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Poetry People has been shortlisted in the new National Creative Learning Awards for The Grit, its community-driven project celebrating Lowestoft’s almost forgotten fishing village. The Grit project – which involved schools’ workshops, GritFest celebration day and the touring theatre show ‘Pearls from The Grit’ – is one of three national projects on the shortlist for the Literature and Creative Writing Award.


Lowestoft-born poet and writer Dean Parkin is the co-founder and director of Poetry People. He said: “I’m thrilled that The Grit has been shortlisted for this prestigious award from the many entries the Creative Learning Guild received. Nothing would have been possible without the support of hundreds of Lowestoft people, young and old alike. Their responses to the workshops, the celebration day and the touring show have been incredible. Lowestoft is so passionate about its history! And now stories about the fishing village are being relished all over Suffolk.”


The new national Creative Learning Awards celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning. The awards range across 15 categories, including formal education, the arts and creative business. The winner in each category will be announced at the Creative Learning Summit in Halifax on Friday 8th of March.


The Grit was supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, in partnership with the Lowestoft & East Suffolk Maritime Museum and Lowestoft Rising. The legacy of project will continue in 2019 and beyond. There are plans to hold another GritFest-style celebration in 2020, and Dean Parkin is busy revising the best-selling book, ‘The Grit’, which he co-wrote with the legendary Jack Rose over 20 years ago. The new edition will be published in autumn 2019, to coincide with a planned second tour of ‘Pearls from The Grit’ to new venues further up the East coast.

THE GRIT PROJECT shortlisted for

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Heritage_Lottery_Logo_white LMM_logo-300-630x200_0 GritFest Front Cover The Grit - Blundeston Primary at the Maritime Muse Pearls from The Grit stage show