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Change of direction and media for Joan

Posted by Joan Murray on 18 October 2011 at 15:41

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Joan Murray lives and works in Lowestoft, England; the most easterly town in Britain. She explores her chosen themes through a wide variety of materials. Her artistic practice includes drawing, ceramics and sculpture.

Joan’s new work demonstrates another change of direction and media. Her latest theme, inspired by her seaside home, has taken her into the colourful world of textiles.

The project is directly connected to her local environment. Her textile hangings are based on views from her beach hut. Joan uses pastel and watercolour to capture the changing light along the Suffolk coast; these notes are later translated into fabric. The work starts as a patchwork of colours, usually built up in cotton material. Layers are then added using textured fabrics, ribbons and lace. The final additions of thread work and buttons completes the hanging.

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Founder-member active in Australia

Posted by Lisa D'Onofrio on 28 September 2011 at 13:28

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Poet Lisa D’Onofrio has recently returned to Melbourne after 17 years. She is a literature activist and literacy advocate, and is currently directing the Castlemaine Children’s Literature Festival, as well as running a literacy project for St Luke's. She has recently perfomed in Poetry Idol for the Melbourne Writers Festival. A recent poem can be seen here.

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Angels at Barton Turf

Posted by Tim Lenton on 22 September 2011 at 14:41

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This summer I was commissioned to write a poem for Art Alive in Churches, a Norfolk initiative linking churches with artistic and community projects. Did you know that Norfolk has more medieval churches and rood screens (which used to separated the chancel and altar from the nave) than any other place in the world? No: neither did I. But, full of curiosity I bowled over to the church or St Michael and All Angels at Barton Turf, to marvel at one of the best preserved rood screens in the country, and wrote a poem (below) to celebrate the painter of the angels that are depicted on the screens. It was exhibited, beside photographs of the rood screen and paintings by Maz Jackson, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.

June, July and August found me working as poet-in-residence at Natural Surroundings, a small and beautiful nature reserve at Bayfield near Holt. I wrote poems, ran workshops and hosted readings in the café. A beautiful place that deserves your support.

Annette Rolston and I ran a brilliant workshop at Burlingham Hall, in which we combined poetry and print. Run over two days, most of the first was devoted to writing short pieces inspired by the setting, then these poems were combined with artwork to make prints on the second day.

The next few months are going to be busy for me. I’ll be running a Life Writing workshop as part of the COAST Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival on Wednesday 26 October from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 pm. Details from www.casaf.co.uk Early October will find me running a reminiscence project with patients of the Mile End Hospital. I’m also offering a memoir writing course in Burnham Market in October and November, on Tuesday mornings. If interested, please email me on Caroline.Gilfillan@btinternet.com

I’ve got my nose stuck into the Diary of Samuel Pepys right now as I’m drafting a series of poems about his life and his family. The poems will appear in my new collection, to be published by Hawthorn Press in 2012. I’m also working on a series of poems based on earlier flings, affairs and great loves (which could be risky, but is certainly interesting).

Click here for Poem commissioned for Art Alive 2011

Caroline Gilfillan

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Annette is in fashion

Posted by Tim Lenton on 21 September 2011 at 22:59

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Artist Annette Rolston has moved into the world of fashion and was featured in a full-page article in the Norwich Evening News on September 6. She is collaborating (in the spirit of InPrint) with Lizzie Wenman, a Diss girl fresh out of college, to design a collection for Norwich Fashion Week.

But she says: “I don’t feel that I have made a transition from artist to fashion designer. I regard myself as more of a textile designer, and the move into fashion is a natural development of my work.”

Their designs can be seen at Ethika at the Open Store event, during Norwich Fashion Week, on September 27. For more information, visit the Ethika website and the Norwich Fashion Week website, www.ethika.co.uk and www.en24.co.uk/nfw.

Meanwhile she and fellow InPrint artist Mike Fenton are taking part in the Waveney Springs Open Studios. They are at the Two Fish Gallery, Bridge Green Farm, Gissing Rd, Burston, IP22 5UD. Phone number is 01379 740528

Annette’s artwork is also featured in the new crafts and vintage inspired shop, Purple Door, at 7 Cobbs Yard, Diss, IP22 4EP. Email sarahbush3@yahoo.co.uk

or phone: 01379 651245.

The Modern Menagerie show, in which Annette collaborated with Di Griffiths and bookbinder Judith Ellis, has moved from the Cork Brick gallery in Bungay to the Singing Soul Gallery at Cranbrook in Kent.

Meanwhile poet Caroline Gilfillan has completed her summer as poet-in-residence in the beautiful setting of the Natural Surroundings café and gardens at Bayfield, near Holt. Among other things she is now working with InPrint poet Tim Lenton and others on a new Paston project.

The aim is to produce new poems and artwork for a second book inspired by the Paston letters and history. This will be a lower key affair than the £1000 handmade book produced three years ago and which was on show most recently at Blofield Church on September 10, but the aim is partly to look at the later Pastons as well as the Pastons in Norwich and at Oxnead. If all goes well, the new book will be on sale at Dragon Hall’s Paston Weekend in Norwich in November.

The redesigned Paston website can be found at www.pastonheritage.co.uk.

Tim is at present also involved with the Waveney and Blyth arts project, which is based on the two rivers and surrounding areas. He wrote some poems and took photographs for the Soulscape presentation at the Seagull Theatre in Lowestoft on September 2. He will also be judging a poetry competition.

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Artist and poets active in workshops and exhibitions

Posted by Tim Lenton on 2 June 2011 at 16:55

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InPrint poets and artists are still alive and active as summer draws near. You can find poet/artist Rupert Mallin involved in Open Studios with his studio colleague Martin Laurance in Norwich this weekend (June 4, 5: 10am - 5pm). Paintings, drawings, prints, cards, texts and visuals in boxes are on offer at Studio 15B, Fitt Signs, 60 - 62 Pitt Street, Norwich NR3 1DF - close to Anglia Square. Parking is available. Please text or phone 07506 845 979 or 07775 870 392 on arrival and you can be signed into the building. This is the last of three weekends.


Also this weekend there is the chance to enjoy poetry in the beautiful setting of the Natural Surroundings café and gardens at Bayfield, near Holt, where InPrint poet Caroline Gilfillan is poet-in-residence this summer. There will be featured poets and ‘open mic’ – so if you are a poet, bring something to read. Café is open beforehand for snacks and light meals, and during the event for coffee etc.

This Sunday, June 5, David North and Bob Ward are the featured poets. On July 3 it will be James Knox Whittet, and on August 7 Graham High. Natural Soundings runs on a ‘pass the hat’ basis, with a suggested minimum contribution of £2. Before each reading Caroline will lead Creative Writing Workshops. June 5, Poetry: Wildlife & Nature; July 3, Stories: The Little House in the Woods; August 7, Life Writing: Natural Memories. The workshops run from 2.30 to 4pm, £7 each or £20 for all three. Booking is essential for the workshops, in person at Natural Surroundings or via 01263 711091, 01328 855545 ns@kelling.plus.com or caroline.gilfillan@btinternet.com.


Caroline is also involved in a unique two-day workshop to be held at Burlingham Hall in rural Norfolk, on Thursday, June 16 and Friday June 17, 10am - 4pm each day. The unique location features a walled garden, chickens and beehives, which is poetry in itself. Spend the first day with Caroline, creating poetry and capturing the moment. How often do we just drift along paying little attention to what is around us? Using simple exercises and exploring different forms we’ll draft some poems that catch what often slips past unnoticed.

Then the following day create exciting mixed media prints and large greetings cards that incorporate your poetry. Combine the techniques listed below, using a portable etching press and professional equipment under the guidance of tutor and InPrint artist Annette Rolston. This is a fascinating way to build up your own individual printed creations incorporating words. Create engraved stencils, or carve a linocut image to make a stamp. Print beautiful impressions of leaves, feathers and grasses. Use collage techniques by glueing text and found images.Add background colour to your prints with ink rolling and spongeing techniques. Add extra text by writing through transfer paper that you make yourself! Each day enjoy a fabulous homemade lunch, with homemade cakes for refreshments too. If you book online there is a discount, £165 for the two days (reduced from £180). Click on the link below to see details, images and book a place.




is also one of three painters/printmakers who have an exhibition at the Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay for a month starting on June 10. The other two are Diane Griffiths and Georgina Warne, and the exhibition is entitled A Modern Menagerie. The gallery is at 6 Earsham Street, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1AG, phone 01986 894873, and it is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5.30pm.


Meanwhile, the Paston Project continues, and plans are being made for a weekend at Blofield Church in September and a week at Dragon Hall, Norwich, in November. InPrint artist Annette will be involved with both, running workshops with InPrint poets Tim Lenton and with Caroline. Tim is meeting with the Dragon Hall representative and with Lucy Care, Paston Heritage Society co-ordinator, next week to progress plans.

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Poetry at the Seagull

Posted by Tim Lenton on 28 February 2011 at 16:23

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Bit late, but in the interests of thoroughness I should report that two InPrint poets read together at an evening of poetry and music in Lowestoft at the end of January. Tim Lenton and Rupert Mallin were on the bill at the Seagull Theatre for an informal and intimate evening introduced by Ian Fosten. They each performed a number of poems in two slots – though Tim nearly got omitted second time round when the order was rejigged. Perhaps Ian was trying to tell him something! A similar evening is being organised for around Easter, though no details are available yet.

(Oh yes they are. In the event Rupert was unable to attend, but Tim read again on Easter Sunday.)

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Two InPrint poets at Aldeburgh

Posted by Tim Lenton on 11 November 2010 at 12:09

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For the second year running, two InPrint poets ran into each other at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival (November 5-7). With so many events on offer, it was hardly surprising that they were together in an audience only once. Here are their reactions.

Caroline Gilfillan

Who to see? What to choose? Those are the first questions. I started off with a short take from Luke Kennard, who suggested we add to our poet’s toolkit the courage to admit to envy, resentment and other ignoble emotions. “Tell it how it is,” was his message – one I agree with. My next encounter was with the poet and performer Inua Ellams, who held the audience captive with a one-man show that mingled poetry with magical realist story-telling.

After half an hour for a swift drink I was back to listen to Bernard Kops, Dorianne Laux and John Glenday. Bernard Kops’ moving tribute to the Whitechapel Library, Aldgate East kick-started a set that mixed sharp satire with recollections of a full poetic life, including a poem that recounted the story of finding Allen Ginsberg plus lover in his bed in Israel. Unmissable. Dorianne Laux gave us (among other things) a hymn to passionate honeymoon sex on a long road trip. John Glenday took us to all corners of the globe, including the Arctic shores of Baring Island.

Half an hour later I joined in the waves of laughter breaking round the hall as Elvis McGonagall read us his sharp and erudite poems. Then (what was I thinking of?) I hurried through the starry night to the Open Mic event. This offered up the usual mix of the banal, the bonkers and the beautiful. I got chased off the stage by Martin Figura in white gloves, as I approached the limits of each reader’s two-minute stage time. Splendid.

Sunday was quieter. I caught John Glenday’s appreciation of American Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, whose tribute to “Blandeur” concealed a sting beneath its sleek form. Finally, I sat in on the masterclass led by Bill Manhire which discussed poems by three upcoming young poets, and offered incisive thoughts on what were already excellent poems. Then it was home with a full notebook, and a full heart. I’ll definitely be back next year.

Tim Lenton

I started on the Friday night with three stunning poets, opening with J O Morgan, a Scot who won the first collection prize last year and has a rhythmic storytelling style that reminded me of Dylan Thomas but is very much his own; it was no surprise that his book had sold out by the second day. Then Matthew Caley, who engaged the audience with fresh wit and carefully crafted wisdom; and Don Paterson, with his tight, clean, rather academic style.

Don Paterson featured again on the Saturday, chairing a discussion on the poet’s toolkit which included Bill Manhire, Marie Howe and Lars Gustafsson. Some good stuff there, with stray remarks opening new gates. Later I heard John Irons on the difficulties of translating poetry: as a musician he was very concerned with getting the pulse right, but I wondered if the precision of the words wasn’t equally important. Excellent session.

The evening session was where I coincided with Caroline. John Glenday made the biggest impression me, but Bernard Kops was admittedly brilliant. Exhausted after two bad nights, I sadly had to miss Caroline’s late-night reading and the white gloves of Martin Figura, but I did make it to Don Paterson’s Sunday morning lecture on Robert Frost. This turned out to be rather esoteric but compelling enough, especially if you bought into his philosophy, which I didn’t.

All-in-all, an exciting weekend. Like Caroline, I hope to return next year – and run into her again.

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'So good' InPrint poet wins East Anglian Book Award

Posted by Tim Lenton on 24 October 2010 at 17:12

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Poetry reading at the launch of The Pastons’ Country book and exhibition at the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival on October 23 was given added impact by the presence of a winner in the EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards.

InPrint poet Caroline Gilfillan won the poetry section with her recently published poetry book Yes (Hawthorn Press), which explores love and loss through a deep engagement with the natural world. Judge Professor Jean Boase-Beier , head of the UEA's school of literature and creative writing, said on giving her the award: "There is wonderful use of sound and imagery, near-perfect control of language. A poet who works hard, and makes the reader work hard. This poetry is so good."

Caroline, who lives at Fakenham, read one of her poems that appears in The Pastons' Country as an opener to the reading in the Garden Gallery, and in typically modest fashion chose a poem by someone else as her second contribution. This was by Lucy Care, the instigator of the Paston project, who is at present in hospital.

Tim Lenton of InPrint also read at the event, as did some of the others who contributed to the Paston book: Rob Knee, Dot Cobley and Adrian Ward. A dozen people attended on a wet and stormy evening.

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Pastons' Country at Coast – poetry reading

Posted by Tim Lenton on 14 October 2010 at 17:18

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The Pastons’ Country book and exhibition will be on display at the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival from October 23 to 26 at the Garden Gallery, Garden Street, Cromer. On the evening of the 23rd, the Gallery will hold a launch night with poetry readings and an opportunity to meet some of the artists involved in making the book.

Following the exhibition, as part of the ‘Unusual art in unusual places exhibition’, the Paston Heritage Society's Lucy Care will be holding Open Studios at the Barn printing studio, Paston to demonstrate some of the techniques used in making the book.

The COAST exhibition (http://www.casaf.co.uk) runs from the 23rd to the 31st October and features art, film, sculpture trails and interactive workshops, including glass and mosaic.

InPrint poet Tim Lenton has become a trustee of the Paston Heritage Society.

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Successful workshop to launch Oxburgh Hall exhibition

Posted by Tim Lenton on 4 September 2010 at 21:38

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An art/poetry workshop led by InPrinters Annette Rolston and Tim Lenton helped to launch the Paston exhibition at Oxburgh Hall on Saturday, September 4.

The combination of a superb setting and good weather attracted many people to the hall, and six people attended the workshop, including Paston book artist Kit Price-Moss and Tim's wife Dot. They produced some excellent poems which were combined under the expert guidance of Annette with various kinds of art to produce some exciting prints, which they were able to take away.

For more information, see our previous Journal entry, plus websites for the Paston Heritage Society and Oxburgh Hall.

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