The World Beneath the Fells

I have just spent the past week setting up an exhibition at Florence Arts Centre in Egremont with Jessica Meagher, one of my oldest friends, with whom I run Heather & Yew.

As the flyer says, the exhibition is all about the Cumbrian folklore, history and nature that inspired Underfell – the fairy world underneath Cumbria – in The Sky Beneath the Stone. There are loads of historical images of the settings, newly commissioned works of art and photography, and lots of interactive elements like a collaborative map, a forest of stories and a mapreading challenge!

There are free events happening all through summer, as well as one special event where tickets are £5 – a creative writing nature trail at Dubbs Moss nature reserve.

We had our opening event on Saturday – a visit from Gary from Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre with a whole range of birds. We were worried the rain would slow us down but in the end we brought the whole event into the theatre at Florence and everyone had a turn at flying Buzz the Harris Hawk!

By the end of the day we also had loads of additions to our map. It was such a fantastic start to the exhibition!

The World Beneath the Fells is open at Florence Arts Centre from the 29th of July until the 4th of September, Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Hope to see you there!

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