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Suz Winspear is a well-known Worcester-based poet, writer and performer who was appointed Worcestershire Poet Laureate in June this year and Amanda Savidge, Director, is proud to announce that she has also been appointed Poet in Residence at the Museum of Royal Worcester.

Suz has already visited the Museum several times to study the collection and meet with past factory workers and artists and finds no limit of inspiration in what she sees. The following is an excerpt from ‘I do them Chinese’, a touching and poignant poem about an early painter:

Today in the paint room
I’m painting on tea-cups
the image I saw,
two tall slender ladies in deep conversation,
the span of a bridge and the river beneath,
and I do them Chinese –
it’s a swish of the brush

Suz said “I intend this year to be a celebration of the wonderful skill, imagination and creativity of the ordinary working-class people of Worcester who created the most beautiful porcelain in the world. This is a fantastic opportunity and I am really looking forward to taking up my residency in this fascinating museum.”

The residency comes at an exciting time for the Museum as it embarks on a Heritage Lottery Funded project to re-interpret the collections. The new displays will explain manufacturing process and will for the first time feature social history, the workers’ incredible skills, the conditions in which they worked and their remarkable achievements.

Suz intends to play a pivotal role in attracting new audiences and is already a frequent visitor. Amanda added “Her energy, perception and enthusiasm lead Suz to capture the very essence of ‘The Porcelain’, we are excited to look forward to the final output of her time with us, but know for certain we and our visitors can depend on an eventful and stimulating programme of events!”

The residency will draw to an end during the Worcestershire Literature Festival in June 2017.

Poems, performances and updates about Suz’s work will be published on the Museum’s website and social media pages throughout the year.