Dean Parkin

A pigeon perched on a sand pit

Buddy Up with Mr Bibbles

When Dean phoned Wendy, for a Buddy Up creative chat, she shared with him a true and moving story, about a pigeon she raised. THE BALLAD OF TINKERBELLE BIBBLES He…
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Moving Words

Not so much a Zoom session, more a virtual Dance Hall, in which choreographer Tim Casson and poet Dean Parkin partnered up to combine words and movement in surprising new…
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A watercolour of a river, a hill with trees in the background and a bright orange buoy bobbing on the inky black water

Buddying Up with Make, Do & Friends

We are delighted to be working with the Buddy Up scheme, managed by Community Action Suffolk, and we are now offering relaxed, informal creative chats to volunteers and their buddies…
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Hands Up with Gillian and Dean

Poet Dean and photographer Gillian collaborated to deliver this amazing session, via Zoom, in which participants wrote about their hands and then created layered images, via the magic that is…
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Create #15: The Edge of our Village

In this activity we’ll be using a poem as a starting point to write something about the village where you live. Here’s a poem by the American poet, Eve Merriam. It’s very…
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A view across fields with a stormy black sky overhead

A Creative Chat in Buxhall

Recently, Dean telephoned Steve, in Buxhall, for a bit of a chat about the village and what life was like, living there. As it happens, Steve is a photographer, so…
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The Bench in a Field with a View

Following on from his visit to Combs last summer with the Rural Coffee Caravan, and all the postcards sent in by residents, Dean created this poem about the many paths…
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A Creative Chat in Laxfield

As part of our connecting Creative Chats, Dean telephoned a local resident – and got the dog’s side of the picture. MR PICKLES OF LAXFIELD I’m a chiweenie, cross between…
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Bench with a View

It all started with stories about a bench in Combs; now, we’re asking residents across Suffolk to tell us about their favourite bench. What’s the view from your favourite bench?…
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Connect in Combs

As part of our Connect events, Dean spoke at length with Desiree, and together they created this poem about Oaks Meadow. OAKS MEADOW Every summer was sunny when Dad was…
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Create #8: Coloured Days

In this activity, we’re going to write short poems all about the colours in your village. Think of all the different colours you would find in your village; for example,…
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