'The Memory Garden' at the Bridges Festival on 13 & 14 August

On Saturday 13 August and Sunday 14 August, during the Bridges Festival 2011, NCLA will be creating a Memory Garden where writers-in-residence poet Linda France and prose writer Viccy Adams want you to bring along your memories of finding a garden and losing yourself in it. Can you remember the first time you planted a bulb? Picked a wildflower? Fell out of a tree?  Who did you last talk to in a garden? Can you remember what you did last summer?

In the Memory Garden you will find a variety of prompts to get you thinking and remembering. Leave us an audio recording of a memory, or write one down and hang it in our garden of trees. After the Bridges Festival 2011, the memories recorded will be used by Linda and Viccy to create a permanent piece of public art called ‘The Memory Tree’. If you can’t make it along in person, please contribute by emailing your memory of ‘finding a garden and losing yourself in it’ to victoria.adams@newcastle.ac.uk by the 15th August 2011.

The NCLA Memory Garden will be based at the Gateshead end of the Swing Bridge from 11am to 9pm Saturday 13 August and from 10am to 4pm Sunday 14 August. This event is free and is suitable for all ages

Linda France has worked on many cross-arts collaborations and public art projects alongside publishing seven poetry collections – including The Toast of the Kit Cat Club (Bloodaxe, 2005), a biography in verse of the 18th century traveller and writer Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, book of days, a ‘year renga’ (Smokestack, 2009) and You Are Her (Arc, 2010).  She also edited the acclaimed anthology Sixty Women Poets (Bloodaxe 1993, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation). Linda’s work has been broadcast widely on radio and television and published in various anthologies, magazines and newspapers.  She teaches Creative Writing at Newcastle University and in other community contexts. Last year Linda was Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Moorbank Botanic Garden and her work there will appear in the form of a sculpture and a pamphlet in Autumn 2011.


 Viccy Adams has published a large number of short stories in print anthologies and online, and runs community writing projects such as www.writearoundthetoon.co.uk. She teaches creative writing at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities, and enjoys collaborating with other writers and artists whenever the opportunity arises. Viccy works part-time as Creative Writing Development Officer for the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, and from September 2011 will also be the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence at the School of Informatics, Edinburgh University. She has a particular interest in literature and technology.

published on: 1st August 2011

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