Easington CofE Primary Academy pupils, local residents and poets came together for an evening of poetry and lemon drizzle cake at Spurn Discovery Centre on Wednesday 20th November. Pupils joined Julie Corbett, Liz Holt, Dave Osgerby, Shane Blades, Kathryn and Andy Rogers, and guest poet Richard Harries from Withernsea, to share poems about Spurn and the Holderness coast; Kathryn and Andy Rogers were inspired to put pen to paper after their children brought their National Poetry Day poems home from school!
The event was both a celebration of the writing produced during the project and also a preview of the POETIC SPURN exhibition, which will run at Spurn Lighthouse until March 2020 (Weekends 11am-3pm, depending on tide times), as covered on Billboard TV (starts 2:40 mins). The show includes a short film and a display of poems by project participants, including Clint Wastling, Gina Hobbs and Glynis Charlton. In addition, military historian and Spurn volunteer Simon Davies has sourced poems by soldiers that offer an insight into what it was like to be stationed at Spurn during wartime. Visitors to the exhibition can also read the POETIC SPURN postcards written by visitors, staff and volunteers, and are invited to write their own ‘poetic postcards’. It is exciting to see the exhibition come together in printed and digital format, and installed in Spurn’s Lighthouse – what a great venue for an exhibition. I hope people will enjoy reading the poems and gazing out over the ever-changing estuarine habitat that inspired them.
This brings my project with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn to a close. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported and participated in the project. I have included both the film and digital galley below, giving an overview of the project and also an opportunity to read some of the poems. This was a pilot project, scoping the potential for YWT to run more creative writing events at Spurn in future. I hope to return before too long. I’m already missing my shoreline walks, and Spurn’s big open skies.
Poetic Spurn Gallery