The workshop, presented by Martin Underwood, was on the theme of “Shadows”. It seemed appropriate as we were working in the crypt. We began with some general thoughts about shadows; light, dark, angles, light sources. We thought of shadows as reflections, in mirrors, through stained glass, a sundial, images on screens, etc. We went on to consider how we use shadow in metaphorical expressions such as shadow cabinet, shadow boxing, work shadowing, shadow puppets, 6 o’clock shadow, rain shadow, – the notion of a shadow library was intriguing.
We were asked to make a quick written response – a haiku, for example.
Martin then gave us some poems to read: ‘Shadow’ by Alice Oswald (from ‘Falling Awake’), ‘The Second Jab’ and ‘Spooked’ by Alison Brackenbury, ‘The Valley of the Shadow’ by U.A. Fanthorpe, and ‘Shadows’ by Elizabeth Southall. There was also a series of quotations from a variety of sources, where it was noted how often Shakespeare refers to shadows.