We have 3 upcoming walks in
partnership with Wolverhampton
Literature Festival and
StillWalking.org on the following
We’re doing these walk in late January/Feb, so please dress appropriately for the weather, and with suitable footwear. If you’re the sort of person who likes to take notes (for future writing?) bring a pad and pen!
Steve Pottinger - 26th Jan - Meet: Corser St Park & Ride, beneath the ‘flame’ sculpture.
What does a poet find to inspire her/him on a late January day in Wolverhampton? How do they see the city and its spaces? Where is the magic and the wonder in the humdrum of our urban, post-industrial world? Do any of us really notice the places we drive past or travel through every day? Join poet Steve Pottinger on a walk just off the edges of the everyday, and discover what there is to be found in the liminal spaces we – all too often – don’t allow into our lives.
About Steve: I’m a performance poet and writer based in Willenhall, and part of Wolverhampton poetry collective Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists. My work has been widely published, and won prizes, and I’ve performed all over the UK. My sixth volume of poems (as yet untitled) will be on sale from Spring 2020.
I AM... takes you on a journey of both commemorated and un-commemorated first female political leaders in Wolverhampton who stood for change and promoted inclusivity and community. It asks the question of who they were and are and how we can stand together in the memory of their actions. It offers the opportunity for discussion, celebration and to be present with our fellow community and to ask ‘Who we are’ and what we think should be remembered. You are encouraged and welcome to wear white.
About Hannah: Hannah Mary realises her research within live actions or installations activated by performance exploring trauma, neurosis and catharsis through public engagement in the act of ritual. Her focus is on inclusivity and a removal of institutional bias within power structures by providing spaces to question how these structures contribute to the age of anxiety and its manifestation within the body. Hannah graduated with a MA in Contemporary Art Practise Performance from the Royal College of Art in 2019.
Jeff Phelps - 2nd Feb - Meet: beneath clock outside House of Fraser, 71-78 Victoria St WV1 3PQ
Participants are invited to observe and imagine on this informal walk around the city’s squares and public spaces: old and established, new or neglected.. What they might have been like and what they might become. How might we write about these sometimes hidden or overlooked places? Participants will be encouraged to observe, respond and share at several open spaces en route. Unexpected pieces of writing will emerge – fragments that can be used later - as well as Jeff’s own work read in appropriate spaces.
About Jeff: Jeff Phelps is a poet, novelist and short story writer. His work has appeared in London Magazine, Stand, The Rialto and in many magazines and anthologies. His collection of poems, Wolverhampton Madonna, is published by Offa’s Press. He worked as an architect in Wolverhampton for more than thirty years before leaving to concentrate on his writing.