November 6th 2020

Three Poetic Postcards from Boundary Way Allotments

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As part of Postcards from the Plot, our project which aims to explore and share the meaning and importance of allotments, we were delighted to invite the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists to explore Boundary Way in search of inspiration.

Local Poets Dave Pitt, Emma Purshouse and Steve Pottinger spent the day at the allotment in late summer taking in the sights and chatting to plotholders along the way, leaving inspired and ready to write. Now we are in Autumn, it is time to reveal the poetic output from their visit to Boundary Way in the form of three wonderful poems illustrated in films of the allotment by Rachel Gillies. The resulting three poems are different in style, length and voice, but are united in their admiration and representation of the essence of Boundary Way and its community. To illustrate the poems, we were visited by Birmingham filmmaker Rachel Gillies who traced the footsteps of the poets with camera in tow to capture their experience for everyone to enjoy through film. She has taken the poems, spoken by their writers, and combined them with these images to produce three enchanting films, which we have shared across social media. You can watch and listen to the three films below: Boundary Way Plots by Emma Purshouse -

'...Notebooks open, pens are chewed, schemes sprout like mares tale. A windmill, bug hotel, camera obscura. At kitchen tables, round hearth and firesides throughout short days and dark nights. These dreamers dream of blueberries, rich pickings from a raspberry bush, the tart tang of rhubarb on the tongue, of squash, potatoes, chard and chives...'

The Joy of Herbie by Dave Pitt -> 'I'm lucky ay I, getting to spend my days on Boundary Way. Watching the bees tickling their feet in the mouths of sword lilies before being called over by the dial of a sunflower. Watching the school kids scuff up their new shoes and get their shirts muddy, turning to one of their younger mates and saying these'll be gorgeous when they come up.'

Come to Me Now by Steve Pottinger -> 'Come to me now. On these autumn mornings when the light is gold, when fruit trees hang heavy for harvest, when theres's a hint of cold in the air first thing. A sense of purpose to the gathering in...'

Thank you to Emma, Dave, Steve and Rachel for their work on these fantastic poems and films inspired by the allotment. This project was made possible thanks to emergency funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Part of Boundary Way Project’s ‘Postcards from the Plot' series.