Poet at Spurn – yes, that’s me! I am the latest in a long line of writers and artists to have been inspired and captivated by the open landscape, massive skies and seascapes of Spurn. The first time I visited the area, a couple of years ago, I was fascinated by the rich biodiversity and history of the nature reserve, the Humber estuary and surrounding area, and the way the land-and-waterscape shifts almost minute to minute. I’m a PhD researcher based in the School of English at Nottingham Trent University, writing a critical and creative thesis looking at representations of coastal change in contemporary poetry. Where better to base myself than Spurn? Yorkshire Wildlife Trust kindly agreed, and over the next few months I will be working with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at Spurn Discovery Centre to run a pilot poetry project as part of their Autumn Arts Festival. (So exciting!)
If you live in the East Riding Area and would be interested in contributing a poem inspired by Spurn and the local area/coastline/wildlife, or reading at an event, I’d love to hear from you! Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The programme launches with a poetry workshop at Easington Primary Academy on Thursday 3 October – National Poetry Day. Here is an outline of the public poetry events in the programme (October and November 2019):
Poetic Landscapes of Spurn: ‘Rewilding Our Writing’ Poetry Workshop
Saturday 5th October, 11am-2.30pm (Suitable for ages 16+)
Join Yorkshire Wildlife Trust poet Aly Stoneman at Spurn Discovery Centre for a friendly, informal poetry workshop inspired by the coastal habitat and wildlife at Spurn. Please bring a couple of your favourite words for nature, which could include regional and local dialect names for creatures and plants. The session will include an outdoor writing activity, weather permitting!
Please visit our website and book on 01904 659570 or online: https://www.ywt.org.uk/events/2019-10-05-poetic-landscapes-spurn
Spurn Arts Festival at Spurn Discovery Centre, Spurn Road, Kilnsea, Hull HU12 0UH
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October, Spurn Discovery Centre 11.30-4.30pm (£6)
A weekend of live music, arts and activities for families. Includes a drop-in family poetry workshop with Spurn’s resident poet Aly Stoneman 11.30-12.30pm on Saturday and poetry readings from Poetic Landscapes of Spurn project by Aly Stoneman and guests from 3.15-4pm on Saturday and 2pm-2.45pm on Sunday.Please visit our website and book on 01904 659570 or online: https://www.ywt.org.uk/events/2019-10-19-spurn-autumn-arts-festival-day-1
Poetic Landscapes of Spurn Celebration Event and Exhibition Launch, 4-6pm, Weds 20 November at Spurn Discovery Centre
Poetry Readings and film showing from Poetic Landscapes of Spurn pilot poetry programme, including work by Easington CoE Primary Academy pupils. Includes launch of the Poetic Landscapes of Spurn exhibition at Spurn Lighthouse from November 2019–March 2020. Refreshments available. Advance booking required.
I’d just like to say a quick thanks to YWT (particularly Andrew Mason, my line manager) and Mrs Verity at Easington Primary Academy for being so welcoming, supportive and enthusiastic – I’m not going to want to leave (no, really. Going to have to drag me out of here!). Thanks also to Sophie Koranteng at New Writing North and Imelda Malkin at Hornsea Library (East Riding Libraries) for your advice and help.