For three months, Of Earth And Sky sees giant-sized poetry appear in over 30 locations in Blackburn and Darwen from professional and amateur poets based locally, regionally and nationally. In addition to the trail, more poetry can be seen daily on the digital screen in Blackburn Town Centre.
If you come across one of the poetry inscriptions, scan the QR code with the camera on your mobile phone to read the full poem.
Hover over the map to find out which poems you can see where, and plan your route!
Don’t forget to share your experience with your friends and family on social media and to tag us in your photos. #festivalofmaking
Through a call out to the people of Lancashire, 130 poem submissions were whittled down to a selection of 11 excerpts by Hafsah Aneela Bashir and the panel of curators.
These excerpts sit alongside those from a selection of internationally renowned poets, each of whom featured in Hafsah’s Poetry Health Service.
By using the map above or scanning the QR codes in-person, you can find the author behind each poem.
Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a Manchester-based poet, playwright & performer originally from East London. Founder and co-director of Outside The Frame Arts, she is passionate about championing voices outside the mainstream, challenging the gatekeepers of knowledge and increasing diverse representation within the arts.
Winner of the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship 2019, she is an Associate Artist with The Poetry Exchange, Associate Artist with Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Supported Artist at The Royal Exchange Theatre, Mcr. Her debut poetry collection The Celox And The Clot is published by Burning Eye Books. She has worked creatively with Manchester International Festival, Ballet Black Ldn, HOME Theatre Mcr, Manchester Literature Festival, ANU Productions Irl and the Imperial War Museum. She is currently writing the libretto for The Bridge Between Breaths, a FormidAbility & Tete a Tete festival commission exploring Britain’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and is founder and Creative Director of the recently launched, Poetry Health Service – a free service providing poetry panaceas as a tool for connection and healing with over 80 contributors.
Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world. He is now known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks.
With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums. Working with some of the most established cultural organisations to create his artworks, in 2019 alone, he had 117 exhibitions in 22 different countries around the world. In 2020 was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bristol, made an Honorary Academician of the RWA and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Of Earth and Sky was originally commissioned by the Gloucester Culture Trust
The project in Lancashire has been made possible by funding and partnership support from Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Super Slow Way, Graham & Brown and Blackburn Rovers Football Club.