Find Me On The Bolton Arts Trail

25 Jun

Write Out Loud

I am a member of Write Out Loud, an organisation bringing poetry to the masses.  Sometimes the masses don’t want poetry, but we bring it to ’em anyway.

In practical terms, what this means is I check the website every day and enter all free competitions.  I was a regular at the Stockport monthly WOL meeting until last year, but life got in the way; as well as my fear of reading my writing out loud.  Then Julian Jordan, the WOL founder and a very nice man, guilted me into attending the June meeting, and I enjoyed myself so much I am confident I will once more be a regular.

Write Out Loud have meetings all over the country.  The aim is simply to encourage poetry performance, and everybody is welcome.  I keep a link in my blogroll, so check it out.

WOL works in creative partnership with Bolton University, which is where the title of this post comes in; I’ll let Julian explain:

One day, perhaps all towns will be like Bolton, which had an original poem on display in each of 36 town-centre shops, cafés, hairdressers and the theatre, so as to bring poetry to a wider audience. It was all part of a town-wide arts festival running from 15-21 June […] The poems were selected from 175 total entries submitted by members of the Write Out Loud website online poetry community which was created in Bolton in 2006. Though most are locally-produced, displayed work comes from as far afield as Chicago…

Other arts stuff was going on, of course; but I am a self-absorbed poet (aren’t we all?) so I was only interested in the fact that three of my poems were selected.  I dragooned the Hub and Spud on Thursday afternoon so we could check them out.  I know many of you can’t make it to Bolton, or travel back in time, so here is a mini-trail, created especially for you:

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Sigh.  As usual, my techneptitude slaps my self-promotion into place.  Picture no.12 should read:

12. Finally, pose with the warm and friendly man, Ishtiaq: Amore furniture store manager, who offered us tea, coffee and discount on anything we buy, as well as professing to love my poem.  The treasure at the end of the trail!

And the tapestry photo should read:

9. Stop to admire the art work.

What a great idea Bolton had; it gave me the best day out I’ve had in ages.

UPDATE: If you can’t read the poems in the photographs and would like to, click on this link.

52 Responses to “Find Me On The Bolton Arts Trail”

  1. Ron. June 25, 2012 at 09:47 #

    What a day. Great concept. Good for you, TB!


  2. Helen Cherry June 25, 2012 at 10:38 #

    Poetry is meant to be read out loud.. great post and love the photos 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 20:59 #

      Most of it, I agree; but some is better on the page. I say that with a vested interest, because I like writing visual poems.


      • Helen Cherry June 25, 2012 at 21:26 #

        Yes I get that because I dio too.. or did when I was writing poetry.. photography has taken over


        • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:36 #

          You should write poems to accompany your photos.


          • Helen Cherry June 25, 2012 at 21:47 #

            No time Tilly!!


            • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:48 #

              You can think about them while you’re taking pictures.


              • Helen Cherry June 25, 2012 at 21:49 #

                Takes me a bit more effort than that Tilly!..


                • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:51 #

                  Not at all! Write them in your head; keep a notebook and pen in your camera bag; jot them down.


                • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:52 #

                  Not at all! Write them in your head; keep a notebook and pen in your camera bag; jot them down.

                  The time you’ve spent discussing this with me, you could have started one 🙂


  3. adinparadise June 25, 2012 at 11:09 #

    What fun. Love those elephants, Tilly, and of course the pics of you “beaming.” xxx


  4. Pseu June 25, 2012 at 11:17 #

    Great day out! I can’t read all the poems, but like what I can see – especially the bed poem!


  5. Al June 25, 2012 at 12:39 #

    Tilly’s verse
    Always terse
    Everyone knows
    Equals her prose
    Both excel
    And cast a spell
    And those who read
    Must concede
    She has no peer
    Far or near.


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:04 #

      Oh, Al…you do know the way to a girl’s heart 🙂


  6. jmgoyder June 25, 2012 at 13:13 #

    How wonderful – congratulations!!!


  7. mairedubhtx June 25, 2012 at 13:18 #

    What a good idea this Write Out Loud is. We just have Poetry Slams which are great, but few in San Antonio which is not noted for its contemporary arts (it’s getting better, though) although we’re great at folk art. Austin is really the art place to be and I miss it terribly. I’m so glad you’ve found your outlet.


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:06 #

      Poetry seems to be on the rise in Britain 🙂


  8. laurieanichols June 25, 2012 at 13:58 #

    That was wonderful, I love your top that you wore, I have a summer dress with a similar pattern. You looked very chic in it. I’m glad that the gentleman guilted you into attending, we all need a push sometimes however it may occur. Your men must be very proud of their Tilly Bud.


    • Tilly Bud June 25, 2012 at 21:08 #

      I love that top but I hardly wear it because it’s swirly and inconvenient 😦


  9. SchmidleysScribbling June 25, 2012 at 15:45 #

    Please slow the rotating photo show. I got cross-eyed reading it. Sorry you had to pressgang Hub into taking you somewhere to do something with elephants. Say what?? Dianne


    • Pseu June 25, 2012 at 18:06 #

      you can hold the show by the control ‘buttons’


  10. SchmidleysScribbling June 25, 2012 at 15:46 #

    PS I wondered where those Republican elephants went when Obama was elected.


  11. sanstorm June 25, 2012 at 16:55 #

    Good to see poetry in places.


  12. idiosyncratic eye June 25, 2012 at 18:10 #

    Congratulations. I liked your holocaust poem, the line a journey to nowhere had real resonance. 🙂


  13. viveka June 25, 2012 at 19:26 #

    Not a poem person …. but I enjoyed you slide show .. great photos.


  14. restlessjo June 25, 2012 at 19:56 #

    Who’d have thought Bolton would be so inspired? Great notion.


  15. Perfecting Motherhood June 25, 2012 at 21:00 #

    Very cool, congratulations! I love your photo captions, by the way…


  16. eof737 June 25, 2012 at 21:58 #

    Excellent outing Tills! 🙂


  17. kateshrewsday June 25, 2012 at 22:22 #

    Never heard of WOL, Tilly, must look them up!

    May I say you look amazing in these pictures? Or is that just too complimenty for TLH?


    • Tilly Bud June 26, 2012 at 10:51 #

      Too inaccurate! I winced when I first saw them.


  18. lanceleuven June 26, 2012 at 08:51 #

    Congratulations on your selections!

    ‘Sometimes the masses don’t want poetry, but we bring it to ‘em anyway.’-Militant poetry, I like it!


  19. bluebee June 27, 2012 at 10:21 #

    It is such a great idea, Tilly. I loved this post, but why no link to the poems that you submitted? (I can’t read fast enough on the slide show :))


    • Tilly Bud June 27, 2012 at 10:23 #

      On the following day’s post I included a link to the poems, because of similar (justified) complaints.

      I’ll include it in this post as well.



  20. sonofwalt June 30, 2012 at 02:06 #

    “Sometimes the masses don’t want poetry, but we bring it to ‘em anyway.” I love that!



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