Bolsover Lantern Parade & ‘Common Ground’

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I co-ordinate the Bolsover Lantern Parade for Junction Arts – 30 November 2014 was my 4th year of running this fantastic event and the lanterns were amazing, from dragons to racing cars to a swarm of bees. We run lantern-making workshops in Bolsover over 3 weekends in November and also in the four local schools – it’s a real community event. This year we had a record turn-out, approx 1000 people in the parade and about 3000 at the event overall.

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As well as the Lantern Parade, I’ve been running 12 landscape arts projects as part of the HLF-funded Limestone Journeys programme, also for Junction Arts. We just finished delivering a poetry and illustration anthology ‘Common Ground’ working with 1 volunteer (Debbie Watkins), 2 secondary schools (Heritage High and Shirebrook Academy), 4 artists (Pippa Hennessy from 5 Leaves Press, Andrew ‘Mulletproof Poet’ Graves, Liz Cashden and Gabriella Slade) and about 55 Year 8 pupils (aged 13). It’s been an amazing project and obviously very close to my heart. The launch event on Friday 5 December was an opportunity for parents and funders to pick up a copy of the book, see the artwork and listen to the readings by the students. They were all brilliant and I was so impressed with their work. As was Helen Mort (Derbyshire Poet Laureate) who kindly wrote the foreword to the book. Download a copy for free here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/shirebrook-heritage/common-ground/ebook/product-21925312.html

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