Monday, 16 July 2018

ECO-POETICS COURSE  - Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler
at ONCA Environmental Gallery, Brighton from 25th September

We are pleased to announce our 8-week Eco-poetics course,
'changing everything carefully' (e.e. cummings)

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Other news

My new poetry collection, INLAND, will be published by Cinnamon Press in October. 

Inland (Paperback)

Launches in Lewes, East Sussex on Weds 24th October and Greenwich Library, London on Tuesday 4th December, and a reading at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival on Friday 2nd November. Details soon.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018



Vert Institute
for art events and writing
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Sudden VERT - three new workshops

 Material language: visual and tactile writing
Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler

Saturday 10th March, 3 – 6pm at Buckle Cottage, Laughton
£20

Words have shapes, sounds, rhythm; to speak we must use complex interactions of our breath, tongue, lips. Words in the mouth or on the page have ‘weight’ and other physical properties; they only exist in relation to a material environment.  This workshop will introduce some exercises intended to bring awareness to our sense-experience of language, and use examples from concrete poetry and other visual or tactile forms of writing to inspire your own ‘material language.’

Water Writing
Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler

Tuesday 27 March, 2.30 – 4.30pm at Gallery North, Hailsham
Free / by donation

This workshop will take place during the exhibition for WATERWEEK, an annual series of events devised to draw attention to water issues in our environment. Performance and artworks in the water-gallery will become the inspiration for free or focused writing.


Eco-Poetics - an introductory writing workshop
Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler, in partnership with ONCA

Tuesday 3, April, 6.30 – 8.30pm at ONCA Gallery, Brighton
£10

This workshop is the first in a series that will explore how we can address our complex relationship with the natural world through poetry and prose-poetry. We will begin with a brief survey of recent and contemporary eco-poetics, which we define broadly here as a concern with the relationship between language and our perceptions of nature at a time when eco-systems are deeply threatened by human actions. We will then investigate ways of gathering material and experience for our writing,
and do some writing!

All welcome. To book, email kaysyrad@chrisdrury.co.uk
Image: Clare Whistler’s wall writing, 2015


Thursday, 3 August 2017



Poetry reading  
 Tuesday 19th September - 
Linda Black & Kay Syrad 
Kent & Sussex Poetry Society at the Vittle & Swig, Tunbridge Wells, 7.45pm + open mic.


Friday, 31 March 2017

POETRY READING, 'EXCHANGE' ON TOUR, VERT ECO-POETICS


Greetings !  Please scroll down for details of three events.

POETRY IN THE CRYPT
St Mary’s Church, Upper Street, Islington
Saturday 22nd April, 7 p.m. 
Donald Atkinson, Lynne Hjelmgaard & Kay Syrad


Admission £5   Poets from the floor welcome   Free cakes & coffee!

All proceeds to Hospice Care Kenya    www.hospicecarekenya.com


St Mary’s Church is on Upper Street, London N1 2TX, midway between Angel and Highbury/Islington tube stations. Buses 4, 19, 30 and 43. For more information contact Nancy Mattson: nmattson@sampo.plus.com
BRIDPORT ARTS CENTRE
22 April - 3 June

For the last three years The Arts Development Company and Cape Farewell have been running residencies for artists to work with farmers to examine our relationship with food, farming and the wider environment.
Food is fundamental to life. The way we produce it is the most pressing issue of our times. This exhibition will feature three projects that have had a significant impact for the collaborators involved and audience members.
EXCHANGE, by artist Chris Drury & poet-novelist Kay Syrad and contributing West Dorset farmers. Bristol based Project ‘The Milking Parlour’ by artist Vanessa Reid and Lincolnshire Project ‘A Field of Wheat’ by artists Anne-Marie Culhane & Ruth Levene and Farmer Peter Lundgren.
SUPPORTING EVENTS
ARTISTS’ TALK WITH VANESSA REID                                                                                                 Saturday 29 Apr, 2pm, FREE
FARMERS QUESTION TIME                                                                                                               Thursday 11 May, 7pm, £5
FILM: ‘COMRADES’ BY BILL DOUGLAS                                                                                                 Sunday 14 May, 7.30pm, £6/£5/£4/£3
‘A FIELD OF WHEAT’
TALK & COMMUNAL MEAL                                                                                                               Thursday 25 May, 6pm, £5
https://www.bridport-arts.com/events/cape-farwell/
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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)





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). 

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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