Wordsworth Country

Poem Signs from ’Spoil Heap Harvest - Wordsworth Country by Paul Conneally for Transform Snibston.

The poem signs are made from deconstructions of Wordsworth poetry and poems written by Conneally and people from the communities of North West Leicestershire where William Wordsworth and his family lived and worked between 1806 and 1807 at Coleorton.

The signs form part of a curated tour / walk and interactive map based around places associated with William Wordsworth and his family in North West Leicestershire starting and ending at Snibston Discovery Museum, Coalville, Leicestershire.

Welcome to North West Leicestershire - Wordsworth Country
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items are from between 24 Feb 2011 & 10 May 2011.

“The splacist revolution has begun” - Paul Conneally


Run out of rails by Iain Robinson
Via Flickr:
At the National Mining Museum, Wakefield, (Caphouse Colliery). The loco is NCB 0-6-0 Serial No. 7307 Diesel Shunter with Cummins 388hp 400T power unit and hydraulic transmission. Built by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds and delivered to Wheldale Colliery. The class is known as the ‘Snibstone’ class. It arrived at the museum in 1988.


We pass by graffiti daubed concrete. This former mining area has high unemployment. Local youths have become recruitment targets for right wing groups such as the BNP and English Defence League.

Most ignore their advances. Ignore all politics. Some succumb.

Painted words bear witness to their corruption.

under this bridge
weeds grow from the walls
an old flame

such intercourse
brings on
a humbler mood

Paul Conneally 2011

KY Glasses - Sonar Goggles - 3D Glasses on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Cabinet of spectacles that alter the way we view the world.

KY Glasses by artist Paul Conneally “See the world through KY Gel”

Sonar Goggles by artist Nikki Pugh

3D Glasses - from cinema chain

On the wall we see the Twenga 18 Knots by Paul Conneally and Gavin Wade

All at Paul Conneally’s show The Blind Fiddler - Home Entertainment 1806-2012 at Snibston Discovery Museum

One Upright Arm

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We move together along the disused railway track
towards the top of the Swannington Incline.

“Don’t look the dog in the eyes. He don’t like it”

one upright arm
sustains the cheek
come walk with me

when things go wrong
there’s always the hedgerow

Paul Conneally 2011 

From ‘Health Walk’ with Nita Pearson 'Whitwick to Swannington and Back’ May 2011



The line:

'one upright arm sustains the cheek’

Is a fragment from  “HOW RICH THAT FOREHEAD’S CALM EXPANSE” by William Wordsworth. Wordsworth tells us that the poem HOW RICH THAT FOREHEAD’S CALM EXPANSE was inspired by a print at Coleorton Hall, North West Leicestershire. Mrs Wordsworth’s impression was that HOW RICH THAT FOREHEAD’S CALM EXPANSE was also written at Coleorton Hall despite William’s note that it was written at Rydal Mount in the Lake District.


The Swannington Incline

Transform Snibston William Wordsworth Trail  - Paul Conneally for Transform Snibston 2011

Snibston Discovery Museum - Coalville, Leicestershire, UK.

Coalville - A Traditional Town Centre

Paul Conneally is Transform Snibston Cultural Forager 2011 -2012