Wednesday, 14 August 2019


FABRIC-ATION:  Slip back to source: a journey of natural materials.

Please join me and Clare Whistler for our new 6-week eco-poetry course at the environmental and social justice space, ONCA, starting on Tuesday 24 September:

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Eco-poetics course at Knepp Wildland

Clare Whistler and I are running another series of eco-poetics workshops at the pioneering re-wilded estate, Knepp Wildland, in West Sussex, starting on 1st June (you may have seen the book about the estate, WILDING, by Isabella Tree, which was published last year).

Please see the Eventbrite link below where you can see further details of the course and register!

Monday, 11 February 2019

ECO-POETICS - book launch at ONCA Tuesday 12th February 6.30pm. Please join us.

Our next ECO-POETICS course is at Knepp Wildland in June - sign up here:

Monday, 1 October 2018


Greetings - I wanted to let you know that my new Cinnamon Press poetry collection will be launched on Wednesday 24th October upstairs at the Elephant & Castle, Lewes (7.00 for 7.30pm; free) together with the launch of two great books, The Missing List, a memoir by Clare Best, and stories and a novella by Jeremy Page in London Calling & Other Stories.  


Cover image:  Andrzej Jackowski

Further readings of Inland at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival at 7pm on 

and a London launch on Tuesday 4th December
together with 

Patricia Helen Wooldridge launching Sea Poetics
 and Maria Jastrzebska launching The True Story of Cowboy Hat & Ingenue

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 @ West Greenwich Library. 7.00p.m. Free event with refreshments. All welcome. Event held in association with in-words.

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
Sudden VERT - three new workshops

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

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

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

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
Image: Clare Whistler’s wall writing, 2015