Not industrial but still an industry, the creative arts. North Lincolnshire’s artists have produced novels, poetry and art for centuries. The creative arts trade easily extends out of the county, across the country and even further afield.
One of the oldest successful artists from our area is William Fowler. Next to his career as an architect he sold his prints throughout the country. He was often commissioned to do work for wealthy art enthusiasts.
There are many artists residing in North Lincolnshire today. A great example of an artist who has made a living out of her art is Hannah Wrendale. Hannah started her business of Wrendale Designs from her kitchen table in Melton Ross. Inspired by the Lincolnshire countryside, Hannah started painting hares. Soon she branched out to other animals, like foxes, pheasants, geese, dogs and hens. Hannah’s beautiful designs are used on mugs, pillows, stationery and many other items.
The written word is also well represented in North Lincolnshire. Examples of authors and poets from past and present are:
* James Hornsby “the Crosby Poet”, 1833 – 1915, local issues
* Edith Spilman Dudley, 1885 – 1969, Lincolnshire poetry and folklore
* Ted Lewis, 1940 – 1982, crime fiction
* Margaret Bailey, current, fantasy and non-fiction
* Lynda Page, current, fiction