Of Earth and Sky

HUGE Inspiration! Giant-sized poetry trail, ‘Of Earth And Sky’, arrives in Blackburn and Darwen.

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After a long and painful year living under the shadow of Covid, poets from Blackburn, Darwen and wider Lancashire have emerged to send messages of hope, love and resilience to the world in huge, metre-high letters. ‘Of Earth And Sky’, a poetry sculpture trail spread across 25 sites in Blackburn and Darwen is now open to encourage people to get outdoors, reflect on recent times, good and bad, and reconnect with the Lancashire landscape and each other.

Hosted in metre-high letters, stencilled onto park lawns and pavements and shared on town centre digital billboards, ‘Of Earth And Sky’ features the emotional, inspirational and humorous words of poets – amateur and professional – following a public call for entries. Selected by poet, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, with the concept created by artist, Luke Jerram, the opportunity to get out and get inspired is brought to both towns by Blackburn’s own National Festival Of Making.

The trail is FREE and accessible 24 hours a day and includes town centre locations, waterways, parks and prominent local landmarks.

To download the trail map and get out exploring the full range of 25 poetry sites visit www.festivalofmaking.co.uk

For updates on this project and future opportunities to get involved in making projects and events, visit the festival’s social media channels at: