Artist Channels William Wordsworth In Cultural Forage
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Artist Channels William Wordsworth In Cultural Forage

Coalville : United Kingdom | Apr 25, 2011 at 2:19 AM PDT
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Coleorton Church and Graveyard - Where Wordsworth Walked

Currently 'cultural forager' with Transform Snibston poet artist Paul Conneally is once again channelling William Wordsworth to mediate between himself, community and place in North West Leicestershire. A major part of his ongoing work 'Spoil Heap Harvest' is the making of the Transform Snibston Wordsworth Trail.

William Wordsworth and his family lived at Coleorton Hall Farm for nearly a year between 1806 and 1807. The trail will start at Snibston and take in many of the places associated with Wordsworth and his friends and family including Coleridge, Sir George Beaumont and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Conneally uses historical poetic and artistic material foraged from the area to make links between the past, now and what might be. On the 14th of May 2011 another of the 4 artists currently working with Transform Snibston, Geof Broadway, will be installing a digital artwork illumination in the Century Theatre on the main Snibston site. Conneally along with Brendan Jackson and Jo Dacombe will also be exhibiting tasters of their own work at the event.

Below is a poem from a previous channelling of Wordsworth by Conneally:

JOANNA ROCKS

no time for streams

or those that look at hills

you learn to love

passing your early youth

amid the smoke of cities

.

lofty firs

taller than the old steeple

village news

.

the vicar's collar

a house big enough

for ten rough sleepers

.

autumn shadows

spray-painted on a boulder

by the rail-track

in huge red lettering

Joanna Rocks

.

Paul Conneally

First Published LYNX XVII:1 February, 2002

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Coleorton Church
Coleorton Church where the poet William Wordsworth attnded when he was living at Coleorton Hall Farm 1806 - 1807. The church will feature on the Snibston Wordsworth Trail designed by poet artist Paul Conneally
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