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Poems, Stories and Songs

As part of our project, a number of creative arts workshops were held for the public and school aged children. These included poetry and music workshops with musician Heather Wastie and craft sessions at the Museum of Carpet.

You can read some of the stories and poems produced and inspired by the cottages here. You can also listen to a series of songs developed by Heather with children of St Mary's Primary School Kidderminster, which now form a wonderful local history learning resource in music! More information can be found in our online brochure.

Poems

Keep Your Hands Where I Can See Them

by Kathy Gee

We leave their noisy grown-up world of market hubbub, bang and barter... Read more
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Top to bottom

by Kathy Gee

Second storey windows.
Light for the making...
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The Sweet Shop

by Maggie Doyle

Her children were borrowed. Each day, after school, the shop bell jangled.... Read more
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The Weaver's Daughter

by Maggie Doyle

No fairy stories nor longed-for dreams; life is exactly as it seems .... Read more
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A Penny’s Worth

by Sharon Cartwright

A whole penny was what Grandad gave.
Should I spend or should I save? ...
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Sweet Excess

by Sharon Cartwright

Mmmmmm……
First some shrimps! ...
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Stories

The Weaver's daughter

By Margaret E Green inspired by Donna Baker’s Book “The Weaver’s Daughter”

To be in service; that word was far too much like servitude for my liking... Read more
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Upstairs

By Sharon Cartwright

“Gran? Come on Gran.” And heavy eyelids lift over rheumy eyes. ... Read more
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