Friday, 31 March 2017


Greetings !  Please scroll down for details of three events.

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

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:
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.
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
TALK & COMMUNAL MEAL                                                                                                               Thursday 25 May, 6pm, £5
Vert Institute
for art events and writing
Kay Syrad & Chris Drury


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

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

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