The Tree Line – poetry at Pilgrims' Hall 2:00pm Saturday 9 September
A special reading for Heritage Open Days
2017 is the 800th anniversary of the Charter for Forests, and the Woodland Trust together with over 50 other organisations are marking the occasion by publishing a 'Charter for Trees, Woods & People'. As part of the celebration Worple Press commissioned new poems from 60 poets for the anthology The Tree Line : poems for Trees, Woods & People.
This reading – in the beautiful setting of Winchester's Pilgrims Hall – features Maura Dooley, Michael McKimm, Rachel Curzon and Stephen Boyce, all of whom are included in the anthology, and will celebrate trees in all their diversity. You'll hear poems about the many ways that trees have shaped – and go on shaping – our society, landscape and lives.
Maura Dooley is the author of four poetry collections. Her poem 'Cleaning Jim Dine's Heart' was shortlisted for the Forward Best Single Poem Prize 2015 and is featured in her latest collection The Silvering (Bloodaxe 2016), a Poetry Book Society recommendation. She has twice been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.
Michael McKimm is the editor of The Tree Line. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and his collection Fossil Sunshine was published by Worple Press in 2013. He also edited Map: Poems after William Smith's Geological Map of Britain 1815 (Worple 2015).
Rachel Curzon won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and her first collection was published under the Faber New Poets initiative in 2016. Rachel is Head of English at Pilgrims School.
Stephen Boyce is the author of two collections, Desire Lines (Arrowhead 2010) and The Sisyphus Dog (Worple 2014) as well as two pamphlets. He is a founding trustee of Winchester Poetry Festival.
2:00pm Saturday 9 September
Pilgrims' Hall, Pilgrims' School, Cathedral Close, Winchester SO23 9LT
Entrance is free but please book your ticket here.
This event is presented in association with Worple Press
for Heritage Open Days.