Poems can be downloaded here 


These poems were written for a joint project between 'Silkstone reflects…', 'Moving Words' and primary schools
from Hoylandswaine, Silkstone and Silkstone Common, South Yorkshire.

'Moving Words' runs creative arts workshops for youngsters based around any themes requested by schools or
other organisations. All their sessions feature drama, performance poetry and movement/dance with much of the
material being bespoke.. See further information.

For Silkstone they decided to look at the past, present and future of the church and selected the Victorian period
because this linked with the curriculum area studied by the schools involved.

The poems were written so that the children could add movement that would supplement the language i.e. not just
copy the words. They needed to be accessible to the youngsters but, at the same time, make them think about the
various issues involved. All poems are available free of charge from 'Silkstone reflects' or 'Moving Words'.

  •  'Taking your time' - written to help the children visit a heritage site with specific reference to All Saints Church Silkstone.
  •  'Dark'- inspired by Alan Gallop's excellent 'Children of the Dark' book, this piece tells of the horror of the Huskar Disaster of 1838, an event which is commemorated within All Saints' Church.
  • 'What is it for?'- what is the role of the church in today's society?

The music used needed to suggest the mood of the topics but also capture the imagination of the children. 'Moving
Words' wanted to find more links with the area and so obtained recorded music from Old Silkstone Brass Band and made use of pieces suggesting the relevant moods and events.

For the Final weekend of the project 'Moving Words' again worked with Silkstone primary School to contribute to
the opening of the Bramah Gallery and the Final Commemorative Service.

  • 'A Bramah is the one that you should pick' - written to introduce the children to the Bramah Patent Lock
  • 'Bramah the Planner' - Joseph Bramah was born in Silkstone in 17 and died in December 1814. This piece tells of some of the problems Joseph Bramah solved with his patents during a productive inventive life
  • Inheritance - written specially for a service commemorating the ending of a Heritage project centred on a church. it is also suitable for thinking about the past and looking to the future

The poems can be freely used.

Please acknowledge 'Silkstone Reflects…' and the author of the poems Colin Trenholme when you do so.