Poet, singer/songwriter, keyboard/accordion player, actor, humourist and facilitator Heather Wastie grew up in the Black Country; in 2006 she moved to Kidderminster where she runs spoken word and music night, Mouth and Music. She is Worcestershire’s Poet Laureate 2015/16. In 2013 she was Writer in Residence at the Museum of Carpet, turning people’s memories into poems, monologues and songs which she now performs. This work has been published in 2015 by Black Pear Press under the title Weaving Yarns. With Emma Purshouse, she co-founded Brewers’ Troupe performance poetry company which performs in pubs. She helped establish Croome Poets linked with Croome Court in Worcestershire where she also performs as an actor for Croome Encounters. Heather has now published 4 illustrated poetry collections and, as an oral historian, has compiled and edited 2 books of Black Country reminiscences which grew out of projects in Tipton and West Bromwich. She has recently completed commissions for the Canal & River Trust, Black Country Echoes, Birmingham LGBT choir Rainbow Voices, West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust and Apples and Snakes.
Wild man dances for Liz Johnson Cell walls sweat, drip mercury, muscles twitch, throb against blood a flash mob of corpuscles hammers on lungs, polished black boots stamp on the heart tendons and ligaments check like chains, nerve endings clench a furious flamenco strictly self-contained, rib cage rattling, inside each measured man a wild one dances © Heather Wastie see https://weavingyarns1.wordpress.com/2015/11/06/wild-man-dances/ A poem about the gherkin for Sarah James & Angela Topping You are smerkin at a gherkin that is lerkin on her platter How I ferkin hate the gherkin, stomach-jerkin little rotter I am werkin to ban the gherkin, stop ’em lerkin on our platters! Take that, gherkin! I’ll go berserk in never sherkin what really matters! © Heather Wastie see https://weavingyarns1.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/a-poem-about-the-gherkin/
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