Hanging up the bunting for ‘Poems for the Farm’…

The New Barn is all ready for tomorrow’s final event!

The New Barn at Acton ScottAndrew Fusek Peters appeared with a huge box of photographs, and I set out my poems on boards next to them to make a preview of our exhibition ‘Luck’s Weight’, inspired by the Farm.

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Setting up our Exhibition: ‘Luck’s Weight’.

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Setting up our Exhibition: ‘Luck’s Weight’.

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Setting up our Exhibition: ‘Luck’s Weight’.

The cream teas are ordered: home-made scones, and strawberry jam made from strawberries ‘scuffled’ here on the Farm by none other than Dusty the donkey with his little harrow.

And I have a long list of 20 readers, each of whom has visited the Farm, actually or virtually, and written a poem for this special place.  Over 50 people tell me they’re coming!  I’m hugely looking forward to welcoming them.

 

 

A Children’s Workshop at the Farm: ‘the no-ending of the horse’s eyes’

Curious and creative, here’s the home ed group who attended this morning’s poetry workshop at Acton Scott.

Home Ed workshop group at workI equipped everyone with one of my patent little folded books apiece, and we set off to explore the farm.  On the way we stopped and read Diana Hendry’s poem ‘What is the Pond Doing?’, and then Kit Wright’s poem ‘The Magic Box’.  The children were aged from 14 down to 7.   Here’s what we came back with.  I particularly liked Alanna’s ‘the no-ending of the horse’s eyes’; Loretta’s ‘their hooves are like furry rough stones on the hard earth’; Mollie’s cockerel that has ‘black eyes,so black, so brown’; and Jenna – ‘I love the butterfly’s beating wings’.

Then I invited them to send me poems for The Poetry Fence, my fingers are crossed…
Home Ed workshop Loretta's bookLittle book Mollie Home Ed workshop little book Jenna Home Ed workshop little book no ending horse's eyes Alanna Home Ed workshop Mollie's book 2 Home Ed workshop little book 2 Home Ed workshop Loretta's book2

Lots of poetry this week!

The Poetry Fence, and a hen not reading.

The Poetry Fence, and a hen not reading.

I’m looking forward to coming into Acton Scott Historic Working Farm several times over the coming week!  I’ve got new poems to put up, sent in to me by poets from near and far.

I’ll be ‘in residence’ on Sunday 25th, Monday 26th, Thursday 29th May and Sunday 1st June.

On Sunday 1st June I’m running a Poetry Workshop, open to poets at every stage in their careers, and offering the chance to write in the wonderful surroundings of the Farm.  There are still a few places left, so for more information, and to book, please follow this link.