A Field Full of Poems for National Meadows Day

10th May 2021


Thursday 10th June - part 1

Tuesday 15th June - part 2

7pm - 8.30pm (both sessions)

Does the sight of a summer meadow bright with wildflowers inspire you to put pen to paper? Celebrate Lancashire's Coronation Meadows with us by joining our poetry walk-and-workshop and your poem might be chosen to be shared on our website and social media for National Meadows Day in July.

Meadow Cranesbill by Graham CooperPart 1: The first session will include writing activities (so have pen/pencil and paper to hand), with supporting information and visual material on the meadows and discussion of exemplar poems. It will conclude with a question-and-answer session with guest poet Philip Burton, based on a selection of poems from his new collection, Gaia Warnings.

Part 2: The second session – after a few days for you to draft your poem(s) – will be an opportunity to discuss your drafts, and to get peer feedback if you choose to read your poem to us. Following this session, you will have a few days to finalise your poem(s), for submission to the Forest of Bowland AONB by midnight on Sunday 20 June for possible use on our website and social media for National Meadows Day.

This online workshop over two evenings will follow a Covid-compliant guided walk through the species-rich meadows at Bell Sykes Farm in Slaidburn on the morning of Thursday 3rd June. For more information about the walk please see our full Festival Bowland programme here. Please note: if you are unable to attend the guided walk you are still welcome to apply for a place on these online sessions.

The event is free, but booking is essential. For further information and to book a place please email sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk