Friday, 14 February 2020

Eco-poetry course at Knepp Wildland

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Please join us for our second eco-poetry writing course at the pioneering and beautiful Knepp Wildland near Horsham, West Sussex.

This 6 week course will start on Saturday, 2nd May with a Walking Safari led by one of  Knepp’s expert ecologists, and will continue on Wednesday evenings, with exciting individual and collaborative writing exercises both inside and outside.

Since early 2018, Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler have led courses at ONCA arts centre in Brighton, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and Sussex Wildlife Trust at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Our eco-poetry series 'Changing Everything Carefully'* is based on an historical and international range of poetry and creative ideas about how we can reckon with the current eco-challenges that we face.
All welcome.

Knepp Wildland is a pioneering wilded estate owned by Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree, who has written a beautiful and illuminating account of the long process of transforming their farmland in the award-winning book, WILDING. For more information about Knepp, see

The course starts at 9am on Saturday 2nd May, 2020 with a whole day event that will include an overview of the course, a walking safari, lunch, poetry, discussion and writing. We will then meet weekly in the early evening (6-9pm) from Weds 13th May for five weeks, finishing 10th June.

£190, to include the cost of the safari.Book with Eventbrite:

Knepp Wildland is about 20 minutes’ from Horsham Station, and 30 minutes from Brighton by car. We may be able to organise lifts from Horsham station.

For more information, please email

* e.e. cummings, from ‘Spring is like a perhaps hand’
in 100 Selected Poems, Grove Press, 1954

‘I really appreciated the fun and playful approach you brought, the creativity and good humour […]

A ‘wonderfully inspiring and mind-opening course. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of it and it has given me something to truly look forward to and feel optimistic about each week’.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Eco-poetry events 2020

Last year, my collaborator Clare Whistler and I ran a number of eco-poetry workshops, at ONCA environmental and social justice space and gallery, Brighton; at the now famous rewilded estate, Knepp Wildland in West Sussex; and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk. We also had a residency at White House Farm, Great Glenham, Suffolk, where we made a study of the hedgerows.

Participants have written some fantastic wild poetry during our workshops, such that we have been compelled to produce anthologies of their work:  Poemish & Other Languages, Poemish of the Wildland  (both Elephant Press, 2019) and forthcoming, Fabric-ation: Slip Back to Source, a Journey of Materials, which will be launched at ONCA on Tuesday 4th February, 6.30 - 8.30 pm. Free. All welcome.

This year, our first workshop is for Sussex Wildlife Trust at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, as part of Jane Lovell's residency there, on Thursday 6th February:

From Saturday 4th May we are running another 6-week course at Knepp Wildland, starting with a walking safari.

On Saturday 11th July, we have a day workshop at another Sussex Wildlife Trust site, Woods Mill near Henfield.

Details and booking soon for these soon.

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.