Ripples in Circles

Ripples in Circles

by Maggie Grand on February 22, 2018

Ripples in Circles

Hertfordshire County Council employer Graham Duff worked with our trainees to create a unique poetry booklet. The magical environment of the Grand Union Canal inspired the poems and artwork.

The idea for the collection was twofold: to be a beneficially creative process for the Sunnyside Rural Trust poets and to encourage Council and NHS employees to explore their immediate environments in more mindful, therapeutic ways. Part of Sunnyside’s central ethos is to enhance the amount of freedom, dignity and independence, which people with learning disabilities have. This poetry collection adheres so closely to this primary focus, giving the individuals we work with a creative, autonomous voice, which has led to the most powerful and touching poetry.
The poems were written over a six week period following walks along the canal, taking time to soak in every sight and smell, touching the passing leaves and listening out for any sounds that caught our attention. They would then take these musings of the world around them back to paper, spilling them into words. Each poem in this collection exudes each person’s truest self, reflecting nothing less than each of their honest thoughts and feelings towards the time we spent together on those walks. The writing is boldly expressed, experimental and commanding.

Local artist Jonathan Killick kindly donated beautiful watercolour paintings of the Grand Unions canal for the poetry book. We also aim to create unique canvas wall art to sell to raise money for our next creative project.

Creating the booklet gave those who are often defined by what they can’t do, an opportunity to show us how they can wrap us in their imaginative visions and passionate inspirations. Their words are a testament to each of their individual personalities and experiences – let them take you on their walk down the canal so you might make yours.

Pick up a copy from Sunnyside Up Farm shop, Hemel Food Garden, Two Waters Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9BY open Monday to Saturday 10am – 3pm

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