24-25 September


Various times




Various Locations

Recovery Poems

No Booking Required

Emergency Exit Arts, Robert Montgomery and Deanna Roger

Friday 24 September – Weston General Hospital, BS23 4TQ  3pm-5pm; Weston Town Centre 6-9pm

Saturday 25 September – Weston Town Centre 10.30am-4.30pm

How do we commemorate what’s been lost as we start to take tentative steps to come out of lockdown?  What do we want to hold onto and grow?  What positive changes can we make to society and the natural environment as we recover from the pandemic?

Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger have created an inspiring light poem.

Emergency Exit Arts is one of Britain’s pioneering outdoor arts companies, creating magical experiences in everyday places that reinvigorate communities, give people a voice and challenge the ordinary.

Robert Montgomery is a Scottish-born, London-based poet, artist and sculptor known for his site-specific installations created from light and text. 

Deanna Rodger is a poet, writer, performer and facilitator, whose commissions include ‘Bigger than Sport’ (Sports Personality of the Year BBC1) and ‘Black History Matters’ (BBC Sport 2020).  


On Friday 24 September, Hospital Poet in Residence Beth Calverley will run some drop-in Hospital Gardens based poetry workshops for NHS staff from 3pm-5pm, inspired by and adjacent to the Recovery Poems installation. 


Saturday 25 September –  giving voice to the community

Chapter One writing group and ‘you’ 

Between 1pm and 3pm, drop in for a beachfront chat with poet Bob Walton, Sue Hill and members of Chapter One writing group and draw inspiration from the artwork to create a poetic response of your own. 

From 3.30pm-4.30pm gather round the In Memoriam artwork by Revo Kitchen on Weston beach to hear the public’s poems read aloud (you may also read your own).


Recovery Poems is a partnership project between Without Walls, Emergency Exit Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts, Thatcham Town Council.