Poetry Day

Poetry Day: The Inspiration of Trees

With Professor Fiona Stafford

Inspiration from Trees: An oak tree at Clue Hill Farm

Introduction to the Poetry of Trees

Fiona will introduce some of the different meanings of trees, and the approaches made by writers through the ages.  We will then analyse some poems inspired by trees, discussing in the group the techniques used by the greatest poets and the meaning of their trees.

Walk in the woods

The group will observe trees first hand.


Creative Workshop

Writing about trees – participants will write
verse or prose, based on the walk and the observations made.  Depending on numbers, people can read out their creative work to a small group or the larger party, with discussion.


Reading of famous tree poems

A Tree at Clue Hill Farm , Near Brill.Price: £85.00 includes all materials (unless otherwise specified) our fabulous Creative Green lunch, drinks, homemade cakes and biscuits (the eggs are kindly contributed by the resident hens at Clue Hill Farm and honey from our bees).

Numbers of participants are generally limited to a maximum of 14 – this ensures that everyone is able to spend sufficient one-to-one time with the tutors.  Our meals are locally sourced and organic wherever possible.  We cook all the food on open fires with the logs harvested from our woods.

From 10 am till 4pm.

Our tutors are all either personally known by us, or come highly recommended to us.  They all live and practice their various disciplines within the local community and welcome any contact from attendees of our workshops.  Please refer to their individual pages for full contact details.

Fiona Stafford - PoetryFiona is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She has written several books and many essays on Romantic and contemporary poetry, as well as other kinds of literature. She was commissioned to write essays on The Meaning of Trees for Radio 3, and has delivered two series, with a third due to be broadcast in May 2015. She is currently writing a book on the cultural meaning of trees and belong to a group working on the landscapes, local history and nature of Britain and Ireland.

Appreciation of Trees

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Date(s) - 11 Jul 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Clue Hill Farm



Bookings are closed for this event.