Pausing for breath – and still smiling – between orders in Stoke-on-Trent for the Appetite Festival. A shift in the Poetry Takeaway van is one series writing workout, full of surprising requests and ‘more tears than a Lassie boxset’ (as quoted by Mike, the poetry head chef).
I’ll be back in Stoke on Saturday 17th October with the wonderful Clayground Collective reading poems about my impressions of Stoke as a place, its coal history, about pottery as part of the British Ceramics Biennial alongside Elisabeth Charis and Barry Taylor at The Original Spode Factory Site.
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Clay Cargo: Digging Deeper
Sat 17 October
Readings by poets Rachel Long, Elisabeth Charis and Barry Taylor.
Clayground Collective’s three-year project Clay Cargo project investigated the connections between clay and the waterways over three years. It connected with the community, on the water, at three locations.
Come and hear three poem-responses to: Middleport Pottery at Stoke-on-Trent; Doulton’s ex-clay pit at Saltwells Nature Reserve, Dudley; and the Thames Foreshore, London.
This is the first time these works will be read in full. There will be chances to creatively respond with clay to each.
Rachel’s poems conjure impressions of her first ever visit to Stoke, to Burleigh and Steelite factories and the city’s post-industrial realities; Elisabeth ponders the ancient origins and qualities of clay from the depths of Doulton’s former pit and nearby canal at Saltwells; Barry visits the Thames foreshore and explores London’s history in ceramic fragments found there.
Join us for an inspiring session demonstrating the power of clay to be a catalyst for new creative endeavours.
Free event, suitable for ages 16 and over.