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Learning to Fly


Learning to Fly is a multi-artform project that explores the impact of World War 1 in Surrey and the hidden stories of local people across the county. In 2017 we ran creative writing workshops across Surrey using spoken word and poetry workshops led by poet Talia Randall, in partnership with Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers project. For 2018 we are working on a further development of this project with sound artist Graham Dowdall who is creating a sound work based upon the material gathered through the poetry workshops, the archive gathered as part of Surrey in the Great War, A County Remembers project and related field recordings.  Graham's sound piece will be installed in the newly restored Flight Shed at Brooklands Museum in time for the Surrey Arts Brooklands in Sound festival on 14 July 2018. 

After Brooklands the installation will tour to various locations around Surrey, dates and venues to be confirmed.

      Sound installation


      Take part in our crowd-poem


      "Tales of a county"




Talia, Graham and project co-ordinator Laura at Brooklands Museum to launch phase two of Learning to Fly.





Tales of a county - Benna. A learning to Fly commission

As part of the project, spoken word artist Benna has written and recorded an original poem in response to the Surrey in the Great War project archives. Check out the video below, put together by Valeria at Eyes On The Wall



As well as the workshops we’re creating a crowd-poem to celebrate the invisible heroes in Surrey today.

We want you to join us!

Our history is bursting with heroes whose names we don’t know - but which modern day heroes do you want to celebrate? Is it someone in your home, community or school? Is it someone who would never even call themselves a hero?

Tell us by writing about them below and we will weave it into a collective crowd-poem that will be published next year.

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