Writing About Trees with Katharine Towers

Writing About Trees: Workshop with Katharine Towers

Sunday 21st May
National Trust Longshaw Estate – Moorland Discovery Centre, S11 7TZ
14:45 – 16:15

Event Description 

In this workshop with poet Katharine Towers you’ll be exploring trees in all their glory and mystery. What might it feel like to be a tree? How can we put into words the particular beauty of a new beech leaf in Spring? Do trees have secrets we shouldn’t presume to imagine?

With writing prompts and readings of some iconic tree poems old and new, this workshop will set you off on your own poetic journey into the woods.

“I felt it happiness to be / Unknown, obscure and like a tree / In woodland peace and privacy.” – John Clare

Bus information from Sheffield:

272 from Sheffield Interchange or Hunter’s Bar to Fox House.

Departing Sheffield Interchange at 13:50 / Hunter’s Bar at 14:03, arriving Fox House 14:18.

Returning to Sheffield at 17:34, 18:19 (from Fox House).

Full timetable: Travel South Yorkshire

Katharine Towers lives in the Peak District and has published three collections with Picador. Oak (2021) is a book-length poem about the life of an oak tree and was a Poetry Book of the Month in The Guardian. The Floating Man (2010) won the Seamus Heaney Centre Prize and The Remedies (2016) was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. A pamphlet, The Violin Forest, was published by HappenStance in 2019 and a new pamphlet exploring the life and work of the twentieth-century English composer Gerald Finzi is to be published in July 2023 by The Maker’s Press.

In person only, wheelchair accessible.

Click here for details of the family-friendly poetry walk that Katharine Towers will lead from the Moorland Discovery Centre earlier in the day (1.30pm start).
Click here to return to the main programme.