My involvement in the Impressions of the Past project continues! A big, varied group of families and individuals from the local community converged to meet ceramicist Ruth Gibson and I in Pontesbury a couple of weeks ago. We all walked up through the green lanes and footpaths to Poles Coppice. Ruth got everyone making clay impressions, and I handed out Poem Notes booklets. Everyone set off to explore and write and make.
out of an owl’s eye/ the different/ views of winter
(part of a poem I put together using words the participants gave me up at Poles Coppice – you can read it here).
At lunchtime, we all headed back down to Pontesbury Public Hall, where archaeologists Mike and Teri gave a talk and slide show. Seriously channelling the Iron Age now, everyone set to and created new poems –
and I wrote one based on words I’d collected from the participants during the walk.