Your England

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A journey into Englishness, from the Thames to the Lakes, industrial heartlands to chalk downs. Following tides and twittens, writing 100 poems along the way.

A park bench in Penrith, aviation at Shoreham by Sea, a skeleton in Margate, the Windrush in Brixton, bells of Whitechapel, The Lion Queen. Chalk and flint and wool and salt.

This year-long project included workshops across England, carried out with a range of partners, which explored place, and local distinctiveness. Collecting the stories of a wide range of people, nearly 100 poems were written and some published by Chalk Line Press (available online from Whisky & Beards).

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At the end of the project, there was an exhibition at Lombard Street Gallery, Margate from 28 Sep-8 Oct, held as part of the offsite programme for the Turner Prize at Turner Contemporary.

Sample poems:

The project was backed by a grant from Arts Council England, and supported by partners including the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Dreamland, Margate; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Theatre Absolute, Coventry; B Arts and Letting In The Light, Stoke-on-Trent; The Tapestry Project, Rye; and Threshold Studios in Northampton. With thanks to Sophie Jeffrey and The Gentle Author.