Yesterday was our participative poetry event on the Penistone Line for National Poetry Day. We had a great time reading out all the poems we had sent us, some of our own and some classics from the National Poetry Day ‘Poems to Share’ archive.

We took a few photos and LOADS of video to now sort through. The audio isn’t great as just shot on our phones but you can hear everything including train announcements and all the background noise of the trains on the tracks. Thanks to Hayley, Joan and Amanda for joining us and sharing their work!

Videos to be uploaded shortly once basic edits done. We think our next poetry event on the train should be either in the waiting rooms and/or train station pubs and/or over the announcement system!

I also had some unused hooks from my Recyclables install in my bag and was talking about these. Lenny hung one on his finger and there was born the idea to have a travelling finger gallery exhibition (watch this space).



Vanessa and I spent last night printing and laminating all the Interchange poems we’ve received via open call and workshop, plus some National Poetry Day ‘poems to share’ classics from their website.

We’ve issued our press release this morning and are pretty much ready for our event!


Interchange for National Poetry Day

Thursday 4 October

13:08-14:28 Huddersfield to Sheffield

14:35-15:50 Sheffield to Huddersfield

Interchange is a participative poetry event on the Penistone Line for National Poetry Day.

People can embark at any station on the Penistone Line to hear poetry and writing curated by the Dwell Time artist collective.

Anyone can also join in with words of their own, either brought to the event or written on postcards provided at the event. Dwell Time artists will perform people’s poetry if preferred, credited or anonymous. Each contribution is exchanged for a limited edition pin badge.

All contributions will be included on the Dwell Time blog and considered for publishing in the Dwell Time newspaper.


In to change

Change your mind

Change your life

Change your Thursday

Change your head space

Change your view, as the world gently slides on by

All change


Train information

Letting off steam


All aboard

Onwards journey


Next destination

As it says in the song, “Change your heart, look around you, change your heart, it will astound you.” Can we change your heart with Interchange?

Dwell Time is a newspaper of art, poetry and writing reflecting on mental wellbeing. It is curated by artists Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama and produced for the Penistone Line in partnership with the Penistone Line Partnership.

Interchange is a Dwell Time event for National Poetry Day produced in partnership with Hear My Voice, Creative Recovery Barnsley and Penistone Line Partnership. Hear My Voice is funded by Barnsley TUC Training Ltd with additional support from Barnsley Museums.