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Working with Simon Armitage and young writers from Calderdale

Wordstones is a new trail of stones along the Calder Valley, carved with words written by some of the area’s most talented young writers.


Pennine poet Simon Armitage has worked with Calderdale Young Writers to create this new literary trail to mark the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics and to continue the legacy of ‘Stanza Stones’.  Each stone carries words written by the young writers, bringing the creative inspiration that Simon helped them find at the top of the Pennines back down into their valley communities.


Wordstones has grown from Stanza Stones, part of Imove’s Cultural Olympiad programme. Together with Ilkley Literature Festival, imove commissioned Simon to write a series of poems to be carved into rocks, walkways and stones along The Pennine Way.  While the stones were being carved, Simon worked with young writers to create their own Pennine inspired poems.


Simon has continued his work with Imove and Calderdale Young Writers to create these three new Wordstones. They can now be discovered in Hebden Bridge town centre, at the Memorial Gardens in Mytholmroyd and at Orangebox in Halifax.


Wordstones is delivered with the help of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Orangebox and Calderdale Council, Tom Lonsdale and Pip Hall.  It is supported by funding made available through the South Pennines LEADER programme (Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

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