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Words and Wild Places anthology launch in south Shropshire

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A special event on Wednesday 20 March 2013 evening, organised by the Craven Arms- based charity Caring for God’s Acre, saw the launch of an anthology of poetry and prose entitled “Words and Wild Places”. 

Local people from across south Shropshire produced the poetry and prose at six two-day “Words and Wild Places” workshops that used landscape as a source of inspiration.  Led by Dr Paul Evans, country diary writer for The Guardian, the workshops were part of Caring for God’s Acre’s three-year Sacred Spaces Project funded by European Leader.

Sacred Spaces Project also supported a photographic competition with entries inspired by views of local people’s own special or sacred spaces from across the Shropshire Hills.  A selection of the photos illustrates the Words and Wild Places anthology.

Castle Voices, a singing group from Bishop’s Castle led by Anne Loughran, were also involved in Sacred Spaces Project.  In the Summer of 2012 visits were made to sacred sites in the area, such as Mitchell’s Fold and Hope Bagot churchyard, to sing landscape-inspired harmony songs.  Castle Voices performed a selection of songs at the launch of the Words and Wild Places anthology.

The Arts Council, through the National Lottery, supported the creative writing workshops and the publication of the anthology.

To see more of the work of Caring for God’s Acre, and for details of how to obtain a copy of the Words and Wild Places anthology, go to www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk.