Posts in Coast to Coast to Coast
A selection of Stitch Translations from Poetry in Aldeburgh exhibition

In response to my prompt, on or as close as possible to 31 August 2018, at 8pm, poets drafted a poem at their chosen coast; each draft was given location, date and time as a title, and poets sent a few lines to me representing the essence of their writing. 

 One line of text was selected from each poet to create a litany of the coast around the UK and Ireland and beyond. For my residency as Artist in Residence at Poetry in Aldeburgh, the litany resulted in a concertina journal of 96 lines tracing the coasts of the UK, Ireland, and beyond.

 Each line of the litany was also translated into abstract works resulting in 48 stitched pieces for display.

The artworks were depicted in the order of the litany: the journey around the coast starts at the Pier Head in Liverpool, tours the coast of Northern Ireland, travels around Ireland including Galway, Kerry, Cork, and Wicklow before travelling to Wales, Somerset, Cornwall, along the south coast, west to east, and up the east coast to Whitby, and beyond to Scotland, east to west from Aberdeen to Loch Fyne, over to the Isle of Arran before returning to Southport and Crosby in Merseyside.

It was a pleasure to include four poets located outside of the UK (South of France, Geneva, Turkey, and California), at the time of writing

The slides show a selection of the 48 art works

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Coast to Coast to Coast: map, line, and stitch — poetry into stitch From Aldeburgh to Pier Head

Coast to Coast to Coast: map, line, and stitch. Stitch Translations— poetry into stitch       

Maria will give an illustrated talk about her project which was shown at the South Lookout at Poetry in Aldeburgh in November. The talk will be followed by a shared reading of the graphics piece created from the lines written at locations around the UK, Ireland, and beyond, and will conclude with some of Maria’s own recent work including that created as part of her residency at Aldeburgh. There will be an opportunity for questions, and a chance to see the 48 textile pieces. Copies of the limited edition concertina journal will be available for sale. 

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Results of second 'individual-poet' limited edition hand-stitched poetry journal

I’m delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of Coast to Coast to Coast’s second competition:

Maureen Boyle

Pam Thompson.

Susannah Violette

Finola Scott
Mara Adamitz Scrupe.

Lydia Harris and Isabelle Bermudez

Winners will receive limited edition hand-stitched copies of their journals at a launch in Liverpool next summer.

Previous winners earlier this year were, Jane Lovell and Rebecca Gethin

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Launch of Issue 4 of Coast to Coast to Coast: Liverpool, August 18th, 2018

Issue 4 of Coast to Coast to Coast launched in Falkner Square. Big thanks to Michael Allen for being part of our project and for sharing his wonderful space with us all.

The journal was first envisaged a few years ago as an original art piece which would combine distinctive, one-off pieces with contemporary poetry from both established poets we admired and strong work from emerging and ‘beginning’ poets.  Over the first year, Coast to Coast to Coast published poets from and sent journals all over the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe, to Mexico, India and The Emirates. Establishing a real community through the project has been one of the loveliest aspects of the project.

Our fourth launch marked our first birthday… we hope you enjoy photographs of our event and birthday cake. Thank you to our readers who purchase, and in some cases collect the journals. We sold out of Issue 1, and our Irish Issue, and have very few copies of Issue 4 remaining.

Here’s to our second year…

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a brief summary and photo memory of the launch of Issue 3, Falkner Square, April 7th 2018

The launch of Issue 3 at our new venue on Falkner square was a beautiful event introduced by Michael Allen who shared something of the history of the flat with its literary heritage. Carole Bromley, Pam Thompson, Michael Ferry, Rachael Smart, Mandy Macdonald, Peter Daniels, and Sandra Burnett read some of their work, and Michael and I read poems from those who couldn't make the launch*.

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Launch of Special Irish Edition at Belfast Book Festival

Thanks to Maria McManus (, and Keith Acheson for ideas, invitation and welcome. It was a privilege to create journals for Belfast Book Festival and to hear so many of the poets, each with their distinctive voice and writerly concerns: John Mee, Heather Richardson, Stephanie Conn, Therese Kieran, Michael Farry, Annette Skade, Moyra Donaldson, Attracta Fahy, Paul Jeffcutt, Olive Broderick, Georgi Gill, Daragh Breen and Jane Robinson.

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Results of Coast to Coast to Coast Portfolio Competition

Michael and I have now completed our consideration of work submitted for Coast to Coast to Coast's first competition.

Many congratulations to the two poets who will have work published between hand stitched covers in limited edition journals, and to three poets each to have 2 poems in Issue 4 or Issue 5 of Coast to Coast to Coast. 

Runners up are:

Molly Vogel;

Russell Jones,

William Daunt

Winners are: 


Jane Lovell for her portfolio, Forbidden

Rebecca Gethin for her portfolio Messages

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Coast to Coast to Coast: a new Poetry journal

We wanted to create a journal which was different to other poetry journals and magazines we admire and have subscribed to, and also wanted the journal to be a small piece of art in itself.

Coast to Coast to Coast will be launched at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool on Thursday August 17th where contributors to the journal, including Katharine Towers, John Foggin, Julie Hogg, and Will Daunt will read from their work. 

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