welcome  to wastie’s space

incorporating  BREWERS’ TROUPE  and  LAPAL BOOKS

Workshops & performances for older people especially those with dementia

Workshops with young people, inclusive workshops, intergenerational work, workshops for people of all ages who have a learning disability

Idle Women and Judies

telling the story of women working on the canals during World War 2

Commissioned by Canal & River Trust

live performances available


Writer in Residence, Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster 2013

Memories of the carpet industry in poems, songs & monologues

Montserrat Carbonara - Comedy opera singer


Black Country Pat


  1. -  Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Actor, Humourist  -

  2. -  Keyboard, Accordion & Recorder Player  -

  3.   -  Entertainer, Oral Historian & Facilitator  -

Spake Prapper

with Dave Reeves & Billie Spake Mon

Poet, singer/songwriter, keyboard/accordion player, actor, humourist and facilitator Heather Wastie grew up in the Black Country; in 2006 she moved to Kidderminster where she ran spoken word and music night, Mouth and Music for 4 years. She was The Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2015/16. In 2013 she was Writer in Residence at the Museum of Carpet, turning people's memories into poems, monologues and songs which she now performs. This work was published in November 2015 by Black Pear Press under the title Weaving Yarns.

With poet Emma Purshouse, she co-founded Brewers’ Troupe performance poetry company which performs in pubs. She is also half of spoken word / squeeze box duo Jiggery Spokery with Dave Reeves (who bellows). She has also worked as a poet and actor for National Trust property Croome Court in Worcestershire.In summer 2016 she began touring a double bill of theatre, poetry and song, Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways, with writer and actor Kate Saffin.

Heather has published 4 illustrated poetry collections and, as an oral historian, has compiled and edited 2 books of Black Country reminiscences which grew out of projects in Tipton and West Bromwich. She has recently completed commissions for the Canal & River Trust, Black Country Echoes, Birmingham LGBT choir Rainbow Voices, West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, Apples and Snakes, Rights and Equality Sandwell's "Where's Our Spake Gone?" project, BBC local radio (a national project for National Poetry Day 2016) and Voices Nationwide. In 2016 she composed a series of songs for an English Touring Opera Turtle Song project in Wolverhampton with people who have dementia.

Current projects include work with NEETS at the Museum of Carpet, funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation, and a children's song cycle commissioned by Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust to celebrate the history of the Weaver's Cottages in Kidderminster.

See www.WastiesSpace.co.uk and http://weavingyarns1.wordpress.com/ for further information.

See also  weavingyarns1.wordpress.com

Nonsense at Nozstock

Clik Clik Collective - photo Toni Charles

Jiggery Spokery with Dave Reeves (who bellows)

Cheltenham Science Festival - photo Ali McK

Clik Clik Collective

Worcester Music Festival

photos - Geoff Cox

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways



Liz Evans, Colin Hill, John Pugh

Temperance Meeting, Clik Clik Collective

Worcester Victorian Fair

Voices Nationwide commission