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from sea to sea - renga along Hadrian's Wall

This was a series of renga workshops by Alec Finlay.

A total of 8 renga were held. Each renga was led by a master poet and was an opportunity for a group of people to collectively contribute to making a renga poem.

Writing on the Wall was featured on Open Country on Radio 4, where Richard Uridge interviewed Alec Finlay and Steve Chettle at the Sandysike renga.

There is a very good written introduction included on the website. The connection happened as a result of Cloud Nine – The Troubadours Tour being featured in The Guardian. Open Country also covered the Vindolanda Tablets, which has extended national media coverage on Hadrian’s Wall for both its contemporary and historical facets.

The rengas took place at the following locations:

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields
Wednesday 3rd September
Master Poet - Bill Herbert.

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Arbeia

Walbottle Campus
Friday 5th September (school only event)
Master Poet - Ken Cockburn

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Walbottle

Housesteads Roman Fort
Sunday 7th September
Master Poet - Gerry Loose

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Housesteads

St Oswald's Church, Heavenfield
Tuesday 9th September
Master Poet - Linda France.

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Heavenfield

The 2004 renga took place at the following locations:

Sandysike Farmhouse, Walton
Monday 6th September
Master Poet - Subhadassi

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renga at sandysike

Beaumont Parish Hall, Kirkandrews on Eden
Wednesday 8th September
Master Poet - Jacob Polley

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renga at Kirkandrews

Bowness on Solway
Friday 10th September
Master Poet - Martin Lucas

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renga at Bowness

Birdoswald Roman Fort
Sunday 12th September
Master Poet - David J Platt

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renga at birdoswald

images by Morvern Gregor and Steve Chettle

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