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I'm co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Saturday 17 June 2017

The 2017 Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month Art Exhibition, Bath

A scramble to Bath yesterday for the last day of the exhibition in Walcot Street marking Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, where we met up with Dru Marland, one of the artists exhibiting and on a flying visit from Hungerford, where NB Eve is currently moored. 

There was a lot of work on display from people living on the Kennet and Avon. These beautiful moths, from Chris and Jinny of Skyravenwolf, for example. 

I really loved this imaginary map of Wiltshire, called Myth, merriment, memories and murder by Emily Drake - a fascinating mixture of history, politics, personal experience, folklore and quirk, and I could have looked at it for ages. 

The Avebury wishing tree, chalk horses, the devilish origins of Silbury Hill ...

... the Battle of the Beanfield ...

... poltergeists and ghosts, pets (RIP Beamish) and playground games, the magic roundabout (driving test nightmare), police officers Just Obeying Orders ... 

... witchcraft (frog up a chimney in a little leather patch) in the White Lion Inn in Malmsbury, and the death by tiger of Hannah Twynnoy ... 

... Stonehenge, leporidine shapeshifting and Barbury Castle

Dru's latest edition of her map of the West End of the K&A canal is selling well. Maybe she'll produce a middling section after her jaunt to Hungerford. 

There were two excellent collections of photos of travelling life too, and some short films showing in the basement. I was particularly fascinated by the story of Dave Sanger of Sanger's Stage Show.  And you can see it too.

Even old biddies have technology these days.

We then repaired for lunch two doors down in Made by Ben. Luckily, none of these items featured on the menu. 

Holloway by Stanley Donwood

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