We have had to postpone our launch events in light of the COVID-19 pandemic but we are opening another call for a special COVID-19 edition and we will also be offering postal delivery of Issue 2 in the near future.


Dwell Time Special COVID-19 Edition

Open call for art, writing and poetry reflecting on mental wellbeing in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dwell time: The time a train spends at a scheduled stop without moving. Typically, this time is spent boarding or alighting passengers, but it may also be spent waiting for traffic ahead to clear, or idling time in order to get back on schedule.

In these are unprecedented and worrying times, our mental wellbeing and creativity is paramount. Whilst we are confined with limited social interaction, we want to offer online space to explore our responses to the pandemic and social isolation. It’s OK to not be OK and anyone who has any reflections about this is welcome to send them for inclusion on our website https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/

Email: [email protected] with your images and/or text in editable format. Please include what name/pseudonym you wish to use or whether you would like your contribution to be anonymous. If you would like a link to your website or blog please also include this.

Dwell Time is an award winning, not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing. Produced and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley & Lenny Szrama in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership. Founded in 2018. Currently funded by Penistone Line Partnership, Community Rail Network, Northern & CrossCountry.



We’re delighted to share with you our video documenting Train Ticket Thoughts on the Penistone Line:

We also have a new Youtube channel which features recent interviews:

All of our videos are available via our website here: https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/interviews/

We have also had a film made about Dwell Time by Smith Davis Media, commissioned by one of our funders Cross Country Trains:

We hope you enjoy watching!

Dates for your diaries:

Dwell Time Poetry Train: Thursday 19 March, Penistone Line: 19:12 – 20:28 Huddersfield to Sheffield and/or 20:35 – 21:50 Sheffield to Huddersfield

Dwell Time Issue 2 Launch Huddersfield: Monday 23 March 2020, 1-4pm at Dwell Time Central and 6-8pm at Huddersfield Railway Station

Dwell Time Issue 2 Launch Sheffield: Thursday 26 March 2020, 10am – 2pm at Sheffield Railway Station

Dwell Time Issue 2 launch Handforth: Tuesday 31 March 2020 at Handforth Railway Station