Drop in to Wellington Square and help us write a Love Letter to Stockton!

Three friendly artists from the Tees Women Poets will be hanging out in the unit opposite River Island and on the Buddy Bench on Tuesday 10 and Saturday 14 October, asking what makes Stockton a special place for you. We’ll have the kettle on for you, and together we’ll find the perfect words to celebrate our town. Drop in from 10am to 3pm both days. Everyone welcome!

The Artists

Lizzie Lovejoy is a Darlo born poet, performer and picture-maker. They’ve spent their life listening to peoples words, and now Lizzie translates local narratives into creative works. Lizzie’s home is their inspiration because the North is a tale worth telling and contains so many stories worth hearing. Lizzie has recently performed with Durham Miners Gala, Darlington Hippodrome and on the BBC Schools Share Your Story Tour.

Carmen Marcus is a published author, poet, creative facilitator, and mentor. As the daughter of a Yorkshire fisherman and Irish chef her writing brings together the practical and the magical. Having made the journey from council estate to the bookshelves Carmen is dedicated to supporting working class writers to tell their stories. She strives in her work to live up to the words of her first and most influential critic, her primary school teacher, ‘weird, minus one house-point.’

Mwelwa Chilekwa is a black British poet passionate about using her art to raise awareness for important issues, and is a regular on the North East’s spoken word scene. Her art explores cultural differences and societal issues, her experience in teaching and her personal life more broadly. Despite featuring heavy topics, she still manages to find a place for light and levity in her work.