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Poetry Square

Poetry Square

Many of our contributed poems have had a square produced for them – a quote from the poem to help us share more easily on social media but also so we can display them in the game. This one is at the start of the 

Goddesses

Goddesses

Wanting to do some creative thinking during lockdown, the idea of woodland in summer, goddesses protecting us and other, perhaps fanciful, but needed stories and inspirations, produced these goddesses. In the Steiner style with no faces (so you can project your own thoughts and expressions) 

Church Garden Sculpture

Church Garden Sculpture

Natalia Shlyapina is a floral designer from Tyumen, Western Siberia. Natalia was visiting her partner when the lockdown came into force and her flights were cancelled.
Natalia started to miss her work and expressed a desire to do some work when she saw big piles of branches at the rugby ground in Wisbech. Her partner made an enquiry to Wisbech in Bloom, the result is this fabulous display.
Nyces

Nyces

A Peterborough based street artist, Nyces works through Street Arts Hire Ltd providing indoor murals and outdoor work for many schools and  companies throughout the area. We felt this piece fitted our project as it is from a neighbouring artist and reflects the time we’re 

Heart Hands

Heart Hands

We’re very proud to have been given permission to share this piece of work. It’s by Street Artist Nyces and was created last year as part of a project in Peterborough for the Diaspora Arts and Education Charity. This has come to reflect other issues 

In the Wash

In the Wash

By local author Diane Calton Smith.

‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any more what really happened. There are too many theories and there is too little evidence.

see more on her page here

We decided to add the book to the map as a nod to the river being a part of the town, but also a part of the wider history of the area. The river Nene goes out to the Wash.

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

Minecraft as Planning Tool!

The map was generated from LIDAR data – accurately representing the heights of everything from the ground up. It was then combined with street map data to judge whether there was a building, tree, street or in our case river. These blocks were then changed 

The Clarkson Memorial

The Clarkson Memorial

From Wikipedia: The Clarkson Memorial commemorates Thomas Clarkson (1760 – 1846), a central figure in the campaign against the slave trade in the British empire, and a former native of Wisbech. It dates from 1880 – 1881 and is a Grade II* listed building.[1] The 

Town Bridge

Town Bridge

Crossing the river where it has been crossed for centuries, this bridge leads from the High Street, Nene Parade, South Brink and Bridge Street across to North Brink and the Old Market. The main large building in front (with dark curved arches on the lower level) is No 1 North Brink, the Corn Exchange, with the Town Council Chamber above. The painting is by Clive Bilcliff and you can find it here

How She Felt

How She Felt

Sharon produces lovely cute animal designs in felt, on a small scale. Wanting to help in some way at the start of lockdown, she got talking to Fen Spirits who were producing hand sanitiser at their still. The result was Bear Hugs – to give 

A Recipe – Kim Allen

A Recipe – Kim Allen

Before the counting’s done…

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six Miles – Leanne Moden

Six miles, again, we’ll go today,

for honour built on broken blades.

We’ll tame these meres; skate far and fast,

with hopes that winter, long may last.

For cold that creeps and freezes fen

brings out the Runners once again.

In tests of wit and skill and speed

on crystal lakes, still wreathed with weeds.

Contracted muscles, chests pulled tight,

like frightened birds, we take to flight.

Sinews screaming, taut like wire,

in every eye, a glint of fire.

On flooded fen, we carve our names

as brackish blood runs through our veins.

The lure of wealth may spur some forth –

we skate for love and all we’re worth.

This subtle smoothness, ice unspoiled,

a canvas stretched o’er sunken soil.

To skate the marsh is to be free:

These Fenmen do not run; they flee!’

Shelley Youell

Shelley Youell

Shelley is a Spiritual Artist producing work on all kinds of media, often featuring Angel like figures. Find her on Facebook.

Brandon Mattless

Brandon Mattless

Local Illustrator/Designer, Brandon has produced work that has been sold across the UK including: Waitrose, ASDA, Clintons & UK Greetings He works with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum on ideas to support young artists. He has kindly sent us some of his pieces of Wisbech, 

In the Wash – Diane Calton Smith

In the Wash – Diane Calton Smith

Local writer Diane tells us a little about what she did during Lockdown – a productive time for many.
Writing Fenland Histories and Mysteries has been part of my life for the last six years, but lockdown really gave my writing a boost. There was time at last to concentrate on finishing my latest book and to make sure it really was ready for the publisher.
‘In The Wash’ is a Fenland History set in the time of King John. The loss of his baggage train in the Wash in 1216 has become interwoven with local legend and we have no way of knowing any more what really happened. There are too many theories and there is too little evidence.
I had to choose one theory for the medieval plotline and keep to it, running alongside it a modern day sequence of events to give it structure.
I love writing about the medieval era and this book has been such fun to write. It was hard work, certainly. There was a lot of research needed, as well as the solving of quite a few conundrums, but it was a happy project and one which I hope makes happy reading.
(It is available online through Amazon and Waterstones.)
Another Town – C J Mawganson

Another Town – C J Mawganson

What can be done

Is there ever a way

Mike Stallard

Mike Stallard

  Mike tells us: “The building is the centre of a tiny village in Hungary – I forget the name – which I did for my next door neighbour in return for a couple of jars of delicious pickles. It was her hometown. She moved 

Make a Wish – Anne Evans

Make a Wish – Anne Evans

Mixed Media and MDF

Anne tells us:

“I am 77 years old and during lockdown I had to isolate, to keep myself busy and my mind active I used this time to craft. Creating things has got me through lockdown. I made this piece with the words make a wish as the wish I would make was that Covid would go away and I could see all my family and friends again.”

Alice – Emma Evans

Alice – Emma Evans

acrylic on canvas with a mixed media clock. Emma tells us: I was inspired due to the way the world had changed during the start of coronavirus, everything was nearly the same but not quite right so I wanted to create a piece of work 

Clive Bilcliff

Clive Bilcliff

“One is a portrait in acrylics of my niece who is a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit in Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary. I painted it in tribute to her and all her NHS colleagues who have been helping in the fight against the coronavirus. 

Aimee Virgo

Aimee Virgo

A young artist, Aimee is 22, we love the range of styles she’s working on. Thanks for contributing Aimee and for sharing with your friends!

 

Luke Gillings

Luke Gillings

Here’s just a couple of pieces of Luke’s, check out his instagram for more! Luke tells us: I’m working on new stuff all the time and hopefully getting better. Ive been sketching mainly during the lock down working on gesture drawing trying to put more 

Simone

Simone

Interesting subjects, and textures. Living locally for 11 years, Simone wanted to share her work with us although she hasn’t created in a while. We hope this inspires her to do some more.  

Lockdown House Call – Kim Allen

Lockdown House Call – Kim Allen

 

Every day’s the same

Except today, the day my Swallow came

Swooping low, wheeling back

An accomplished aerial acrobat.

Taking a moment to stop and chat,

he told the tale of his journey 

From South Africa to here.

Asked politely where I’d been.

The big Tesco last week

and to the park each day,

only for an hour though,

I sighed in reply.

He told me about his flock.

Making murmurations,

flying in formation,

roosting together.

I shared anecdotes

Of cats interrupting

Work from home conference calls

and virtual socialising fails

He cocked his head

Nodded once.

took flight and left.

Will he return?

Tomorrow, I’ll be waiting.

No more time to wallow

I’ll stay at home, hoping

looking for my swallow.

Kim Allen

All the Social Distances You Need – Kim Allen

All the Social Distances You Need – Kim Allen

Roll up, roll up have I got a bargain for you…

Ghost Buses – Lorna Sugden

Ghost Buses – Lorna Sugden

The buses are running…

Judi by Lorna Sugden

Judi by Lorna Sugden

Lorna has also submitted a poem, pop over to our poetry section to read it (Ghost Buses)

Tom’s Football Game – Cardinal Cox

Tom’s Football Game – Cardinal Cox

A figure stands in Walpole St. Peter’s churchyard…

Jane Stuart – by Cardinal Cox

Jane Stuart – by Cardinal Cox

Natural princess in a basement room…