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Annette is in fashion

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

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Annette in fashion View image

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 in Journal

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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.

NATURAL SURROUNDINGS

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.

BURLINGHAM HALL

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.

http://www.burlinghamhall.co.uk/studio-poetry-and-print.html


A MODERN MENAGERIE

Annette

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.



PASTON IN NORWICH

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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'So good' InPrint poet wins East Anglian Book Award

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

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Caroline Gilfillan: wonderful use of sound and imagery View image

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 in Journal

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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 in Journal

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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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Paston story heads west to Oxburgh Hall

Posted by Tim Lenton on 16 August 2010 at 17:55 in Journal

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The castle flag, combining the eagle of the Bedingfields with the fleur-de-lys of the Pastons View image Annette at Oxburgh Hall View image Oxburgh Hall View image

The next chapter in the Paston story takes place at the spectacular Oxburgh Hall, in the south-west of Norfolk, at the beginning of September. The hall, owned by the National Trust, is hosting an exhibition of the art and poetry created during the Paston Project, partly by InPrint members, and the £1000 handmade book will also be on show. There will also be an opportunity to see a DVD of the making of the book, live music from the time when the Pastons flourished, and paper-making, calligraphy and related skills in action.

InPrint artist Annette Rolston, who was one of the main forces behind the printing of the book, will be leading an art/poetry workshop with InPrint poet Tim Lenton. The exhibition runs from September 4 to 15, but the workshop is offered on September 4 only, starting at 11.15am in the Chapel and ending at 3.30pm. It will include time to look round the exhibition, break for lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of the hall, and will cost £15 (NT volunteers and concessions £10).

Those interested in the workshop, which provides a unique opportunity to get involved in the world of the Pastons, should contact Lucy Care of the Paston Heritage Society at Dayspring, Mundesley Road, Paston, NR28 9TE, or lucyecare@aol.com. Payment may be made by cheque (payable to Paston Heritage Society).

Although owned by the National Trust, the hall is the home of the Paston-Bedingfelds, the only surviving link to the Pastons of the Letters. References to the Pastons abound in the hall, the chapel and the nearby church.

Annette and Tim visited the moated Hall on August 9 and were deeply impressed by the setting. "This is a magnificent place," said Tim. "You could spend hours here and find something new every minute."

The hall is situated in the village of Oxborough, slightly south of a line between Swaffham and Downham Market.

More information at Paston Heritage Society and Oxburgh Hall.

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Artists get notice as Bally closes down

Posted by Tim Lenton on 20 May 2010 at 18:08 in Journal

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Sir John Paston's grave in the church View image

The shock news this week is that the Bally Art Factory is closing. InPrint artist Annette Rolston, together with founder member Rupert Mallin and many others, has been given notice by Targetfollow and will have to get out of her studio by June 8. This means the cancellation of workshops as well as moving and storage problems. The Poetry Vending Machines (remember them?) will be looking for a home, so if anyone is interested, get in touch with Rupert.

This will give an added piquancy to the imminent Open Studios event, which kicks off this weekend (May 22, 23, with private views on the 21st). A must for all who have an interest in the innovative, quality art that has been on show there over recent years, and in the artists who have been working there.

Also of interest to InPrint followers is Art Alive at St Margaret's Church, Paston, on May 29-31 from 10am to 4pm, where the Paston Book will be on show. The handmade book, of course, was made with the help of several InPrint members, and printed by Annette.

Further Art Alive details:

May 29, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm – workshops in paper, calligraphy, willow, letters and poetry with an invitation to learn about the Pastons and the uses of flax and herbs in the 15th Century, and an evening Great Barn tour led by Ash Murray, Natural England. Book through Jo Berry on 01263 720743.

May 30, Minstrels Gallery workshops: music from the time of the Pastons at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm (£3). Service – Latin Compline at 7pm on May 30: Father Paul Atkins will officiate.

May 31, rood screen workshops 10.30am to 3.30pm. Refreshments. St Margaret, Paston, NR28 9TA, www.pastonheritage.co.uk

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Paston exhibition at North Walsham

Posted by Tim Lenton on 31 October 2009 at 21:11 in Journal

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The Griffon Gallery View image Jo Berry of the Paston Heritage Society with poster View image PHS chairperson Lucy Care showing the handmade book to a visitor View image InPrint poet Caroline Gilfillan View image Paston poet Kay Riggs View image View image

A new incarnation of the Paston Exhibition was opened at North Walsham on October 30 in the Griffon Gallery. As usual, this was a joint effort between InPrint and the Paston Heritage Society, and it will run until November 20.

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Walking poetry at Art Alive

Posted by Tim Lenton on 29 May 2009 at 11:44 in Journal

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Lisa D'Onofrio in poetry hat takes shelter from the brisk wind with poetry walkers on Paston cliffs View image

Paston Church was open again to the public for the Art Alive weekend of May 23-25. InPrint artist Annette Rolston was there all weekend, demonstrating printmaking and showing the handmade book to interested visitors. Meanwhile InPrint poet Lisa D'Onofrio offered poetry walks to the discerning, using part of one of the walks from the newly published book, Exploring Paston Country, by Lucy Care and Jack Earl.

Lisa was also involved with the other InPrint poets in the superb Voicing Visions exhibition put on by the Norwich Twenty Group of artists at St Margaret's Church in St Benedict's, Norwich, from May 11 to 22. The private view was so full that people were queuing outside, and as well as the exhibition itself, the Twenty Group produced a catalogue and CD to professional standard. As well as Lisa, the exhibiton also featured Caroline Gilfillan, Tim Lenton and former InPrint poet Rupert Mallin. They also have poems in the catalogue, and their voices can be heard on the CD.

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On the edge

Posted by Tim Lenton on 2 May 2009 at 20:39 in Journal

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At the end of Craft Lane, Paston View image

InPrint poet Lisa D'Onofrio considers her options as she researches a poetry walk for Art Alive at Paston.

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Out of the Grapevine

Posted by Tim Lenton on 23 April 2009 at 17:00 in Journal

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InPrint artist Annette Rolston and Martin Laurance took down the Paston Grapevine exhibition on 19 April, with some help from gallery owner Peter Low. InPrint poet Tim Lenton took some of the pictures over to Paston and seized the opportunity to research a couple of Paston walks, which will appear in the forthcoming guidebook being written by Lucy Care.

Next event in the Paston saga: Art Alive at Paston Church over the weekend of May 23-25.

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Grapevine evening well attended

Posted by Tim Lenton on 9 April 2009 at 10:54 in Journal

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Caroline Gilfillan waiting for the music with medieval accompaniment View image Lucy Care View image Annette Rolston View image Close attention from onlookers to Annette's demonstration of the book View image Fascinated by the book View image Lucy and artist Sharon Teague View image Artist Martin Laurance View image Lisa D'Onofrio reading her poetry View image Caroline reading View image Poet Kay Riggs reading View image

The special Wednesday evening Paston event at the Grapevine Gallery in Norwich attracted a very good attendance and received many comments that went way beyond appreciative – but sadly this excellent exhibition has received almost no media publicity. The Gallery is very well suited to the show, and the variety and quality of work on display are first class, as was emphasised by gallery owner Peter Low.

InPrint members were to the forefront again: poet Caroline Gilfillan organised the events and hosted proceedings. Artist Annette Rolston explained the process of putting the hand-made book together, and poets Lisa D'Onofrio and Tim Lenton gave readings, together with Caroline herself and Paston poets Dot Cobley, Kay Riggs and Rupert Mallin. Paston Heritage Society chairperson Lucy Care gave an amusing and enjoyable introduction to the Letters, and Jo Berry sang three songs – one from the 15th century, a more modern folk song about Bromholm and one of Caroline's poems that had been put to music by Tony Triggs. So music has become part of the collaboration between poetry and the visual arts!

The exhibition continues until April 18.

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New photographs from Grapevine

Posted by Tim Lenton on 2 April 2009 at 11:11 in Journal

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Artist Annette Rolston View image Annette and Caroline demonstrating the book View image Caroline Gilfillan View image The busy private view View image Poet Lisa D'Onofrio View image Paston Heritage Society chairperson Lucy Care, introducing the Letters View image Poet Rob Knee View image Poet Rupert Mallin View image Poet Tim Lenton View image

A selection of photographs taken by poet Adrian Ward, who also has photographs on show at the Grapevine Gallery.

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Grapevine exceeds expectations

Posted by Tim Lenton on 29 March 2009 at 23:02 in Journal

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Medieval magic from Paston Heritage Society members View image Artist Martin Laurance with gallery owner Peter Low View image Artists Annette Rolston and Sharon Teague View image InPrint artist Joan Murray with her husband John and former InPrint poet Rupert Mallin (right) View image Crowds gather round the book demonstration View image Paston Heritage Society chairperson Lucy Care View image InPrint poet Tim Lenton reading Blue Days, Black Knights View image Annette demonstrates the handmade book, value over £1000. View image Poet Adrian Ward takes time to do a spot of research. View image

The launch of the new, expanded Paston exhibition at the Grapevine Gallery on Unthank Road, Norwich, today exceeded expectations, with the gallery room well filled for over three hours and huge amounts of praise heaped on exhibitors by all and sundry. This was a reward for the organisers and everyone who took part, but especially for hardworking InPrint artist Annette Rolston, who demonstrated the hand-made book to visitors with assistance from InPrint poet Caroline Gilfillan and artist Martin Laurance. Such was the enthusiasm that for much of the time crowds were gathered round them and the book was invisible to the rest of the room!

Paston Heritage Society chairperson Lucy Care, without whom the whole project would never have happened, was happily well enough to attend with her family and gave a brief introduction to the Paston Letters, just before the poetry reading. All the InPrint poets read: Caroline, who had acted as lead poet for the project, followed by Lisa and former InPrint poet Rupert Mallin, opened proceedings. Then Dot Cobley, Kay Riggs and Adrian Ward, followed by InPrint poet Tim and ending with Rob Knee. All poets were very warmly received by what must have been a crowd of about 50 people.

The exhibition itself featured a large amount of impressive new work, and although the handmade book itself drew most interest and comment, there was also a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the scope and quality of the work on display. Paston Heritage Society members in medieval garb also drew interest for their calligraphy and paper-making demonstrations. All-in-all, a day to remember.

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On the brink at the Grapevine

Posted by Tim Lenton on 28 March 2009 at 18:45 in Journal

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Martin Laurance and Annette Rolston organising the hanging, assisted by artist Kit Price-Moss View image

With the big Grapevine Gallery Paston Exhibition on the verge of opening in Norwich, most of the work fell on the shoulders of InPrint artist Annette Rolston and her neighbour at The Art Factory, artist Martin Laurance, who has been heavily involved in the Paston project from the outset. Poet Adrian Ward also gave valuable assistance. The exhibition features a great deal of new work, both art and poetry.

Watch this space for news and pictures of the private view, and word of a new project involving InPrint poets.

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Firm dates for Grapevine exhibition

Posted by Tim Lenton on 26 January 2009 at 12:41 in Journal

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Paston plaque in King Steet, Norwich View image 22-24 Elm Hill, Norwich, which has Paston links View image Elm Hill plaque View image

More details of the Grapevine Paston exhibition were revealed by Annette at a joint meeting of 15 Paston poets and artists at the Cringleford home of poet / photographer Adrian Ward. We also heard about plans for a big exhibition in summer 2010 at Oxburgh Hall, a National Trust property south-west of Swaffham with strong connections to the Paston family.

The dates of the Grapevine exhibition have now been fixed. It will open with a private view on Sunday, March 29, from noon to 4pm, with poetry readings at 2pm. The exhibition will then run daily until April 18, with an additional evening of special events, including poetry reading, on Tuesday, April 7, from 7pm.

New poems and images from InPrint members and others will be on display at the Grapevine, which is in Unthank Road, Norwich, and is currently housing Coast to Coast, a stunning one-man exhibition by Paston artist Martin Laurance. Well worth a visit!

We heard that four of the hand-made Paston books had been sold out of a limited edition of 15. Valuable publicity was being provided by members of the Paston Heritage Society around North Norfolk, and one of them – Jo Berry – was pictured in the EDP on January 26, with a long piece on the progress of the project.

Lucy Care, chairperson of the Paston Heritage Society, said there were plans for an exhibition in the Griffin Gallery in North Walsham in May, and the possibility of other venues was being explored. She reminded us of places with connections to the Paston family that might inspire more work or give an opportunity for further exhibitions. They include two houses in Norwich – in Elm Hill and King Street – Caister Castle, Baconsthorpe Castle, Felbrigg Hall, and Framlingham Castle in Suffolk.

A brief meeting of Inprint members later the same day agreed that our main thrust for this year was still the Paston project, and we would be looking at ways we could expand this, through workshops aimed at the creation of further poetry and the propagation of the eco-friendly non-toxic intaglio printing process.

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Here is the Book

Posted by Tim Lenton on 4 January 2009 at 18:07 in Poetry

Tags: book paston

Here on the edge of a drowned world
land of the True Cross
we walk on the moon, dark side,
among marbled pillars
touching unearthly colours
dusty passages
fingering forgotten legends

Treasure buried in the priory
where foreign knights battle secretly
against skeletons
and in the Kingdom of God
near Bromholm
the dead are raised

Iron stands like spears against the sun
while stone dissolves

As in the beginning
the word breathes on
until the void takes form
becomes a sacred, fertile field

Visions of Hildegard or Agnes in the rain
play dark tricks
as the world folds into paper,
holding on

Ruins bought and sold
breathe again
words emerge from the rock:
locks are broken

Burning kingfishers perch on fallen walls:
paths burst from the undergrowth

Here on the edge of the moon
Here is the book
Here are the letters thrown down and lifted up
Here the rushing wind
fire and water
laid like a cloth of gold and silver
under the patient stars


Poet's comment: This was written for the Paston Project in 2008 and draws on many aspects of the work, especially history and the surrounding countryside – and of course the book itself.

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Cromer's Paston exhibition taken down

Posted by Tim Lenton on 18 November 2008 at 11:03 in Journal

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Tim Lenton and Lucy Care prepare to take down the exhibition at Cromer View image

The mini-Paston exhibition hung at the North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer for a couple of weeks was taken down on a cold and damp 17 November, with Paston Heritage Society chairperson Lucy Care and InPrint poet Tim Lenton in attendance. The exhibition consisted of about 24 framed prints hung in a corridor on the first floor outside the restaurant, and we were given to understand that it had been very well received.

Meanwhile a third hand-made Paston Country book has been sold.

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Paston exhibition success in the sun

Posted by Tim Lenton on 13 October 2008 at 14:20 in Journal

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Annette with the book in Paston Church View image Horses Brawl in rehearsal View image Annette and poet Adrian Ward with Tim's wife Dot View image Dot takes a close look at Lucy's installation featuring her own film and Tim's poem Here is the Book View image Four medieval heroes: Ruth, Neil, Brigette and Lucy View image Doorway encounter: artist Martin Laurance is second right View image Brigette with the scrivener View image Sun on a graveyard tree View image

The "amazing weekend" forecast for the Paston exhibition turned out to be exactly that, with the sun shining brightly throughout, and medieval characters to be found enjoying the unexpected warmth of the sun in the graveyard, as well as fulfilling such functions as scrivener and paper-maker inside. In the normally cold church the atmosphere was temperate, even for the Latin Compline on the Saturday evening, when fog paid a fleeting visit outside.

The Private View on the Friday evening was a big success, with a fascinating film of the project being followed by a poetry reading, in which InPrint poets Caroline Gilfillan, Lisa D'Onofrio and Tim Lenton took part. The handmade, leather-bound book had centre stage, with InPrint's Annette Rolston turning the pages and explaining the background. Prints and poems from the book were on display. Small facsimiles of the book were very popular at £10 a time, and two copies of the big book, priced at £850 each, were ordered during the weekend.

On the Saturday Annette and Lisa offered a workshop, and bookbinder Judith Ellis from Aylsham demonstrated her skills. There were further poetry readings from the InPrint poets and from the other Paston poets – Dot Cobley, Kay Riggs, Rob Knee and Adrian Ward. Natural England organised a couple of visits to the Great Barn, which is rarely accessible. Visitors to the exhibition were augmented by a large party of ramblers who happened by and who found the whole project fascinating, especially Annette's description of the book's contents.

Sunday was dominated by the visit of medieval music interpreters Horses Brawl, who rehearsed during the afternoon and put on a concert of 18 songs in the evening, interspersed by readings from the Paston Letters. One of the pieces, sung by Jennie Cassidy, was from a manuscript found in the church in the 1920s and dating back to the time of the Pastons. It was believed to be the first time it had been heard since that time, and it was beautifully sung by Jennie.

InPrint were proud to be part of the project, which owed much of its sucess to Annette's determination to master the innovative non-toxic intaglio process and produce excellent prints. Lucy Care, from the Paston Heritage Society, had the vision for the whole thing and worked closely with Annette to bring it to fruition. Part of the exhibition will now go on show at Nottingham, and at the North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer. The book itself will be on display in the Millennium Library in Norwich in December, and more exhibitions are lined up for the New Year. The Eastern Daily Press recognised the importance of the project by devoting two full page threes to it – one on the Friday and one on the Monday.

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Paston exhibition ready – despite the mud

Posted by Tim Lenton on 10 October 2008 at 11:21 in Journal

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Annette gets to grips with unloading the van View image No sign of the van yet... View image Another helper arrives View image Jack Earl goes in search of the van View image Light on the altar: a beautiful afternoon View image Mike carries the screen supports from van to church View image Teri helps Annette to list the exhibits View image Teri helps with thte unloading View image The van between mud and mud View image Late afternoon light through the church window View image

InPrint members overcame unexpected obstacles when they put together the Paston exhibition at St Margaret's Church on October 9. The weather was wonderful, the church was open, Ruth had made buns and tea, and Jack Earl was waiting to assist – but where was the van with the screens, driven by InPrint organiser Annette? InPrint poet Tim had given some small assistance to Simeon Care in delivering one or two items from the home of Paston Heritage Society supremo Lucy Care, and there was nothing left to do but wait...

Meanwhile some ten or twelve miles away, the missing van was stuck in the mud at Rackheath, and proving impossible to free. Eventually a local produced a chainsaw and cut down a tree, narrowly avoiding reducing the InPrint membership figures in the process, and after some more manouevering, the van was free – and ready to pick up the screens. By 2.30pm, after much anticipation, the van put in an appearance at Paston Church, and the screens and other materials were unloaded.

A certain amount of reorganisation was then necessary after it was found that the master diagram allowed for too little space down the central aisle, but some quick rethinking resulted in the screens being erected in the pews, and the prints – looking every bit as stunning as had been predicted – were carefully positioned. Meanwhile, Siri-Susanna Taylor was checking out her film settings for the following evening's Private View, a florist from North Walsham arrived to check the church for a wedding, and an elderly couple turned up from Nottingham to look at the building and its usual contents (for which Jack proved an expert guide).

By about 5.30 everything that could be done had been done, and everyone prepared to leave. Everyone did leave, in fact, apart from the occupants of the van, which – you guessed it – found some more mud to get stuck in. All efforts proved in vain, and the van ploughed deeper and deeper in. But Annette and Teri Lockton, one of the Paston artists, managed to get a lift to Mundesley, where they obtained a tow out from a local garage. It was that sort of day.

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