Monday, 13 March 2017

Vert Institute
for art events and writing
Kay Syrad & Chris Drury
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ECO-POETICS WORKSHOP

with poetry reading by Nancy Campbell
& discussion with Chris Drury

Saturday 6 May

Kay Syrad and Clare Whistler will lead an eco-poetics workshop 10.30am – 3.30pm. At 4pm there will be a reading by award-winning artist and poet Nancy Campbell, who writes about her experiences in Greenland, followed by an open discussion between Nancy and Chris. There will also be a showing of Chris’s video-work on ice meltwater in Antarctica.

Eco-poetics is a term we are using in its broadest sense, to include visual and performance art as well as writing that pays attention to the relationship between nature and culture, language and perception* – which precisely is what Nancy Campbell’s recent collection, Disko Bay, achieves. On the day, we intend to explore the term itself, to study some examples of recent eco-poetic work, and have some time for your own making, moving or writing.

All welcome.

We have 12 places for the workshop and an additional 10 places for the poetry reading and discussion. Both events will take place at VERT Institute in Laughton, near Lewes, East Sussex.

Workshop + reading/discussion - £60 to include vegan lunch.

Reading/discussion only - £10   

Earlybird discounts:  if you book your place by Friday 7th April prices reduced to £55 / £8

To book your place, please email  kaysyrad@chrisdrury.co.uk


*phrasing taken from Redstart: An Ecological Poetics, Forrest Gander & John Kinsella (2012)

www.kaysyrad.co.uk         www.clarewhistler.co.uk

www.chrisdrury.co.uk       http://nancycampbell.co.uk/profile/


Monday, 5 December 2016

BRIGHTON POEM-A-THON - Sunday 11th December

Seasonal greetings!  This Sunday I shall be one of 60 poets (including Grace Nichols, Sarah Howe & Sasha Dugdale) raising funds for the Refugee Council. Take a look at our Just Giving page:  https://www.justgiving.com/teams/brightonpoemathon. Please come and support us 
( I'm reading at 6.50pm). 

Image result for brighton poem-a-thon


Meanwhile, apologies for the long blog silence. I have been in Australia, USA and South Korea this year, accompanying Chris on three major art projects (see his website  http://chrisdrury.co.uk/.
But we're back now and working on a new spring programme for VERT Institute (watch this space) http://www.kaysyrad.co.uk/vert-institute.php and trying to make sense of the new (or one might say, now-illuminated) political landscape.

I am also reading my poetry at the Needlewriters, Lewes, on Thursday 12th January:

NEEDLEWRITERS

FINE WRITING
and delicious food and drink, at the Needlemakers CafĂ©, 
West Street, Lewes
Doors open 7 pm  –  readings begin 7.45 pm

Matthew De Abaitua (prose) Kay Syrad (poetry)   Colin Bell (prose)  

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

NEWS...

I shall be one of the featured poets reading at Perth Poetry Club,
Western Australia, on Saturday 11th June, 2-4pm
                                       http://www.perthpoetryclub.com/


EXCHANGE - Chris Drury & Kay Syrad

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Exchange, the exhibition based on our Cape Farewell rural residency, will be shown at Schumacher College, Dartington, during the Symposium on Language, Landscape and the Sublime,
29-30th June 2016 

VERT INSTITUTE

The next VERT event will take place on Saturday 
3rd September, details to follow.


                      Further poetry readings at Poetry in the Crypt,
Islington, London, November 2016 (date tbc)           
                           https://www.facebook.com/PoetryInTheCrypt/timeline

and also at the Needlewriters' Cafe in Lewes on 12 January 2017

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Vert Institute
for art events and writing
Kay Syrad & Chris Drury

Vert Institute, established in 2015, operates from our house and studio on the edge of Vert Wood near the village of Laughton, near Lewes. The aim of the Institute is to offer unusual and stimulating art and writing events and workshops based on the creative ideas and experience of poet-novelist Kay Syrad and world-renowned land artist Chris Drury. Events and workshops will be offered at various points throughout the year, always with a basis in ideas about and embodied experience of inside|outside, microcosm| macrocosm, and nature|culture. The programme may include walks and opportunities for making work outside, small exhibitions, talks and performances, and a variety of writing workshops.  

Winter Programme
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Making a journal


diurnalis  jurnal  diurnal

medicine_wheel


Using examples from both writers and artists, this course will explore the ritual of making a journal, which could be anything from writing haiku at 5pm each weekday to gathering an object every day for a year. We will start with an afternoon looking at an exciting range of historical and contemporary journals, and then meet more or less fortnightly between November and March, continuing to explore different styles and forms whilst supporting you in starting and sustaining your own winter journal. All welcome.

Introductory session: Sunday 1st November 2.30 - 6.30pm                    
then 8 sessions on Sundays, 4.00 – 6.30pm
(starting with afternoon tea)

15/29th November; 13th December; 10/24th January; 7th/21st February; 6th March

With Guest Speakers on 15th November & 21st February

Cost for all 9 sessions:  £130   Contact Kay via website www.kaysyrad.co.uk

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also coming soon

Day retreats for writers





Sunday, 13 September 2015

  Vert Institute
for art events and writing
Kay Syrad and Chris Drury
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An experimental writing workshop

Reverie and Transparency

The workshop, led by Kay for poets or prose writers is designed to encourage free, clear writing by drawing on a study of ritual in creative practice by visual anthropologist, Amanda Ravetz, and the work of Swiss/Latin American artist Mira Schendel.

Saturday, 26th September   2.15 – 5.00pm

£25.00 to include tea and cake

Contact Kay via her website www.kaysyrad.co.uk
 for more details and to book your place.
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Winter VERT

Making a journal

diurnalis  jurnal  diurnal

Using examples from both writers and artists, this course will explore the ritual of making a journal, which could be anything from writing haiku at 5pm each weekday to gathering an object every day for a year. We will start with an afternoon looking at an exciting range of historical and contemporary journals, and then meet more or less fortnightly between November and March, continuing to explore different styles and forms whilst supporting you in starting and sustaining your own winter journal.
                 
               Introductory session - Sunday 1st November 
                    2.30 - 6.30pm                 

then 8 sessions on Sundays, 4.00 – 6.30pm
(starting with afternoon tea)

15/29th November; 13th December; 10/24th January; 7th/21st February; 6th March

 Cost for all 9 sessions:  Early bird payment by 1st October: £120

Full payment (no later than 15th October): £130

Contact Kay via her website www.kaysyrad.co.uk
 for more details and to book your place.  
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Vert Institute

Vert Institute, established in 2015, operates from our house and studio on the edge of Vert Wood near the village of Laughton. The aim of the Institute is to offer unusual and stimulating art and writing events and workshops based on the creative ideas and experience of poet-novelist Kay Syrad and world-renowned land artist Chris Drury.

Events and workshops will be offered at various points throughout the year, always with a basis in ideas about and embodied experience of inside|outside, microcosm| macrocosm, and nature|culture.

The programme may include walks and opportunities for making work outside, small exhibitions, talks and performances, and a variety of writing workshops. 
All welcome.

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Announcements of events will be posted on Chris’s website www.chrisdrury.co.uk
and on twitter at @kaysyrad


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Vert Institute
for
 art events and writing

Vert Institute, established in 2015, operates from our house and studio on the edge of Vert Wood near the village of Laughton. The aim of the Institute is to offer unusual and stimulating art and writing events and workshops based on the creative ideas and experience of poet-novelist Kay Syrad and world-renowned land artist Chris Drury.

Events and workshops will be offered at various points throughout the year, always with a basis in ideas about and embodied experience of inside|outside, microcosm| macrocosm, and nature|culture.

The programme may include walks and opportunities for making work outside, small exhibitions, talks and performances, and a variety of writing workshops. 
All welcome.

Current programme: A writing workshop on Saturday 26th September and a course starting 1st November. Contact Kay through this website for further details.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

EXCHANGE - a new book by Kay Syrad & Chris Drury

Greetings!  Here is news of our new book and exhibition based on our Cape Farewell residency on three farms in Dorset:



Please click on the link below for more details and the opportunity to buy 
a copy of this limited edition hardback book beautifully produced by
Little Toller Books:


A paperback version will also be produced later this summer.