30 May - 14 June 2015

Walthamstow Poetry Trail

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. You can even get involved in creating a live poem on Twitter.

Our 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”. 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; Martin Adams; Ken Barlow; Michael Bowles; Ruth Calder Murphy; Joss Cran; Paula David; Mary Dawson; Angelena Demaria; Janet El Rayess; 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; Sanyukta Shestha; Peter Wilson; and Janet Wright.

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

We have Poetry events to mark the re-opening of the William Morris Gallery, home to the Victorian radical designer, craftsman and campaigner and an inspiration for our local and radical artistic heritage. After you have strolled along Hoe Street, keep your eyes peeled for Poems on Pavements as you can continue your trail to the William Morris Gallery where Forest Poets have been commissioned to create poems inspired by items in the museum collection. There’ll be musical readings and poetry tours of the gallery and you’ll be able to see the new poems on display alongside William Morris’s own poetry and items from the collection. We also welcome Michael Rosen talking about Poetry and Protest as well as local award-winning poet Pascale Petite who will join the Forest Poets for an evening of poetry and music.

And if that has whetted your appetite for more things poetic we have so much more! Celebrate Roald Dahl Day with arts and crafts and writing poetry at Higham Hill Library, or join two stars of the poetry scene Cheryl Moskowitz and Jacqueline Saphra for what promises to be an intimate and feisty evening of poetry at Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors.

The Poetry Anthology will be 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.

And finally, if you want to get a glimpse of the fine old letterpress printing press where our anthology and displays have been created, to inhale the smells of ancient printing presses and maybe hear the presses roll, drop in to Paekakariki Press where more illustrated poetry by local poets and artists will be on display.

Take a stroll along Hoe Street and enjoy the poetry on display in the estate agents’ windows at: Central, Churchill Estates, Churchill Lettings, Douglas Allen, Dwell, Haart of Walthamstow, James William, Kings Group, Ludlow Thompson, Outlook, Spencers, Strettons, Your Move and Winkworth and then pop down to William Morris Gallery to see some specially commissioned poems by Forest Poets inspired by items in the collection. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for Henrietta Lynch's "Poetry on Pavements".


The Walthamstow Poetry Trail is kindly sponsored by  

Copies of the poetry anthology (sponsored by Strettons, Winkworth, Churchill Lettings and Spencers estate egents) will be available to buy from Paekakariki Press and Mitre Studios at 4 Mitre Avenue, Greenleaf Road Walthamstow E17 6Q6; E17 Art House at 6-10 Church Hill Walthamstow E17 3RY and Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors at 34 Orford Road, Walthamstow E17 9NJ, Vestry House Museum and William Morris Gallery.

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

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