Longing poems in lorry glory

Bolsover District Children's Poetry Displayed On Back of a Lorry. L-r, Paul Stearman (driver), Ewan Harris, Kira Nerys-Harding and Mat Hand (artist).
Bolsover District Children's Poetry Displayed On Back of a Lorry. L-r, Paul Stearman (driver), Ewan Harris, Kira Nerys-Harding and Mat Hand (artist).
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BUDDING poets’ words about absence and longing will travel the country for thousands to see – on the back of a lorry.

The entries from Bolsover school pupils feature in an innovative travelling multimedia arts project called Take Me With You.

Printed alongside large scale portraits of lorry drivers’ families, they form work looking at the concept of absence which was managed by Junction Arts of Shirebrook.

Youngsters were able to see their work on the articulated lorry from Savages Haulage of Cambridge when it was revealed to celebration at Dobbies World Garden Centre, Barlborough, last Wednesday April 13.

One poem, by Matthew Evans and Amy Fielding, read: “When you are at work, we are waiting...waiting, listening, looking for you.

“I want you here...come home to me.”

In November 2010 lead artist Mat Hand and photographer Manuel Reinartz made a series of photographic portraits of drivers’ families at their homes in Cambridgeshire.

At the same time local youngsters attended workshops led by poet Andy Tooze to produce poems based on themes of absence and longing.

“Take Me With You has been a great success”, said Paul Steele, managing director of Junction Arts, which also funded the project with Arts Council England.

“It is a wonderful example of collaborative working across the private and voluntary sectors to produce a stunning visual exhibition.”

The schools that took part are Blackwell Primary, New Bolsover Primary, Barlborough Primary, Whaley Thorns Primary, Brookfield Primary, Palterton Primary, Anthony Bek Primary and Bramley Vale Primary.

Children were awarded certificates from Mat Hand and Andy Tooze last week.

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ellen.beardmore@derbyshiretimes.co.uk.