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Dorset Footsteps

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Wessex Ridgeway Poems by James Crowden

Dorset Footsteps is a series of linked poems that reach right across Dorset, from Ashmore in the north east on the edge of Cranborne Chase, down to Lyme Regis on the South Coast.

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Wessex Ridgeway Poems by James Crowden

Dorset Footsteps is a series of linked poems that reach right across Dorset, from Ashmore in the north east on the edge of Cranborne Chase, down to Lyme Regis on the South Coast. During 2006 James Crowden was writer in residence along this route, the Dorset section of the Wessex Ridgeway. Here you will find poems evoking a very real sense of freedom, rural history and terroir, filenames and farmworker’s lives, hill forts and radio masts, chalk downland, Liz Frink’s studio and John Fowles’s garden. The main sequence of 25 poems are deliberately split in half, like length of hazel rode, and are intended to be read with two voices, using modern version of the Anglo-Saxon mid line break to great effect.

What has been wonderful about this project is that Artsreach in Dorchester was able to commission local artists to use selected words in sculptures, way markers and benches which are dotted along the route at unexpected locations. The use of poetry and outdoor art takes its inspiration from the works of Ian Hamilton Findlay. Many different writing workshops for adults and school children also took place along the route in all weathers…

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Weight 0.25 kg
Dimensions 22 × 16 × 1 cm

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