There are lots of small galleries and arts centres around the UK. One unusual one is Florence Arts Centre, which is on the site of a disused iron ore mine on the outskirts of Egremont in Cumbria. There is varied programme of events and regular art exhibitions. The pigments available locally are used in the production of paints. It is a fascinating place to visit, although perhaps off the usual tourist routes.
Recently there was a creative writing project led by a resident poet, Pascale Petit.
I was pleasantly surprised to be given a book by one of the participants. The book is Between Fell and Sea. It is beautifully produced with photos as well as writing – both poetry and prose. The writers, including the resident poet, are over sixty years old. They took part in a number of visits to places in Cumbria and heard a talk by a Cumbrian writer, Eric Robson. What they saw and heard inspired their writing. Copies are available from Florence Arts Centre and selected stockists. The photo is from Florence Arts Centre website and used with permission. There is a book launch party for this book on Thursday 15 December 2016 from 6.30-8.30pm.