Aug 1, 2012

The E17 POETRY trail

If all the art that will be bestowed on Walthastow isn’t big enough, this years accompanying Poetry trail is bigger and thicker than ever, with a host of poets presenting work in shop windows, holding workshops, giving  performances and even hiding poems that you can find on the streets, literally. The great thing about the poetry trail is that published poets come alongside new writers alongside children’s work…a great blend of writing talent that will please anyone with a sweet prose tooth. I could describe more of it, but it has already been done so vividly by the project coordinator Penny Rutterford:

‘The Walthamstow Poetry Trail brings poetry to public and private spaces all around E17. Indulge your poetic impulses at readings, on the page, in windows, galleries on pavements and tweets. Estate Agents along Hoe Street are adding rhyme to their residential sales as they display illustrated poems. Stroll along the street and you’ll find poems by local poets of all ages and experience including some from Forest Poets and pupils at George Mitchell Primary and Secondary Schools.

Keep your eyes peeled for Henrietta Lynch’s “Poems on Pavements” as you discover poetry talks and readings to truly thrill your senses. An anthology of the poems will be on sale from outlets across E17. But if you want to combine your purchase with a spot of gift shopping then pop along to the E17 Designers Market where more examples of carefully crafted anthologies by  Paekakariki Press  will be on sale. Maybe make a beeline to Wood St. Indoor Market  where screenprinting, flower bouquets and poetry come together at Anja Jane & Coffee . While families can celebrate Roald Dahl Day with workshops at Higham Hill Library.

And finally, drop in to Paekakariki Press to get a glimpse of the fine old letterpress printing press where our anthology and displays have been created, inhale the smells of ancient printing presses and maybe hear the presses roll.’

Keep your eye on this blog for some more  poetic previews, some specifics on some events and even a sneaky little glimpse at some work! Now the website is live and you almost have your guides, you can also check out where exactly the Trails 'walk through the valley of Estate Agents' is: The Poetry Trail Map.

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