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Celebrate Poetry Past & Present
To mark National Poetry Day and the end of the very well received 'Laurie Lee: Art, Poetry and Landscape’ exhibition, Stroud's Museum in the Park presents an afternoon of poetry with the Museum's Poet in Residence, Adam Horovitz, and poet and educationalist Pie Corbett on Sunday, October 5th.
The beautiful portraits in pencil and crayon and bold figure studies have surprised and delighted many visitors already familiar with Laurie Lee’s writing and there are still a few days left to catch this rare exhibition of works, which were part of a treasure trove of art discovered by the beloved Stroud-born author's daughter Jessy under his bed after he had died.
The exhibition also includes new artwork created in response to walking, including walks ‘in the footsteps’ of Laurie Lee. Highlights include Ali Pretty’s stunning silk banners which lead visitors up to the art gallery and tell the story of a walk across the Pyrenees, inspired by Laurie Lee’s ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning.’
The readings by Adam Horovitz and Pie Corbett will include work by Lee and his drinking compatriot, the Cotswold Balladeer Frank Mansell, as well as poems of their own influenced by Lee and the Slad Valley, including new poems written by Horovitz during his tenure as the Museum's Poet in Residence.
Special guest Pie Corbett is a highly regarded educationalist and author, well-known for his inspirational books on teaching creative writing, as well as many other educational books, schemes and anthologies. Pie works as a poet and storyteller in schools, but rarely performs in public, making this event all the more special.
"I was delighted when Pie agreed to share the stage with me to help bring this beautiful and absorbing exhibition to close," said Adam Horovitz. "It's wonderful to be part of what is possibly his first reading for adults in 30 years and, given how starstruck a couple of teachers I know have been after meeting him on the train by chance, this should be a marvellous event."
The reading takes place in the art gallery of Stroud's Museum in the Park at 3pm on Sunday, October 5th. Entry is free. For more information call 01453 763394.
Laurie Lee: Poetry, Art and Landscape continues until 5th October 2014 as part of the Laurie Lee Centenary Year celebrations.
Museum work showcased
Some of the Museum's work has recently featured in two national reports.
Museum Collections Inspire New Book
A new picture book inspired by the Museum Collections is to be launched at Stroud Book Festival on 4 November 2017.
Certaine Wytches: Fear, Myth and Magic
Work by tapestry artist Anne Jackson exploring 'witchcraft' comes to the Museum in the Park.
Museum retains national quality mark
The Museum in the Park retains official tourist board's quality assurance mark
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