be enough interest in it to make a viable feature. There was. It did. It worked. Maybe next year we'll knit the art, storytelling and poetry together even more closely. Most visitors didn't separate one from the other and of course there were poems that were part of the art trail and storytellers who appeared in both….it's too easy to ramble here so I'll stop and paste in the Review of the Trail from the Festival Fringe below
And when you are feeling wildly inspired by all of this, you might like to get a copy of the Well-wooded words collection of poems. A modest £3.50 (includes P&P) from Stone and Water. Cheques to Stone and Water at 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ. Paypal is possible - drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you details
Grinlow Poetry Trail review
The poetry trail was an enormous success. It was well attended with people taking a great interest in the poems as well as the art and the storytelling. It was enhanced greatly by the piano accordion player walking around and other musicians playing in the woods, which at first I heard from a distance. There was also a surprise performance of a choir at 1.30 pm singing four well known songs.
The art and poetry lived happily side by side. In one area there was a row of paintings showing mainly urban scenes each with a corresponding poem on the same subject. There was also a mushroom area with many poems about fairies not far away.
There was a great range of contributors, from people who wrote the occasional poem, to poets with more than a local reputation, through to the immortals like Shakespeare and Virgil.
The subjects included descriptions and feelings provoked by Grinlow Woods, works about the beauty and magic of woodlands, invitations to visit places nearby and poems about tragedies caused by drug-taking. Not all viewed nature as a source of joy. Some dwelt on less pleasant elements related to woodlands and nature such as trees fighting against the elements for survival.
One of my favourite sets of poems was written on large banners which were very eye-catching. The poems are about nature being in a constant state of flux and the poet’s thoughts became absorbed with the process. The poet tries to guess where the raindrops will fly and where they will rebound.
Another of my favourite poems dealt with a human relationship, making analogies with the progression of the seasons.
It all took place in a very beautiful environment with good weather which brought about much social interaction between the viewers.