Poetry in motion as young people in the Borough of Wigan learn about verse and paper folding


Wigan-based arts organization Healthy Arts has received £44,370 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, kicking off a year of artistic exploration.

One project, centered at Leigh Spinners Mill, sees artist Brian Whitmore hold masterclasses in making paper cranes while poet Louise Whitmore teaches the intricacies of haiku.

Schools and community groups can approach Healthy Arts for workshops and choose one of the following themes: Birds and Migration, Mills and Local History, Hope and Happiness, Kathleen Mary-Drew Baker and The Queen.

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The 12-month project will bring people of various age groups and cultures together in the community and at the local historic site, while improving knowledge of local history and nature and establishing a legacy of three new creative groups, which will aim to continue in the future.

Schools, community groups and artists will have the opportunity to come together using their creativity in a program of workshops.

Activities will also include dance, creative writing, theater and performance, oral storytelling, pottery and visual arts. The project will lead to a festive exhibition and a closing evening in the spring of 2023.

Jo Platt, Managing Director of Leigh Spinners Mill, said: “The one-year Platinum Jubilee project is important for the mill. It is essential for us to work alongside tenants, the community and Healthy Arts to mark such an important celebration of our monarch.


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