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Making Sense of the Black Country
23 November, 2019, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Ramble through this multi-sensory walk across the Black Country’s overlooked landscape, literature and history brought to life by live writers and actors. It will change your perception of this often overlooked, ‘neglected’ region.
The walk weaves together five events focusing on the senses. Starting in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, we listen to Black Country sounds. At Wednesbury library, you are invited to do hands-on research during a workshop on ‘linguistic landscaping’, reading stories on public private and official signs in the Black Country. Writers will talk about the smells and tastes of the Black Country at Great Bridge library. At the Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, people will literally be ‘legging it’ by pushing a barge through tunnels.
A spectacular finale at the Black Country Living Museum brings together all the senses. Throughout the walk, people are invited to collect images, sounds and other materials to contribute to a sensory collage to be unveiled at Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2020.
This event is part of ‘The Black Country Unscene’ series organised by the University of Wolverhampton.
The walk weaves together five events focusing on the senses. You can either come to all of them or drop in to whichever ‘stop’ takes your fancy*:
11.00 – St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton
Poet Roy Macfarlane reads and Penelope Thomas introduces the “Voices and Noises” project
12:00 – Wednesbury Orbital
starting from Wednesbury bus station
12:30 – Wednesbury Library
Linguistic landscaping workshop with Irina Moore and Judith Hamilton
14:30 – Great Bridge Library
Snidge Scrumpin’ smell experiment with Tom Mercer, and writers Kerry Hadley-Pryce, Brendan Hawthorn
16:00 – Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust barge ride
…with skipper who guides you through the history of the canal – including a surprise…
17:00 – Black Country Living Museum
People encounter smell and sounds points and have Sensory School lesson that focuses on the history of Christmas.
18:30 – Mince pies and mulled wine
19:00 – Coach to Wolverhampton Station
* Please note: a coach will transport less mobile participants between the different events. As some parts of the walk will move through unpaved territory, you are advised to wear sensible shoes and clothing
In partnership withThe Black Country Living Museum; Wednesbury Library; Great Bridge Library; Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
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