Tag: workshop

Artist and poets active in workshops and exhibitions

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

Tags: annette caroline exhibition paston rupert tim Workshop

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.

Comment on: Artist and poets active in workshops and exhibitions

Next Paston workshop

Posted by Tim Lenton on 27 June 2008 at 18:07 in Journal

Tags: paston verses Workshop

Balanced like light on fields of barley View image

The Paston workshop this Sunday (June 29) will be led by Caroline Gilfillan and Annette Rolston, and will probably follow a similar pattern to the last one. Caroline says: "We'll all work together for a short time, and then the artists will work with Annette, and the writers with me – though I must stress that you can move between writing and visual arts and vice versa. I know that several of you are interested in both, and that's fine.

"In the writing section of the workshop, we'll spend some time on new material – we have two new writers joining us – and devote some time to sharing and workshopping poems you've already written. Some of these will have been circulated already, but please bring copies of up to three poems – eight copies of each should be more than enough. Getting feedback on your work and having it heard can be such an exciting, instructive experience, so do bring work with you. Plus, hearing the work written by others is always interesting and inspirational.

"This part of the workshop might also help you decide which poems you might want to put into the book, too – if you need to choose. I'll prepare some activities both around writing in a specific form (probably the sonnet) and writing in free verse. As before, we'll use specific extracts from the Paston Letters as source material."

Here is an example of a ghazal written by Caroline at a previous workshop:

St Margaret’s Church, Paston

The wind sighs through the pale horse chestnut flowers
And ivy spills like water over elderflowers.

A spider’s web is glued from pew to pew,
Its maker crouching in the carved wood flower.

Outside I gather speedwell, borage and cranesbill
untended beside the dipping heads of gilt rose flowers.

Beneath the stinging locks of nettles, a tombstone warms my hand.
And Margaret gives thanks for every leaf and flower.

And here is a verse from Tim Lenton, also based on the Letters and written at a workshop:


I fear that Partridge may attack
He really has no business here
My husband must come home and drive him back

A thousand angry men are drawing near
And he is miles away in London town
While I am pregnant, lost in fear

I'll write and tell him to come down
He must bring crossbow, spear and shield
And I will wear my broadcloth gown

He'll slaughter Partridge in the field
The thousand men are bound to yield

The photograph at the top of of this section is of St Margaret's Church, Paston, from the path to the cliffs. It shows how unusual it is in being situated in a hollow, whereas most Norfolk churches are at high points. The picture was taken by Tim Lenton, who added this verse to it:

Balanced like light on fields of barley
Margaret the sleeper
slips into the background
becomes part of the picture
seen from the sea

Comment on: Next Paston workshop

More pictures from Paston

Posted by Tim Lenton on 1 June 2008 at 17:44 in Journal

Tags: annette caroline lucy paston rupert Workshop

In the swing of creation View image Artists at work View image Workshop leader Caroline in the garden View image Poetic inspiration View image Working on an image View image Project leader Lucy Care View image Workshop leader Rupert at the press View image

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.

Comment on: More pictures from Paston

Images from the Welborne Arts Festival

Posted by Tim Lenton on 4 July 2007 at 12:28 in Journal

Tags: art PVM welborne Workshop

The poetry vending machine in place View image A view of the InPrint marquee View image A workshop in progress, with Annette and Tonia View image

Comment on: Images from the Welborne Arts Festival


Posted by Rupert Mallin on 7 May 2007 at 10:27 in Journal

Tags: Factory Studios Norfolk Open Studios Workshop