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RADIO SUFFOLK / BIBBLER'S FUNERAL

In January 2022 on my monthly slot on the Lesley Dolphin Show on BBC Radio Suffolk, I read a new poem called, 'Bibbler's Funeral'. 'Bibbler' was a real local character with a proper Suffolk nickname. He was a farmer from Carlton Colville, who sadly passed away in November at the grand old age of 88. My mum says, ‘If you come from Carlton, you know who Bibbler is!' and his funeral packed out the village church in December. It was like a gathering of the older generations but everyone was in their masks so no-one could recognise each other of course. And that would have been Bibbler's 89th birthday the following Saturday, so it's nice to have had a chance to read a poem story about him on Radio Suffolk. You can hear 'Bibbler's Funeral' on the video box on this page or on YouTube by clicking here.

SPREAD A LITTLE KIRKLEYNESS

Last summer I created 'Spread a Little Kirkleyness' video poem, commissioned by East Suffolk Council under the London Road, Lowestoft High Street Heritage Action Zone. The poem was created by gathering stories and memories via local interest Facebook pages and the film combines new footage filmed by Joshua Freemantle with rare archive photos from the collections of Bert Collyer, Jack Rose and Robert Whybrow. You can watch the film on this page or on YouTube.

HALESWORTH WHISPERS

The video poem 'Halesworth Whispers' was also launched last summer. Written and created by me, as part of a residency to explore and celebrate the town and its people during the lockdowns of 2020-21. I gathered memories, stories and thoughts from locals, reaching out to many who’ve been feeling 'cast adrift'. You can also see the poem here or on YouTube.

 

'Halesworth Whispers' was generated by the Celebrating Us residency, organised by Suffolk Artlink and Dance East with funding from Arts Council England.