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Flower Feast Sunday 3 July!

 

If you’re going to West Norwood Feast…

…be sure to wear a flower in your hair…

This Sunday it’s a flower filled Feast and we require general skipping and the wearing of flowers (in hair, on shirts, skirts and shorts).

New Feast Community Hub!

There’s a whole new Feast thing to do (if you live in Gipsy Hill ward, take special note). The wonderful Community Shop on Vale Street is hosting a pop up event with Feast, the Library of Things, Bzz Garage & Open Orchard!

The Library of Things is having its launch on Feast Sunday and will be open on the Community Shop site for you to borrow anything from a garden strimmer, wetsuit or circular saw to a whole fleet of hi viz jackets (if you like that sort of thing)(we do).

You will also be able to build your own burgers & hot dogs from the Community Shop’s van, made from surplus food and only £1.50 each! Yum!

For more information on the day, go here!

Fine Feast happenings

There will be plenty of green fingered activities for children (and adults) to do – like make your own cork garden! You can do this at Family Wellbeing, Artisans or Fresh n Green (and then take them home to put on your fridge).

The hills of West Norwood will be alive with music (and flowers).

Special highlights are the Big Sing at the Portico Gallery with seven local choirs (!!) and a book reading at the library by our very own Feast volunteer, Carron…

There will also be two fun Family Fitness sessions up on the grass at Family Wellbeing, run by a local fitness trainer who will make this a regular Feast thing. Get the whole family up and moving!

And apart from Feast…

To mark the Rio Olympics and a week of celebrating South American culture at the Portico Gallery, we are showing this wonderful WONDERFUL Brazilian film, Central Station, on Sat 16th July. These screenings are run entirely by Feast Film Nights volunteers and this film is the last of the season before the summer break, so do go along and see it.

See you at Feast!

The Emergency Poet coming to April Feast!

The world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service

598909_621112567931691_1614546534_nA mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. In the waiting room under an attached awning Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the Cold Comfort Pharmacy. There are skulls, jars of eyeballs and other body parts inside the ambulance.

Dressed in white coat an
d stethoscope, Emergency Poet travels in her 1970’s ambulance, accompanied by Nurse Verse or The Poemedic to literary and music festivals, libraries, schools, pubs, weddings and conferences… anywhere where poetic help may be urgently required…

PoetrySlabs at Feast

The  first Feast of the year is poetry themed!

Coming soon (on April 3rd, in fact) to a neighbourhood exceptionally close to you – West Norwood’s very first poetry-themed FEAST. This special day of occasional versification will be anchored by the instinctively lyrical Deborah Alma, the one-and-only EMERGENCY POET, who will be parking her Larkinesque ambulance near the Family Wellbeing Hub (at the West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre) from 11am to 4pm.

‘A mix of the serious, the therapeutic, and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. In the waiting room under an attached awning, Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the Cold Comfort Pharmacy. There are skulls, jars of eyeballs and other body parts inside the ambulance. Dressed in white coat and stethoscope, the Emergency Poet travels in her 1970s ambulance, accompanied by Nurse Verse or The Poemedic, to literary and music festivals, libraries, schools, pubs, weddings and conferences… anywhere where poetic help may be urgently required…’

Marching in lockstep with the elegiac spirit of the day will be PoetrySlabs, a two-person local initiative to stick stanzas, sonnets, doggerel, and dithyrambs on pavements and walls throughout bucolic West Norwood (bucolic, that is, if you factor in our magnificent cemetery, whose permanent residents include 12 dead poets, from proper Victorian ladies like Menella Bute Smedley to Alfred Watts Dunton, who looked after that paragon of Victorian impropriety, Algernon Charles Swinburne). From 3pm to 4pm at St Luke’s, PoetrySlabs will be hosting readings from the work of poets as diverse as Walter de la Mare, Wendy Cope, DH Lawrence, Liz Lochead, and e e cummings. PoetrySlabs will also be formally announcing the opening of a poetry competition as part of its wider mission to make a super-positive contribution to West Norwood’s ongoing renaissance.

Remember – poetry is for everyone. We look forward to seeing you.