Preparations for Wenlock Poetry Festival are almost complete. I am hosting a children’s installation called Wild Wenlock 11am-3pm on both days, under Much Wenlock’s Corn Exchange. It consists of these miniature teepees I’ve been making for the last two months: These aren’t just for kids, sitting inside one (and a grown adult can JUST fit inside) can transport you back to the childlike excitement of dens and secret hideaways. They are made from pre-loved curtains and bedding, dyed in tea and bound with torn fabric. Feathers from the garden add some dramatic effect. In two of the teepees will be audio of local authors reading poetry and stories, including material from Andrew Fusek Peters, Jean Atkin, Carol Caffrey Witherow, Lucy Carmel, Steve Harrison, David Calcutt, Kate Innes, Ruth Thorp, Sarah Thorp and myself. The Thorps aren’t strictly local, but as their publisher Raw Mixture will be one of the stalls at Wild Wenlock they are locals for the weekend 🙂 In this mix of indigenous words and fabrics will be making and writing activities; from decorating bugs and beasties, to postcards from Wild Wenlock, to planting poems.