from the ashes . . .

I do believe there is a suggestion of Spring in the air, so with that said I shall post a short film captured on Exmoor just a week or so back which we made in collaboration with Seven Fables of Dulverton. Notice the witchy snow which rises on the moors and can only be witnessed by those who wander the combes with deep hearts and broad minds (!)

So new projects are in the air in 2021 with the first of which being Libraries Unlimited of Devon and followed by Ledbury Poetry Festival. The former begins in May and is hosted by the library of Northam. There will be a couple of workshop walks to kick things off in May but the channel will be open for a year where locals and visitors will be able to write and pin words across Northam, Westward Ho! and Northam Burrows.

The channel size actually covers a zone about 6 miles across which encompasses a broad stretch of open access sand dunes edging the Atlantic Ocean just across the estuary from Barnstaple. As always the ability to post your new poems to the landscape in these channels will be free made possible through funding support from Libraries Unlimited and Ledbury Festival.

There have been so many projects kicked into the long grass over the last year, so it is doubly great to get some traction at last for new poems in new places. As details begin to flesh out I will add and update the focus walks page and post a link to the new channels ready for your interaction.

Notes on the poem film – the spell poem is by Robert Macfarlane narrated by Julie Fowlis with a soundscape by Chris Watson. The poem, or spell as Robert prefers to call them, was published last year in The Lost Spells, the sister book to The Lost Words . Published by Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, it is a collaboration between Robert Macfarlane and illustrator / author Jackie Morris.

May I have a new trail please?

If you would like to host a Poetry Pin trail, and make a poetry trail in a park or place near you then please get in touch. Costs are calculated on a case by case basis but they start from free!

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