Ballymena comes to life with crafts, story and song for the Northword Project

Shoppers had the opportunity to get creative at the Tower Centre, Ballymena at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s new pop-up shop with three creative workshops as part of the Northword Storytagging project.

Angela Turkington of Leopard & Lily in Whitehead kicked off the weekend on Friday 25th February with a “Natural Dyeing workshop”. During the workshop participants were told the mystical tale of “The Selkie” by storyteller Kate Murphy and how Angela brought this story to life by creating an eye- catching Selkie Cloak. Participants had the opportunity to try out various natural dyes to create their own silk scarf to take home.

On Saturday 26th February, shoppers were treated to a morning of story and song with Colin Urwin, and friends. Colin explained how he brought his own story of “The Spanish Armada Tree” to life through an evocative song about a young Spanish Sailor lost from the Girona.

Ceramicist Sasha McVey hosted the final workshop on Sunday 27th February involving both young and old. Families had a fun filled afternoon making and decorating their own trio of ceramic dishes to take home, using foraged plants and leaves. Participants heard how Sasha used ceramics to bring Alison McFaul’s story of “The Lighthouse Kitchen Cupboards” to life through her work as part of Northword.

Graham Seymour, Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust (CCGHT); “We are thankful for the opportunity to host this Northword showcase event through funding from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and Department for Communities under the COVID-19 Recovery Revitalise Programme. This showcase event is an example of how vital it is for CCGHT to work in partnership with other stakeholders, the local community, and local businesses to bring local talent to the forefront and support small rural businesses. This will enhance the offering for those that live, work, and visit our outstanding landscapes”.