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Connect2Poetry website and apps

Cartwheel Arts has just launched a new site for it’s Connect2Poetry project. From the site:

Connect2Poetry is a project that encourages you to take a walk, and write a poem.

It’s based around the Connect2 network of cycle-paths and walking routes around Rochdale borough… Along the route we will soon be placing metal plaques with poems written by local poets, to give you some inspiration.

Then there’s a Connect2Poetry mobile app (for Android or iPhone), which will help you write a poem of your own. The poems that people write using the app will appear on the Connect2Poetry blog – and the best ones will win prizes, to be awarded later this year.

Source: tellusanotherone.org/projects/connect2poetry/

Download the apps, take the walk and write a poem!

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Connect2Poetry Events

Connect2poetry, Cartwheel Arts exciting new poetry project  is running events throughout September:

  • Mon 17th Sept: Poetry Open Mic, 4.30 to 7pm, at Rochdale Central Library.  Some performance slots are still available – anyone interested should contact Suzi on (01706) 924933.
  • Weds 19th Sept: Guided walk at Healey Dell, leaving from Castlemere Sure Start, 12.45pm.  If you’d like to join us, please call Vik on 01706 361 300 to book.
  • Sat 29th Sept: Rochdale’s Lexicon writing festival – poets from Connect2Poetry will be performing at 1pm

Source: tellusanotherone.org/projects/connect2poetry-competition/


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NEED 2 DANCE class – Spiral Dance

Need to DanceDo you enjoy dancing, music or being creative?
Do you like meeting new people?
If so, come along to the new NEED 2 DANCE class at the Gateway centre, Rochdale.

Delivered by artists from Spiral Dance and funded by Children in Need, the new class is for children and young people aged 8-16 years living with one or more disabilities.

Parents are requested to stay at the centre and family members are welcome to join in! Refreshments are provided.

When: Thursdays from September-November (excluding half term)
Time: 6-7pm
Cost: £1 per child

Parking is available and the centre has full disabled access and facilities.

Email [email protected] for more information.

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Stars, Claps and Wiggly Toes! –

Spiral Dance has joined up with Touchstones Rochdale to offer FREE monthly dance and movement sessions for children aged 18 months to 5 years old and their parents!

The 45 minute sessions are based around the activity boxes up in the galleries and are designed to develop movement and coordination in your little ones. The themes for September to November are: Horses, Frogs and Birds.

Parents are required to stay and support their children, but they are not required to join in. 10 children maximum per session. You can book 2 weeks in advance in person at Touchstones Rochdale or by calling 01706 924492.


  • Thursday 6th September 2012
  • 10.15-11am and 11.15-12pm
  • Horse Themed.


  • Thursday 4th October 2012
  • 10.15-11am and 11.15-12pm
  • Frog Themed


  • Thursday 1st November 2012
  • 10.15am and 11.15-12pm
  • Bird Themed


Touchstones: Rochdale
The Esplanade
OL16 1AQ

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NEW GHOSTS – exhibition of artists books and ‘zines

Photo of a zineStarting this Saturday the 28th July at the Hive Gallery Rochdale is the launch of the NEW GHOSTS exhibition of artists’ books and ‘zines.

The project created altered books and book sculptures, zines. scenic boxes, and beautifully-made concertina books, all on a spooky theme.  So if you’re interested in book art and how a book can be an art object in itself – or if you just like an atmospheric exhibition and a good ghost story or two – come along!


The event starts at 2pm in the Hive Gallery inside the Wheatsheaf Shopping centre, and the exhibition will run until the 26th August on the following dates and times:

  • Sun 29th July 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Fri 3rd Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sat 4th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sun 5th Aug 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Fri 10th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sat 11th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sun 12th Aug 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Fri 17th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sat 18th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sun 19th Aug 12.30pm to 3pm
  • Fri 24th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sat 25th Aug 11 am to 4pm
  • Sun 26th Aug 12.30pm to 3pm

For more info about The Hive, see www.hiveprojects.org  For more about the New Ghosts project itself, click  here .


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