South Molton Panorama 2019

Capturing South Molton in Your Words and Images:
A community poetry film project

As part of the Deep Roots Festival 2021, poet Rosie Jackson and film-maker Gordon McKerrow have been asked by Arts Destination South Molton (ADSM) to make a poetry film about living in South Molton and the surrounding area.

We want people of all generations to take part.

The film will be of images you have taken or made – photos, video clips, paintings, sketches – and your voices reading lines you have written. These will be edited together, making a vibrant celebration of our community: to capture this time, as we come out of lockdown.

What does living in South Molton mean to you?

• Been here for generations, or newly arrived?
• Things you enjoy?
• How about the market, shops, music?
• Your feelings walking around the town?
• What about its history?
• Your favourite part, town or countryside?
• Most important things in your neighbourhood?
• What holds special memories?
• Describe living here!
• Your vision for the town in the future?

You can do any of these things:
• Take a photo capturing something special about living here.
• Draw or paint a scene or take a photo of your work.
• Write a few lines about your experience of the town.

Photos/video clips on phones are fine. You might offer to help someone who doesn’t have a camera phone!

South Molton in Bloom by Karolina Andreasova

Invite your friends and family to take part and send in their ideas!

Closing date for images/video clips and/or words/poems is 12 June 2021.

Send them to:! Paper copies are also acceptable; please mark them ADSM – and drop them off at South Molton Library.

NEED HELP? Drop us an email!

Come to Rosie’s online writing workshop on Saturday 5th June to learn how to write poems to go with your images. The session starts at 2pm and finishes at 3:30pm (‘doors’ open at 1:45pm).
Get your free ticket for the Zoom workshop here.

DO JOIN IN! The more people involved, the more interesting the outcome.

Everyone whose words are chosen will be invited to record their lines, either on a phone or computer (someone else can read them if you prefer!).

We look forward to seeing what you all submit!
Once we receive everything, as many of your images and words will be included as possible. From your ideas, Rosie will create a collective poem to accompany the film Gordon will make, with additional sounds and images.

On Saturday afternoon 25 September the film will be shown in The Assembly Rooms, South Molton and be made available for permanent viewing on social media.

[Copyright of the words and images will remain with the individual contributors and everyone who takes part will be named and acknowledged in the film].

ADSM is very grateful to Home Instead North Devon and Exmoor for sponsoring this legacy project for our town.

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