Can’t believe my luck. I have been given one of The Poetry School’s (http://www.poetryschool.com/) mini residences, called Mixed Borders, for poets to write in London for the Open Garden Square Weekend 13th and 14th June. (http://www.opensquares.org/index.html)
Three weeks or so ago I went on a brilliant day with all the other poets at The Poetry School. Sarah (poet and Event Manager for London Open Garden Squares Weekend) and Julia from the Poetry School, told us all about how to get the best out of being be a ‘poet in residence’. We were given some interesting writing exercises to get us into a creative frame of mind and visited a local Buddhists garden and place of meditation.
We had had to send in a 30 word justification for each of three parks (out of the 18 available) in which we would like to have our residency. I was so lucky to get my first choice – The Postman’s Park – which was all very exciting and also scary. So now of course I so want to do justice to this wonderful opportunity.
I knew I was going to an Arvon poetry course the week following this exciting news, so I rushed up from Brighton to the park the next day for a quick recce! My partner had worked for the Post Office for fifteen years and knew this park well. I am a Londoner born and bred but had not actually visited this park before. What a delight, a secret garden in the middle of the city rain falling from the leaves of a plane tree, a thrush rummaging in the undergrowth, the Watts memorials. Magical.
I have already heard from some of the other poets in the scheme via Campus (the Poetry School’s online sharing site) and I gather they too are researching their allotted park or garden’s history, looking at who does all the work, the nature of the flowers and trees, considering all the possibilities. Of course we are all busy trying to write new poems too.
More news soon. Ann
Some of my poems have been published in Magazines, some are available on this site, (see header) and two collections from City Books in Brighton and on line from Lulu and Amazon