Sunday, 17 November 2013

SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS - Swan Poems, Illustrated faces, and Wisbech Fen Speak

Well, we're over half way through November, and it feels like we're hurtling towards the end of the year without any breaks! The weather has taken a decidedly cold turn, there are Christmas decorations in all the shops, and leaves have disappeared from the trees. Still, there's plenty of time left in 2013 for poetry!

This week I wrote a piece about swans for the Flock Together community arts project at the Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The guys at Welney do a massive amount of work for the conservation of migrating swan species, and public engagement officer Samantha Lee and freelance creative consultant Karen Harvey organised Flock Together as a fantastic way to help visitors and community groups learn about these beautiful birds.

The team are busy delivering creative workshops to local schools and community groups, and the work generated from these sessions will be collated by Karen to create a steel sculpture, inspired by the Welney swans.

It's a great project, and a really creative way to get people interested in conservation and the environmental issues surrounding the habitats of the swans that use the Ouse marshes.

My poem, Mythology, was used as a base for leaf and feather printing during the open workshop at the Swan Day celebrations. Sadly, I couldn't make it to the workshop myself, but Karen was kind enough to take some photographs of the artwork for me, and I really love the results! These are just a few of my favourites:  





Also this week, my dear friend Hannah Radenkova made me a beautiful illustrated version of myself for the website!

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I've been a huge fan of Hannah's work since we meet fifteen years ago, and I'm just itching to collaborate with her on more poetry and art projects in the future!

Hannah is a fantastic artist, who takes on all manner of illustration work, so if you'd like to speak to her about your own commission, you should check out her website: hannahradenkova.co.uk.

She is also part of Hurdy Gurdy, an international group of illustrators that offer illustration and art based workshops and projects around the world. So far, the group have worked in Poland, and here in the UK, giving workshops at both the Museum of London and the University of the Arts. Last year, they also did a fantastic Countdown to Christmas, a sort of illustrated Advent calendar in the run up to the big day.

I really hope they do it again this year!

Anyway, you can see the full version of the illustration by checking out the 'About Leanne' tab along the top of the blog. Let me know what you think!


NEXT WEEK:
On Wednesday 20th November, the Wisbech and Fenland Museum will be hosting the second ever Fen Speak Poetry Open Mic Night!  

We're giving you the opportunity to share your work with other like-minded creative people, developing your performing skills in a friendly and supportive environment. It's also a fantastic chance to take a look round one of the country's oldest purpose-built museums, and check out some of the more unusual exhibits during the interval!
 
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Entry to the open mic is free and there are still plenty of slots on the list, if you'd like to get up and have a go! Writers of all ages and abilities are welcome, and best of all, there's no obligation to perform! (Although we do encourage everyone to take the plunge!)

The doors to the museum will open at 7:30pm, and the open mic will begin at 8pm. See you there!

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