Severn Rivers Trust (Unlocking the Severn)

When: 17.07.2019 to 21.07.2019

Where: Worcestershire/Shropshire

Places of Poetry visits the River Severn for its next residency  (Thursday 18th - Sunday 21st July), partnering with Severn Rivers Trust and more specifically Unlocking the Severn  - a multi-million pound river restoration project that will see major environmental improvements to the River Severn and enable its fish and ecosystem to thrive. The project has a community element that aims to reconnect people with the river, and that’s where Places of Poetry comes in. Isabel Galleymore is a lecturer and eco-poet – in 2016 she was poet-in-residence in the Amazon rain forest. She will be running workshops for local residents about the Severn, its history and ecology.  This includes: 

Reading and Writing Workshop on Diglis Island, Worcester

Friday 19th July 11am-3pm

In this workshop, you will explore how contemporary poets have engaged with the River Severn: a place that has been shaped by nature, local community and industry. Influenced by Diglis Island and the Unlock the Severn project, you will get the chance to experiment with different poetic techniques to capture our own personal perspectives on the place and share this work in a friendly, supportive environment. Participants will have the chance to pin their poem(s) to a digital map at the end of the workshop. Keep an eye on this website for details how to book your place.

Rivers bugs and poems. Family activities at Attingham Park Shropshire

Sunday 21st July 10.30am-3pm

The river Severn is home to an array of fascinating river bugs, fish and birds which tell us about the health of the river. Come and find out what lives in our river at Attingham and take inspiration from these amazing creatures to write your own poem.

A brief bio of Isabel. Isabel Galleymore’s debut pamphlet, Dazzle Ship, was published by Worple Press in 2014 and her work has featured in magazines including Poetry, the London Review of Books and New Poetries VII. Significant Other, published this year, has been shortlisted for the Forward’s Felix Dennis Prize for a first collection. She teaches at the University of Birmingham.

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