Replacing water with poppies.

Its been an incredible day! Its been all about the land today, no water metaphors in sight.

I was lucky enough to be asked to write a poem for the Sky of Poppies project which is currently installed in Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough.


Created by artist Charron Pugsley-Hill to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to also to pay respects to the 131 men who lost their lives from this city. The work includes a 1,000 felted poppies, all created by the community of Peterborough. I was asked to write a poem to reveal at the opening and I felt my first edit was very clever and I sent it to Charron and she said gingerly,  ‘I don’t like it, it doesn’t feel right’.

Charron was of course, spot on and I am more than happy to get a commission on the button and I took on what she said and I re-wrote it in half an hour and instead of trying to be all intellectual, I just felt it. When I sent her the final version, I was so happy that Charron loved it because this time I just let my heart write instead.

Please go and see the Sky of Poppies or find out more about  it at Charron’s blog here:

Its in situ till the 13th of November. Also check out Eve Marshall:   who also worked on the project too as her felting expertise is incredible.

Oh and this is me performing the poem and trying not cry.  Just click on the link to go through to Youtube: Sky of Poppies


Me and Eve Marshall bathed in Poppies and sunshine.









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