Wednesday, 16 March 2016
The world's spinning, the seasons are turning and even on this bitter March morning the birds are singing their springy hearts out. They know that the next Poets' (note the plural apostrophe) Walk will take place on 5th April, between the usual times of 10.30 and1.30.
This time we'll be Angels of History: we'll be thinking, writing and possibly even walking backwards, though I'm not sure what the birds will make of that.
The workshop will be free and open to adults of all abilities. You can book a place by calling 01342 823583 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Monday, 4 January 2016
Photograph by Helen Bardsley
The next Ashdown Forest Poet's Walk will take place tomorrow (5th January) between 10.30 and 1.30. You can book a (free) place by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01342 823583. Remember to bring a raincoat!
Friday, 27 November 2015
Juliet Murray, First Snows, Old Lodge Valley, Ashdown Forest
Ashdown Forest's Mulled Wine and Poems evening will be on Thursday 3rd December, from 6 till 8pm. Admission's free and we've a handful (or pen pot-ful) of poets who'll be reading their work, so if you're on or near the rough, tough heath in the heart of Sussex on 3rd December, please come along.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Box by Lawrence Wilson, photograph by Lawrence Wilson also.
Mayfield's Fringe Festival has begun again. This year's events include a re-enactment of a duel that never happened between the poets Ezra Pound and Lascelles Abercrombie. Apparently, Pound challenged Abercrombie to a duel in 1912, after Abercrombie called for a return to the poetry of Wordsworth. Now, one hundred and a bit years later we'll see who wins the battle between Modernism and Romanticism.
Our other literary shenanigans include a poetry reading with Robin Houghton, Patricia McCarthy and Jill Monroe on Sunday evening, and a story competition for young writers.
Storytelling is a prominent feature of this year's Fringe with a performance of The Wild Girl of Mayfield, a story by local storytellers Johnny Marsh, Pat Robson and Sam Santo, on Sunday afternoon. There'll be more tales too at In the Pink, an evening of food, stories and poems at the Pink Cabbage Company Cafe on Friday night.
Visual art lovers will be nourished by the work of Reem and Andy Acason at the Lower Steps Gallery and by the Boxes of Delight that are on display in shop windows around the village and which will be auctioned on Saturday night.
Painting by Reem Acason, photograph by Caroline Pooley
For full details of all the events, take a look at the Fringe website.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
April is upon us and the primroses are plumply blooming. Next Tuesday, 21st April, there'll be another Poet's Walk, starting at 10.30 and finishing at 1.30. Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee and eating biscuits. This time we'll be thinking too about forest memories and forest memory.
Everyone's welcome and you can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
One of E H Shepard's illustrations for Winnie the Pooh, of course.
The next Poet's Walk workshop will be from 10.30 - 1.30, next Tuesday. Once again we'll be writing, walking, drinking tea and coffee, eating biscuits, talking about writing, walking and the Forest and generally making merry in the heart of the Sussex Weald.
Everyone's welcome, whether you write regularly or haven't picked up a pen since you left school. You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest Centre on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
On 3rd December we're having an evening in which everyone who's attended the Poet's Walk workshops since they began last October will have a chance to read their creative work. We need an audience though and everyone's welcome, so please come if you can. You can book a place by contacting Ashdown Forest's office on 01324 823583 or by sending an email to email@example.com.