OVER 50 Clitheroe shops will display poems next week in a unique collaboration between Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza, the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce and Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The “Shop!” project will see poetry displayed in over 50 town centre shops in a series of innovative and eye-catching window displays from Saturday September 11th to Saturday September 18th, as part of the Pennine Lancashire Festival of Food and Culture.
The poetry will include original work by the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza alongside work by established and well-known poets, such as Jean Sprackland, whose poem, Hands, will be displayed in the Castle Chippy, Moor Lane, Clitheroe.
The window displays will include a 5ft wall hanging of Clitheroe author Jane Eagland’s poem, I am a Knitted Woman, at Designer Knitting Yarns in Moor Lane.
Designer Knitting Yarns will also host poetry readings by Jane Eagland, Rachel Davies, who is a student of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and Clitheroe poet Jenny Palmer at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday, September 18.
A selection of poems will also be published in an anthology called Here is Where the Candy Sticks: Poems about Shopping in Clitheroe edited by Jo Harding, who runs Clitheroe Books, and Ribble Valley Borough Council’s principal communications officer, Theresa Robson, and produced by Design 360 Ltd of Stonyhurst. Here is Where the Candy Sticks will be launched at Molly’s Café in Moor Lane, Clitheroe on Thursday, September 16. Further details are available from Clitheroe Books on 01200 444242.
The anthology will feature a series of powerful images depicting Clitheroe traders at work by Pendleton photographer Dean Carney, including a spoof of the famous Beatles-Abbey Road photograph on the front cover.
Jo Harding said: “The aim of Shop is to position poetry as a public art form capable of raising debate and enhancing the social and economic wellbeing of Clitheroe by increasing footfall into the town centre during a period of financial restraint.
“Several shopkeepers are really going to town on their displays, particularly Designer Knitting Yarns, which looks set to be one of the focal points of the week.”
Ian Lloyd, president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, added: “Clitheroe shops and their owners have a rich cultural heritage and are famous for their award-winning, independent establishments, many of which have been run by the same families for generations.
“Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce was delighted to join forces with the Pennine Lancashire Poetry Stanza and Ribble Valley Borough Council to promote local traders in this inspirational project.
“Our members will be working alongside the poets to capture the essence of Clitheroe’s shopping experience through vivid installations and window displays within their shops and businesses.”
For information on future poetry workshops watch this space!