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Droitwich ArtsFest enters fourth week

Last Saturday (14th) Droitwich arts festival not only provided opportunities for families and youngsters including the creation of a dragon, face painting, and art activities with salt, but also two sketching walks for adults. And all to the accompaniment of music and dance provided by pupils of Droitwich Spa High School. During the week three authors performed “30-40-60” a multi-media event comprising readings about Womanhood containing moments of both humour and sadness.

Artist in View

This Saturday (21st) sees the traditional “Arts in View” event in Victoria Square where members of Droitwich Arts Network will demonstrate their work and skills in a variety of art forms. There will also be prose and poetry readings through the day in St Andrews Square. Budding photographers can join a photo walk led by Droitwich Camera Club starting from Droitwich Library at 2.30pm. Any camera will do including tablets and phone cameras. Some additional surprises will be created by a close up magician who will move through the crowds late morning.

Poetry evening in Park’s Cafe, Droitwich

Somewhere Between Rose and Black

by Claire Walker

A poetry pamphlet from V. Press

Join us for the launch event at Park’s Café-Bar, Victoria Square, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8DS

Saturday December 9th, 7.00 – 9.00 pm

Free, open to the public, no booking required (except for food).

“There is a disquiet that moves through these poems. Walker explores what it means to create a sense of home, and how the people within it build our longings around us. Beautiful work by a rising star in poetry. These are words that linger after the last page.” Angela Readman

“Claire Walker’s quiet, almost still, narrative through these poems could reflect their rural setting or the sadness within the protagonist, yet that quietness is deceptive. There are passions here amid the juxtaposition of man and stag. These poems will have you checking your fingernails for soil, seeing antlers in your peripheral vision.” Brett Evans

Hanbury Hall closing celebration

Hanbury Hall exhibition was closed on Monday 30th October with a small celebration, that includes trophy exchanging, poetry reading and food. The general feeling is, and the numbers proved it, that this year’s exhibition is the best so far. The quality of artworks, number of visitors (3358!) and their positive feedback, as well as enthusiasm of all stewards during the three weeks of the exhibition, was the best ever. The spirit of Droitwich Arts Network was clearly visible at all points and the success was a natural result. 

Peter Hawkins (DAN vice chair), Julia Hunt (2016 winner), Kenneth Robinson (2017 winner) and John Bodley

ArtsFest 2017 – A literature weekend

The second weekend of Droitwich ArtsFest was all dedicated to poetry and words. On 22 July, the day started with the poetry reading at 11am on the St Andrew’s Square.  ‘Pens and Needles’ writers’ group from Redditch performed in front of the Meetbox.  

The Poetry Extravaganza, with its 5th year at Park’s Café,  is a well-established event in Droitwich. On the evening of 22 July, Park’s Café was buzzing with poets and writers (Fergus Mc Gonigal, Nina Lewis, Maggie Doyle, Polly Stretton, Mike Alma, Amanda Bonnick, Sarah Leavesley, Jenna Plewes, Ruth Stacey, Leena Batchelor and Helen Calcutt) and the keen audience really enjoyed the evening. The literature event coordinator was Nina Lewis, Worcestershire Poet Laureate.