Poetry as you wait at Stalybridge station
We teamed up with local creative writing students to brighten up Stalybridge station with poems. Their tutor Rachel Laurence organised the ‘Moving Journeys’ poetry workshop at Stalybridge Library with the final pieces now lining the walls of the platform four waiting room at Stalybridge station.
There was a great mix of local writers, with the students ranging in age from 43 all the way through to 98-year-old Thora Beddard. The poems’ subjects reflect the different life experiences of the students, but captured the spirit of the Victorian built Stalybridge station where the old and new exist so comfortably together.
Will Munton, FTPE Station Manager at Stalybridge, commented: “We are committed to supporting the local community across our network. The exhibition in the platform four waiting room is the latest in a series of fantastic poetry exhibitions at stations along the TransPennine route, with Dewsbury and Huddersfield already benefiting from this wonderful initiative. The poems add that local touch which visitors will really enjoy.”
Creative writing tutor Rachel Laurence said: “Even as the last poems were being set in place, people were coming in to read them and take photographs. The launch was a great finale to the whole project and for the writers. It is a great feeling for them, knowing that people will be entertained by their poems for a long time to come.”