Poet and artist to show off their talents for Norfolk Day

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 07 May 2018

Poet Mattew Jewell who will be reading poetry for Norfolk Day.

Poet Mattew Jewell who will be reading poetry for Norfolk Day. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

A poet and artist will be using their talents to celebrate Norfolk Day.

Artist John Patchett on Norwich Market which he will paint a scene of on Norfolk Day. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIEArtist John Patchett on Norwich Market which he will paint a scene of on Norfolk Day. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Matthew Jewell, 27, from The Paddocks in Old Catton, Norwich, will be reading some of his own poetry at the Banningham Crown, on Church Road, near Aylsham.

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The live event will take place on the evening of Friday, July 27, from 8pm.

Mr Jewell, who has a mild form of cerebral palsy, has always enjoyed writing and reading poetry which he said helped him tackle his physical and mental health problems.

He said: “I thought it would be good to do something for Norfolk Day. It is a brilliant idea.

“I have always liked performing poetry. I feel really happy when I write poetry.

“All my worries that I feel just go away. When I read poetry in front of a microphone it takes me away from the troubles of modern life.”

As well as cerebral palsy, the 27-year-old, who runs the staff canteen at Old Catton Morrisons, lives with anxiety and depression.

His cerebral palsy, caused by a problem in the brain, has impacted on his movement due to hypermobility.

He has written poetry since he was about 10-years-old and is inspired by the Second World War.

“I admire how people kept strong and stuck by one another,” Mr Jewell added.

After his 30-minute poetry reading there will be a 45-minute open mic slot for any other live performers.

This will be followed by a raffle in aid of the Cameo Café - a dementia support group in North Walsham.

Mr Jewell will also sell his poetry books on the night in aid of the Cameo Café.

Call the Banningham Crown on 01263 733534 for details.

On the same day, artist John Patchett, from Ballygate in Beccles, is inviting people to watch him create an Impressionist-view of Norwich Market from pastels.

The market is his favourite spot to draw.

Mr Patchett will sit in front of Cary’s Flowers from 10am-2pm.

He said: “I’m most happy painting the hustle and bustle of streets, particularly Norwich.”

“Being an artist is a solitary life. I welcome people taking an interest.”

Speaking about Norfolk Day, Mr Patchett added: “It is a wonderful idea to celebrate Norfolk. The county has so much to offer.”

He will exhibit his finished creation.

■Let us know your plans for Norfolk Day by emailing, tweeting @norfolk or logging on to the Norfolk Day Facebook group.

Norfolk Day online shop

An online shop has been launched selling Norfolk Day marketing material which event organisers can display on the day.

The shop is selling a four-pack of flags, four-pack of A3 posters and 20 balloons at £4, while 5m of bunting is £7.50.

Celebration packs containing all of the above are available for £15.

Norfolk Day takes place on Friday, July 27 and is intended as a day of fun in which individuals, community groups and businesses are encouraged to get involved by hosting or participating in events.

The initiative was launched by the EDP and Norwich Evening News in partnership with BBC Radio Norfolk and has the backing of business and community organisations who are planning events for the day.

Details of events will be revealed in the newspaper, online and via social media.

To order Norfolk Day materials, visit the Norfolk Day shop.

Estimated delivery time is 28 days.

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