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Stanza Stones

Together with Ilkley Literature Festival, imove commissioned Simon Armitage to write poems to be carved by Pip Hall into stones in the hills between Marsden and Ilkley. While the stones were being carved Simon worked with six groups of young writers and dancers aged between 12 and 26. They produced an anthology and performed live in Marsden Mechanics Hall, on Blackstone Edge near Oxenhope and by the Cow and Calf rocks above Ilkley. You can walk the Stanza Stones Trail and read the poems – In Memory of Water – with the help of this map.


Collaborating with:  Ilkley Literature Festival, Pip Hall, Simon Armitage, Calderdale Young Writers, Ilkley Literature Festival Young Writers, Lawrence Batley Theatre Young Writers, Leeds Young Authors, South Yorkshire Young Authors, Tadeeb International New Writers Project, The Writing Squad and Pennine Prospects. Supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.


The South Pennine Watershed

2011 – 2012




“The experience of being in the group and taking part in the workshops has been  inspiring.  Since I joined the Hebden Bridge Stanza Stones, words have taken on a new meaning.”


 “We’ve all very much appreciated the chance to get out onto the moors, meet and discuss with members of other groups and enjoyed the insights and opportunities afforded by Simon Armitage’s workshops.” – Tadeeb International Young Writer


Back to imove’s Cultural Olympiad programme for London 2012