News from Rosie!

Someone has just emailed me to ask about the Litton Poetry Festival 2014.

Well, firstly, there was going to be another but it was decided that it would be better to combine it with Litton village’s WW1 event. Secondly, it would have been difficult to run something as big as last year without the grant from Derbyshire Arts who are faced with cutbacks.

So you might be pleased to hear that plans are being made for a Litton War and Peace Poetry Festival which will begin on Friday July 4th at 6 pm in Litton Church. We’re hoping that event will be a concert in the Village Church at 6 pm which will involve, among others, Litton School and the Tideswell Singers.

By that time the School will have had Helen Mort, Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate, working with them and will read poems that (we hope!) they will have written. Other war poems will be read or set to music – for example, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ and the song from Warhorse ‘Only Remembered’. There will be other music involved which will celebrate peace or – maybe – just LIFE!

We’re hoping there will be another Soundscape of Poetry in the church garden (like last year’s inspiring one) which will focus on war and peace poetry.

On Saturday afternoon, there’ll be a village street party, which will include a re-dedication of the playing field behind the church which was donated to the village in 1928 by a Miss Penfold in memory of those who fell in WW1. Cressbrook Band and possibly the village folk band will be involved. Helen Mort will hopefully be reading a poem she will have been commissioned to write, about Miss Penfold. Other items, side shows, etc. are yet to be confirmed. The street party (in the field!) will involve tea and cake and will be inclusive. All villagers will be invited to that event but non-villagers will need tickets which will be available in the village shop nearer the time.

Then on Sunday there’ll be a morning service in the church that focuses partly on WW1!


Rosie Ford


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