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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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.
A MODERN MENAGERIEAnnette
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.
InPrint founder member Rupert Mallin, who is now working independently, has just published the first edition of textVISUAL, an online magazine of texts and visuals, occasionally overlapping and melting into each other.
Among other distinguished names featured are three members of InPrint – artist Mike Fenton and poets Lisa D'Onofrio and Tim Lenton – as well as work from Rupert himself.
He intends to publish textVISUAL three times a year, in June, October and February. He adds: "However, there will be an ‘organic’ element within each four-month period of ‘publication,’ so I hope each issue will be worth returning to between issues."
The magazine can be found here.
A selection of photographs taken at the two most recent workshops at The Barn, Dayspring. At the first, on May 11, Annette Rolston was leading with Rupert Mallin; at the second, on May 31, she was in charge of the artists while Caroline Gilfillan was with the writers. Some high quality work is being produced, and the prospects for the planned book and exhibition are excellent. However, a great deal remains to be done.
Tim Lenton and Rupert Mallin joined forces again last week in Colchester, where they did a well-received joint reading as part of an evening in aid of Lepra, the leprosy relief agency. This was in Appetite, a cafe on Church Walk which has a growing reputation for entertainment. Music was a big feature of the evening, put on my Jason McLean.
Rupert Mallin, who has been the driving force of the group since its inception five years ago, has decided to step down from InPrint to pursue his own work. He will retain close links to the group and will be working with us on occasion. He is already committed to one of the Paston Project workshops, in which InPrint has a key role.
Rupert is a very talented performance poet who is also a visual artist. His enthusiasm, hard work and friendship have been strong motivators for the group in the work that has been done, especially connected with the poetry vending machine, where he produced some exceptional boxes with Tonia Jillings, who is also stepping down. They will be missed.
InPrint, however, goes on. We are now a looser collaborative group with much the same aims and looking forward to creating unique work together. At present our concentration is on the Paston Project, which launched on February 2 with a Latin Compline at Paston Church and some memorable mulled wine and food. Quite a striking experience in a remote, candlelit church. Date for your diaries is the Open Day on March 22.