Contributing artist: Thread and Word

Thread and Word is a collaborative group set up by the artist Elspeth (Billie) Penfold. The group uses walking and textiles to bring together people who welcome the opportunity to take part in collaborative events highlighting social issues and sharing stories.

My recent contributions to Thread and Word projects include: 

ofrendas - responding to texts for Walking with Shrines (Margate 2018) - read my blog entry describing the process or watch a short documentary about the project by film maker Anna Bowman

bibliocartomancy - walking with cut-up poetry cards, exploring T S Eliot's The Waste Land for Journeys with the Waste Land (Turner Contemporary 2018)

January – April 2016: Armchair ArtistCantmuseumlogo

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury

My residency involved responsive writing using the museum collections, based on the concept of bricolage, to create a DIY museum of words.

View posts in my residency blog to find out more:

Grave games & serious play - gaming, grave goods and Star Wars figures
Drama in the dolls' house - sagas and secrets playing out in miniature
Secret messages & hidden text - tracing meaning in found-text fragments
Upstart crow - on plumage and borrowed colour
Shrines, illusions and heterotopias - spaces in spaces
Have writing exercises, will exercise writers - a guerrilla farewell
NB: All photos by Sonia Overall - © Canterbury Museums and Galleries

Previous writing residencies, performances and exhibitions include paper boats and sunken text at The Old Lookout Gallery, Broadstairs; cut-ups and knitted words at the Whitstable Oyster Festival; and microfictions at Lounge on the Farm music festival.

Visit my archived blog for the Centre for Creative Writing, University of Kent - event reviews, readings and more.