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Poetry in locomotion

We have created a poem about the Bristol to Bath railway path.

This special collage poem was developed by Sara-Jane Arbury using words from children at the Tynings School (Staple Hill), the Park Primary School (Kingswood), St Anne’s C of E Primary School (Oldland Common) and members of the public along the way.

It was inspired by the restoration of Warmley Signal Box and the work of the local community to bring this gem of railway history back to life. The poem celebrates the section of the railway path from Staple Hill to Bitton to encourage everyone to explore it anew. The poem covers a section of the Bristol to Bath Railway Path that is approximately 4 miles long.

Poetry in locomotion

Watch this short film of the poetry readings and trail that follows the Bristol & Bath Railway Path from Staple Hill to Bitton.

Thank you to all those who worked with Sara-Jane and whose lines and ideas are captured in the poem:

  • Pupils at St Anne’s C of E Primary School, Oldland Common, The Tynings School, Staple Hill and The Park Primary School, Kingswood
  • the Chatterbooks group at Cadbury Heath library
  • coffee mornings at Cadbury Heath, Kingswood and Staple Hill libraries
  • Writers’ Ink at Kingswood library
  • the community learning group at Staple Hill library
  • friends of Warmley Signal Box
  • former signalman Graham Darby
  • and passengers and staff at Avon Valley Railway.

See downloads for a selection of poems by the children that worked with Sara-Jane.

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