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Walthamstow Poetry Trail Launches

September 5th 2012

We’re going wild about words once more in Walthamstow. For the second year of the Walthamstow Poetry Trail we bring poetry to public and private spaces all around E17. You can indulge your poetic impulses at readings, on the page, in windows, galleries and on pavements.

5th September:

Start your poetry trail Wed 5th September, 7.30-10pm with the launch of the printed anthology at Paekakariki Press, 4 Mitre Ave off Greenleaf Road (Venue 57 in the E17 Art Trail Guide). Enjoy readings from Forest Poets at this informal celebration. Get a glimpse of the fine old letterpress printing press where our anthology and displays have been created and inhale the smells of ancient printing presses. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Henrietta Lynch's "Poetry on Pavements".

See online for more on the Walthamstow Poetry Trail  www.e17arttrail.co.uk/poetrytrail

Upcoming events include:

Play The Goat: Short Plays with Big Surprises
Saturday 8 September
7.30- 10pm
Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub, 53 Hoe St
A night of short plays, poems and big surprises

Poetry Tour
Sunday 9 September
11.30am & 2.30pm
William Morris Gallery, Forest Road
Join the Forest Poets on a special tour of the galleries as they perform their new poems, which have been inspired by the William Morris Gallery’s collection. With musical accompaniment.
Free, no booking necessary

E17 Designers Market
Sunday 9 September
Asian Centre 18a Orford Road
Beautiful poetry anthologies from Paekakariki Press as well as other wonderful goodies from the E17 Designers.

Tales in the Tea Garden
Sunday 9 September
Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors, 34 Orford Road
Two stars of the London poetry scene, Cheryl Moskowitz and Jacqueline Saphra, come together for an intimate, warming and feisty evening of poetry that will stir, stimulate and delight.

Poetry Evening and WMG Late

Friday 14 September
7.30pm (Galleries open until 9pm)
William Morris Gallery, Forest Road
Local award-winning poet Pascale Petit joins the Forest Poets for an evening of poetry and music. Forest Poets will be reading their own new work inspired by the William Morris Gallery collection alongside some of William Morris’s own poetry. Pascale Petit’s latest collection, What the Water Gave Me, inspired by the paintings of Frida Kahlo, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and for Wales Book of the Year.
Free, booking recommended

Roald Dahl Day Arts and Crafts
Saturday 15 September
10am – 4pm
Higham Hill Library, North Countess Road
Giant fun at Waltham Forest libraries! Help us to celebrate Roald Dahl Day by writing a poem and helping to create a dream display.

Paekakariki Press
Saturday 1, Sunday 2, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September
10am – 6pm
Exhibition of letterpress printing equipment and poetry by local poets illustrated by local artists plus “Places”, prints by Kate Hardy.

The Poetry Anthology is on sale from outlets across E17 including William Morris Gallery, Vestry House Museum, Paekakariki Press, E17 Art House (where you can also buy prints of the cover artwork by Kirsten Schmidt), Waterstones and Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors. But if you want to combine your anthology purchase with a bit of gift shopping why not pop along to the E17 Designers Market where there will be more of Paekakariki’s beautifully crafted anthologies on sale as well as a feast of local crafts. And while you are in the shopping mood, why not head down to Wood St Indoor Market where screenprinting, flower bouquets and poetry come together at Anja Jane & Coffee.

Estate Agents along Hoe Street are adding rhyme to their residential sales as they display poems written specially for this year’s Art Trail on the theme of “Bestow”.

 See map online here.

We welcome poets of all ages and experience to the Trail. Local poets and artists have collaborated to create illustrated poems that will be on display along the street and collected in a printed anthology. The display prints and anthology have been created by Paekakariki Press, Walthamstow’s very own fine letterpress printers. Take a stroll along the street and you’ll find poems by: pupils at George Mitchell Primary School; pupils at George Mitchell Secondary School; Forest Poets; Ken Barlow; Michael Bowles; Ruth Calder Murphy; Joss Cran; Paula David; Mary Dawson; Angelena Demaria; Lulu Fletcher; Maureen Gallaccio; David Hall; Danny Herbert; Linda Hughes; Diana Korchien; Heike Kroll; Wendy Le Ber; Paul McGrane; Dave Pearson; Julie Ridlington; Sue Roe; Stevey Scullion; Michael Shann; Sofia Shann; Peter Wilson; and Janet Wright.

Collaborating artists include: Anna Alcock. Valeria Bateson; Matilda Bevan; Carne Griffiths; Kate Hardy; Carl Harris; Rachel I’Anson; Cristian Mantio; Helen Porter; and Emma Whyte.


Poetry Trail Sponsors

The poetry anthology is sponsored by Strettons, Winkworth, Churchill Lettings and Spencers estate agents.

Many thanks to project curator Penny Rutterford and Matt McKenzie of Paekakariki Press for creating the art prints and anthology.



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