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Tree Line event in Nottingham

Tree Line Cover ImageOur series of events celebrating The Tree Line continues with a special event at Inspire Poetry Festival, Southwell, Nottingham on Thursday 13 July.

Join County Archivist Ruth Imeson, Charter Project Leader Matt Larsen-Daw and poets Jonathan Davidson and Carol Rowntree Jones at this special launch event. Learn about the 1217 Charter and the exciting plans for its 2017 incarnation, and hear a selection of poetic responses to this essential part of our natural heritage. A delightful meeting of poetry, history and trees in the home of the famous Bramley Apple!

Glass of wine or soft drink courtesy of our sponsors LSA.

Jonathan Davidson won an Eric Gregory award in 1990, and is the author of various pamphlets and collections of poetry, including Early Train (Smith/Doorstop, 2011) and Humfrey Coningsby (Valley Press, 2015). He has had seven radio plays broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, along with radio adaptations of Geoffrey Hill’s Mercian Hymns and W.S. Graham’s The Nightfishing. He adapted the novel Precious Bane by Mary Webb for Interplay Theatre in 2013.

Carol Rowntree Jones won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize with her sequence This Is Not Normal Behaviour, published by Lamplight Press. Her work has also appeared in The North, Staple, Assent and 111O. She runs creative writing and poetry workshops at the Nottingham Writers Studio and in prisons in the East Midlands.

Date     13 July 2017
Time     6:30pm – 8:00pm
Venue     Southwell Library

Register online to reserve your free place

The Tree Line event in the New Forest

On Saturday 17 June poets Stephen Boyce, Gillian Clarke and Isobel Dixon joined editor Michael McKimm for a very special reading and celebration of The Tree Line: Poems for Trees, Woods & People.

The event took place in the Countryside Education Trust‘s magnificent Treehouse Study Centre near Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, forming part of the New Forest Arts Festival and sponsored by the Legal Sustainability Alliance.

Poets read from the anthology as well as other poems of their own in what was a great celebration of our trees and woodlands.

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Don’t forget to add your name to the Charter for Trees, Woods & People and a tree will be planted in your name!

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Tree Line reviewed in The Ecologist

Tree Line Cover ImageOur new anthology The Tree Line has been reviewed by Harriet Griffey in The Ecologist.

Harriet writes: “It’s an anthology of diverse, vibrant and considered reflections, ideas and styles that bear witness to the vitality of trees in our daily existence. […]

But the anthology is more than a sylvan walk. It stems from an urgent necessity to engage with and protect our environment, and this conversation lies at its heart. In the ways of artistry, this necessity is expressed by these poems and those wisdoms they embody, and with which we want to engage via our own, personal landscapes, represented not least by the enduring resilience of the tree, a living thing that can both predate and outlast us all.”

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Find out more about The Tree Line

Join us at a reading around the UK

Simon Armitage, whose poems ‘Reader, allow’ and ‘On the raw shoulder’ are published in The Tree Line, recently signed the Charter for Trees while appearing at the Hay Festival.

Sign the Charter today and a tree will be planted in your name!