March 2008

Opportunity to take part in prestige Paston project

Posted by Tim Lenton on 31 March 2008 at 17:34 in Journal

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If you are an artist or a writer, you can explore a fascinating area of Norfolk, past and present, and discover more about new types of printmaking by taking part in workshops in the coming months. If you are interested, please contact Annette Rolston at or Lucy Care of the Paston Heritage Society at, or write for our leaflet and booking forms to Mrs L Care, Dayspring, Mundesley Road, Paston, Norfolk, NR28 9TE.

Dates for workshops:

• Sunday 13th April, 10 am – 4 pm
• Sunday 11th May, 10am – 4 pm
• Saturday 31st May, 10 am – 4 pm
• Sunday 29th June, 10 am – 4 pm
• Wednesday 23rd July, 10 am – 4 pm

All workshops will take place at The Barn, Dayspring, Paston, and be led by Annette Rolston. A variety of printing techniques may be used, including non-toxic intaglio printing and collagraph – if you would like to discuss this further, please contact Annette. Workshops cost £20 a day (concessions £10), materials are included in the cost and drinks will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.

The workshops will explore both the world of the Paston letters and the landscape and buildings of Paston today. There will be opportunities for collaborative work with artists or writers on the project, or to work alone and be assisted by the printers in the production of plates for the book.

In October, at the end of the project, participating writers will have the opportunity to have a piece of work included in the hand-bound book that will form the centrepiece of the autumn exhibition. If you’d like to take part, you’d need to attend at least one workshop. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome: published or unpublished, experienced or beginners. All you need is enthusiasm for this wonderful project, and a willingness to produce work informed by this unique source material.

If you would like to book for a workshop, please contact Lucy Care at Dayspring, Mundesley Road, Paston NR28 9TE, or email

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Paston Medieval Fair huge success

Posted by Tim Lenton on 25 March 2008 at 15:23 in Journal

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Annette Rolston and Tim Lenton ran a poetry and print workshop at the Paston Medieval Fair and Open Day on Easter Saturday - March 22. Despite Arctic weather conditions, including a day-long gale and occasional blizzards, the event attracted an amazing 800 or so people to St Margaret's Church. At least we were inside the church: some medieval characters were camping in the graveyard, which I think is what is known as a near-death experience.

This was part of InPrint's participation in the Paston Project, which aims to produce a hand-made book of poetry and visual art, and an exhibition in the autumn. On this occasion children and a few adults made letters and bookmarks illustrated and printed, with technical assistance from Annette and encouragement from Tim, whose grandchildren turned up late in the day to join in. Other members of InPrint present were Lisa D'Onofrio, with her family, and Caroline Gilfillan. Rupert Mallin also came along at the outset with some welcome encouragement and a helping hand or two.

The workshop was a bit pushed for space between the font and the refreshments, and we caught only a glimpse of the other things that were going on, such as medieval dancing, tours of the church, metal stamping and skinning a rabbit in the church porch. Mud was an additional hazard as we unloaded and loaded up again, and by the end of the day we all felt pretty medieval. But we were delighted at the degree of interest from all and sundry.

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Pictures from Paston

Posted by Tim Lenton on 24 March 2008 at 16:17 in Journal

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Pictures taken at a workshop for artists at The Barn, Paston, as part of the year-long Paston Project.

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