Resident poet at Barlaston’s Wedgwood Museum

Poetry and Creative writing workshops are taking place throughout October at The Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, with the Staffordshire Poet Laureate Bert Flitcroft.

Bert, who has previously run a workshop in Stone back in May, says:

On October 1st I begin my tenure as Resident Poet at The Wedgwood Museum in Staffordshire.

I am feeling both excited and privileged and would love lots of my poetry friends to share this with me and to come along for a great day out. The Wedgwood Collection is one of our National Treasures. It was purchased for the nation by the V & A and is housed in the Museum at Barlaston (an architectural award-winning building in its own right). It is an internationally-known, prestigious place and receives visitors from around the world.

I will be running a series of poetry/creative writing workshops based on the artefacts in the collection, They will run from 10.30am – 1.00pm, but the tickets allow you to spend the whole day at the museum, either to continue your writing in the afternoon or simply to enjoy the whole Wedgwood story, which reflects changing fashions and tastes, offers insight into periods of social history, and captures one man’s obsession with quality.

You might choose to spend a bit extra while you are there and have a go at ‘throwing a pot’ yourself, or indulge yourself with a traditional afternoon tea.

Not bad for a £7.50 ticket. Here are the workshop details and links to Wedgwood to book your place, or you can reserve a place directly with myself at:”

October 8th. 10.30 am – 1.00pm
A Thing of Beauty……..
A china cup….a chamber pot….a classic vase….a kiln….
a cauliflower….a cameo brooch………

October 15th. 10.30 am – 1.00pm
The Hand of God.
Shaping and moulding. Venus, a vase, and a teapot.

October 28th. 10.30 am – 1.00pm
The Essence of England.
Somewhat topical, you might think.

November 15th. 10.30am – 1.00pm
Neither Use nor Ornament ?
On vases, Victorians, flowers and foliage, black and blue.

December 3rd. 10.30am – 1.00pm
Cameo’s, Causes and Commemoratives.
Pottery with purpose.  

Tickets from
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