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.


I went over the Penistone today to meet with the Penistone Arts Week team. We have been discussing the possibility of launching the newspaper during PAW and also screening some films related to mental wellbeing as part of our launch programme. It was great to meet everybody and they were also keen to hear about my rubbish practice as well!

It’s still early days in planning but a really positive meeting in a beautiful part of the country!


I went to The Other in Mother seminar yesterday about perinatal mental health and saw Sarah Greaves installation of manipulated objects representing diverse experiences of maternal transition.

“Artist Sarah Greaves has been working with women who are recovering from postnatal depression, creating a Library of Objects on social media from women all over the world and interviewing perinatal health professionals to research the psychological impact of becoming a mother.  In response to her research, Sarah has created an immersive installation of manipulated objects representing diverse experiences of maternal transition.”

The seminar commenced with Sarah’s introduction to her research and work. She cited that the highest cause of maternal death is suicide and that perinatal mental health is a “silenced experience”. With a group of mothers she reviewed the art works in Manchester Art Gallery for the portrayal of mothers. She focussed on “maternal transition” and has created a library of objects that mothers have made and sent in. The objects Sarah has created are altered hybrid ‘transitional objects’ that she hopes will illustrate the varied maternal transitions.


Vanessa and I ran a workshop at the Live Art Cafe at Creative Recovery Barnsley last night. we sourced some discarded magazine, leaflets and train time tables, bought some A4 card, glue and scissors and printed the word CHANGE several times as a focus word.

We had a really good response and some excellent conversations with the people there. Many people chose to take their poems home (we took photos and name credits) and the rest we’ve scanned in – all to be performed on the Penistone Line trains for our event Interchange. There is also an open call live at the moment for anyone to send us their poems to perform.