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Ferry Tales Store now open

If you have enjoyed the project you can now buy collections of the poems,photographs and songs created by the Ferry Tales artists and our community. Visit the Store page on the main navigation bar above or click here.

We have a 88 page anthology of poems and photographs as well as CD of 12 songs for a very reasonable combined price of £10 (+£3 p&p). You can also buy the items separately.

Ferry Tales Concert 22nd April 2017

There was standing room only at Dimbola Museum & Galleries on Saturday 22nd April, when approximately 50 people celebrated a year of the Ferry Tales project with poetry from Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fulleylove, music by Dom Prag and JC Grimshaw (accompanied by Kath Grimshaw on violin) – and special Ferry Tales perceptions from guest writer Philip Hoare.

Some of the audience had travelled from Dorset and Hampshire, others had come across the Island from Newport, Bembridge and Ventnor, and many came from West Wight. Dimbola was a perfect venue on a sunny day, with the sea shining through its windows and ferry tales, poems and songs within. The voices of some of the hundreds of ferry passengers, who shared their words with the Ferry Tales team by writing on luggage tags given out on various ferry routes to and from the Island, could be heard in poems read by Lydia and Robyn, who also read several memorable ones of their own – about personal ferry journeys and voyagers on the Solent, from Jane Austen to today’s Islanders and visitors.
Dom Prag sang his evocative ‘Chain Ferry Blues’ and ‘Young Man on a Ferry’ as well as poignant songs with lyrics created by participants in one of the Ferry Tales writing workshops, while JC Grimshaw took the audience on-board to relax and drift away on a tide of uplifting tunes, or to sing along with his beautifully haunting songs based on local stories, such as ‘Sally don’t you weep’ or ‘Take me Home Bosun’.
It was a wonderful afternoon. The Ferry Tales exhibition of photographs by Mark Lanigan, poems and music, runs until 1st July at Dimbola, when it will transfer to Lymington Library for the Lymington Arts Festival on 6-8th July. There will be another free concert in Lymington Reformed Church at 7pm on Friday 7th July, with guest poet, Maggie Sawkins and the Ferry Tales team.All are welcome – it will be worth travelling to be there!
A CD and a special Ferry Tales anthology are available to buy in the shop at Dimbola Museum & Galleries.

Anthology and CD ready for Ferry Tales launch on 22nd April

Everything is ready for the launch event at Dimbola Museum and Galleries on 22nd April at 3.30pm. The Ferry Tales team been working hard on finalising the anthology of poetry and photographs which is a superb collection of the poems written by the Ferry Tales poets and the many people who contributed poems and ideas to the project. It also contains a sample of the images Mark Lanigan created for the project.

Songwriters JC Grimshaw and Dom Prag have done a wonderful job creating a CD of exceptional songs for the project and both the CD and anthology are now available for sale. We will set up a page shortly to allow you to buy direct from us. Just give us a few days as we’re running around trying to finalise the exhibition.

Anthology dead-line Monday 20th February 2017

The dead-line for submitting poems to be considered for the Ferry Tales poetry anthology is Monday 20th February. All poems posted on the Ferry Tales website will be considered but, unfortunately, we are not able to include everyone in the anthology.

Agreeing to allow your poem to be posted on the website will be taken as also giving permission for it to be published in the anthology, if selected. Poets will keep copyright of their individual works.

It will still be possible to submit poems for the website after 20th February.

 

Saturday January 28th 2017

If you’d like a chance to get together for a ferry trip with Maggie and some of her Portsmouth workshop participants, you are welcome to join them on the 1pm ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 28th January 2017.Please book a ticket individually with Wightlink as this is not an official Ferry Tales event but an informal gathering of Ferry Tale friends.

The car ferry leaves from the ferry terminal in Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth (PO1 2LA), which is about a 10 minute walk from Portsmouth Harbour rail station. Please allow plenty of time to get there as foot passengers need to be ready, with their tickets, at least 15 minutes before sailing (according to the website).

Maggie will offer some suggestions for writing that you can try out on the boat – the crossing takes 45 minutes. Once ashore, you might like to join others for the short walk to nearby Quarr Abbey with its inspiring grounds, art gallery, bookshop, visitor centre and teashop (open until 4pm). Maggie will come back on the 5pm crossing but there is also one at 4pm if you prefer an earlier return with Robyn, Mark and Dom.

Robyn Bolam, Lydia Fulleylove, JC Grimshaw, Mark Lanigan and Dom Prag are all planning to join Maggie for what promises to be an inspiring day!

Contact: maggie@ferrytales.org

Lydia Fulleylove and JC Grimshaw will be travelling out on the 12 noon ferry from Fishbourne to Portsmouth on 28th January, so if you are on the Isle of Wight and would like to join them for a round trip, returning with Magggie & co. at 1pm, you will be very welcome. There will be opportunities to write on both legs of the journey! Again, please book a ticket individually with Wightlink as this is not an official Ferry Tales event but an informal gathering of Ferry Tale friends.

Contact: lydia@ferrytales.org

FIRST WIGHTLINK FERRY TALES TRIP

Thank you to the crew and passengers on the 11.00 and 12.00 crossings between Lymington and Yarmouth yesterday. Special thanks go to the Captain who made us welcome and made an announcement about the project, to the Bosun and his crew who were friendly and helpful, and to all the passengers who joined in and gave us their thoughts, ideas and, sometimes, artwork to inspire our poems and songs. We’ll be back! Robyn & Dom

12th July 2016

POETRY,PAINTING AND SONG EVENING AT ST BARBE MUSEUM 8th JULY 2016 LAUNCHES FERRY TALES PROJECT

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Paul Armfield, Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fulleylove (l to r)

Lymington residents were invited to a free evening event at St Barbe Museum as part of the Lymington Arts Festival and the St Barbe Summer Exhibition. Ferry Tales poets Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fullylove read poems inspired by the exhibition and Paul Armfield performed songs based on paintings entered into the 2016 exhibition.

 

 

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Robyn and Lydia also picked the winner of the open poetry competition and the winner was Anne Summerfield for her poem Tulips in June which was inspired by the painting Still Life with Tulips by Victoria Garland.

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Anne Summerfield and Mark Tomlinson

Poetry,Paintings and Song-22Mark Tomlinson, Museum Director, welcomed the visitors and performers to the event and awarded the prize to Anne. Robyn Bolam, Ferry Tales Poet, explained the project and encouraged the audience to submit poems via the web site and to meet the artists on their forthcoming ferry crossings.

 

FERRY TALES PROJECT WORKSHOPS  (1 & 2) ‘WRITING FOR WELL BEING’ GROUP

Our first ‘Writing for Well Being’ workshop got underway at the Jubilee Store in Newport, on the banks of the tidal River Medina which inspires sea-going thoughts.  Our focus was the idea of leaving behind places we especially love.  W.H. Auden’s Look Stranger on this Island Now, suggested how we might remember a place through our senses, and with this in mind we wrote individually, then made a collaborative poem about a particular place which each one of us might find hard to leave behind.

In the second part of the workshop, we explored the idea of boats – real, as in those moored close by outside the building – and boats of the mind, or ‘Curious Craft’ as created by poet Philip Gross… a boat made of poems…  a boat made of second thoughts…  An example of one of these poems written by one of the group will follow.

In our next workshop, we started with Emily Dickinson’s exciting poem Exultation is the going of an inland soul to sea. This sparked discussion and thoughts about our own feelings on the different occasions when we leave the island.  Completing the sentence ‘Leaving Port is…’ led us into individual flow writing, then a collaborative poem.

We also took a light-hearted alliterative look at what we might do on board, or take with us on the voyage and some of these ideas became part of the poem Forgotten. 

Lydia Fulleylove (Workshop leader)

26 June 2016