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Heather Richardson

Stitches and Stories

Zoom-based event

Tuesday 21 September, 7.30pm: £Pay What You Can

Join writer and textile practitioner Heather Richardson to learn about how she combines stitch and storytelling in her creative practice, in an event co-organised by MK Lit Fest and Westbury Arts Centre.


Working mainly with Irish linen, Heather’s projects explore family, memory and community history. Drawing on her practice as an historical novelist, poet and nonfiction writer, she embellishes garments with words and images in order to tell her stories in three dimensions.


Heather will focus on two of her textile projects: ‘A Dress for Kathleen’, which tells the story of her late aunt’s life in the form of a hand-embroidered linen dress, and ‘You are here’, a triptych of free-machine embroidered garments imagining the experiences of young women from the past, present and future of a town which was once a key location of the Irish linen industry.


Biographical note

Heather Richardson is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University. Her textile art has been exhibited at the International Linen Biennale (Lisburn, 2018) and at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery (Banbridge, 2019). She has published two novels: Magdeburg (2010, Lagan Press) and Doubting Thomas (2017, Vagabond Voices). Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in journals in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

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