23. November 2014 · Comments Off on Geopoetics News November 2014 · Categories: Uncategorised

Stravaig Issue 4: Intellectual Nomads
Submissions of essays, poems and images for Stravaig Issue 4 on the theme of Intellectual Nomads are invited by Monday 12 January 2015 to Nancy Campbell at Nancy Campbell nancy@nancycampbell.co.uk and Norman Bissell at normanbissell@btinternet.com. We would like to express our thanks to Elizabeth Rimmer, who gave such sterling service as both Stravaig editor and our secretary, who has had to withdraw for health reasons from her work for the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.

Stravaig Issue 3 is still available online at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-journal-stravaig/stravaig-3/. It has 8 essays and 14 poems on the theme Geopoetics in Practice ranging from Aberlady Bay to Saudi Arabia, from Illinois to Iona. If you like the journal and want it to continue please join us: £10/£5 unwaged: see how under Membership below.

Upcoming Events
Writing for Life Day Saturday 6 December 2014
Award-winning author Mandy Haggith will lead an Isle of Luing Community Trust Writing Workshop at 10.30 am-12.30 pm at Cullipool Hall on the Isle of Luing on Saturday 6 December 2014. She will be joined in an evening performance at 7.30 pm by music from Kirsty MacLachlan and Fiona Cruickshanks and other writers from the workshop. To book your place, £8 (under 16s £4) for the day, £4 (under 16s free) for the evening only, contact me at 01852 314322, normanbissell@btinternet.com. Let me know if you will need accommodation. Ferries run every half hour until 10.30 pm.

Sharpening your writing skills is useful, whether you want to write a blog, send someone a persuasive letter, win a poetry competition or post something that goes viral on Facebook or Twitter. This friendly and relaxed workshop will explore how to use close observation of the world to get the words flowing and how to chip away the dross and polish your writing. It will show that sparkling text is something that we all can create, by expressing ourselves as we are and by borrowing and taking inspiration from other writers. If the weather is good it will include a short walk.

Mandy Haggith is a writer based in Assynt, in the northwest Highlands, whose publications include two volumes of poetry, an anthology of tree poems, a non-fiction book about paper and two novels, one of which, a historical novel called The Last Bear, won the Robin Jenkins Literary Award. She has turned her writing skills to a wide range of uses, from blogging for archaeologists to writing funding applications for environmental organisations. Her interests include forests, rocks, history, sailing and bears. Blog: http://cybercrofter.blogspot.co.uk/.

Nancy Campbell Seven Words for Winter: Arctic Poems
Monday 17 November 7pm at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
In this free reading Nancy Campbell will evoke the atmosphere of ‘the most northern museum in the world’ on the remote island of Upernavik in Greenland. These poems describe the disappearing Arctic language and environment and retell the colourful myths of the Inuit coastal community. The evening will open with readings of new work from writers who participated in the Ice and the Imagination workshop. Numbers are limited so booking is advised for both these events. Please contact The Lit & Phil Tel: 0191 232 0192 Email: library@litandphil.org.uk

Alyson Hallett
Saturday 15 November. 2pm–4pm Poetry Workshop tickets £10.
4.30pm – 5.30pm Poetry Reading with David Woolley, tickets £5. Both at Bosco Books, Looe, Cornwall www.looeliteraryfestival.co.uk

Geraldine Green
Sunday 16 November ‘Living Words’ 2-5pm Creative Writing Workshop Swarthmoor Hall
info@swarthmoorhall.co.uk
Saturday 22 November Write to Roam creative writing workshop at Jane’s farm near Kirkby Lonsdale 10.30am-4.30pm £30 incl. refreshments – all welcome!

Scottish Geodiversity Forum
The Write Right Conference Saturday 22 November at 09:30–16:00 at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
This conference is for anyone interested in writing about geodiversity. It will encourage sharing of experiences, inspire new insights and work towards top-quality writing that informs, interprets and inspires. It will create and publish best practice guidance and appropriate examples to aid anyone writing about Scotland’s geodiversity in the future.
Free, but places are limited – advance booking essential. https://www.facebook.com/events/298740080320794/

Susan Richardson
Sunday 30th November 2014, time tbc – poetry performance as part of residency with the Marine Conservation Society, the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, Hay-on-Wye.

Books
Looking for Christmas presents for family, friends and yourself? Here are some recommendations:

Mavis Gulliver has two books out:
Slate Voices: Cwmorthin & Islands of Netherlorn, a new poetry collection about Scotland’s slate islands and the slate mines of North Wales with Jan Fortune, and Cry at Midnight, a children’s adventure story. www.cinnamonpresss.com

Tessa Ransford Made in Edinburgh, Luath Press, is a collection of poems inspired by Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park in Edinburgh enhanced by photographs by Michael Knowles. http://www.luath.co.uk/made-in-edinburgh.html

Kenneth White Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath: a collection of essays on cultural politics, Latitudes & Longitude: a new collection of poetry, and The Winds of Vancouver which charts his travels in British Columbia and Alaska, from the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen University RIISS at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/publications.shtml.
News about plans for the publication of his Collected Works can be obtained from Professor Cairns Craig, cairns.craig@abdn.ac.uk. For further information on White’s work, with commentaries and criticism in English and in French: his bilingual site is at http://www.kennethwhite.org/accueil/index.php.

James McCarthy The Diplomat of Kashgar: A Very Special Agent – Sir George Macartney Proverse Publishing, joint winner of the Proverse International Prize and From the Cree to California, J&B PrintLtd. http://www.waterstones.com

Martina Kolb Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria, University of Toronto Press, about the influence of the Ligurian coastal area of Italy on three seminal German-writing modernists – Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Gottfried Benn from http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/MARTINA-KOLB?cm_sp=brcr-_-bdp-_-author.

Gerrie Fellows The Body in Space (Shearsman), which is concerned with the living presence of place, in particular the landscapes of Scotland and what is written over them by people and history.

Christian McEwen The Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down. Just out: a mini (4″x5″) treasure-house of poems and quotations based on the twelve chapters of Christian McEwen’s 2011 book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down. http://www.bauhanpublishing.com/tortoise-diaries/

Dark Mountain Issue 6 The Rising of the Waters book launch Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 6.45 pm at Free Word Centre, London. Book at https://freewordcentre.com

Our SCFG AGM has been postponed until Spring 2015. Further details to follow next year. For more information, please contact Norman Bissell at normanbissell@btinternet.com.

Membership
Please join or renew your annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged) by sending a completed application form from our website & cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to our Treasurer, David Francis 214 Portobello Road, Portobello EH15 2AU. You can also pay online by PayPal at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-store/.
This Newsletter can also be read on our website. Please subscribe there to receive future Geopoetics Newsletters direct.

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12. June 2014 · Comments Off on Geopoetics News May 2014: Stravaig Issue 3 · Categories: Uncategorised

Stravaig Issue 3 is now online at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-journal-stravaig/stravaig-3/. It’s bigger and better than ever with 8 essays and 14 poems on the theme Geopoetics in Practice ranging from Aberlady Bay to Saudi Arabia, from Illinois to Iona. Many thanks to Steve Pardue and all the contributors for making it such a fine issue. We were going to charge non-members for it but have decided on this occasion to make it free to all again. If you like the journal and want it to continue please join us: £10/£5 unwaged: see how under Membership below.
Submissions for Stravaig Issue 4, especially images to go with essays and poems, on the theme of Intellectual Nomads are invited by 1 October 2014 to Elizabeth Rimmer at burnedthumb@gmail.com and Norman Bissell at normanbissell@btinternet.com.

International Geopoetics Conference, Paris 12-13 June 2014
L’Archipel, the co-ordinating body of international geopoetics groups is organising an international conference on the theme of The Town and Geopoetics at the Centre culturel canadien, at 5, rue de Constantine, Paris 7e on 12-13 June 2014. If you would like to take part and wish more information, contact Rachel Bouvet at bouvet.rachel@uqam.ca or Norman Bissell at the above e-mail address.

Kenneth White Books
Three books by Kenneth White Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath: a collection of essays on cultural politics, Latitudes & Longitude: a new collection of poetry, and The Winds of Vancouver which charts his travels in British Columbia and Alaska are still available from the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen University RIISS at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/publications.shtml.
Further information about plans for the publication of his Collected Works can be obtained from Professor Cairns Craig, cairns.craig@abdn.ac.uk. For fuller information on White’s work, with commentaries and criticism both in English and in French, see his bilingual site: http://www.kennethwhite.org/accueil/index.php.

Tessa Ransford’s new book – Made in Edinburgh, Luath Press, is a collection of poems inspired by Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park in Edinburgh enhanced by photographs by Michael Knowles. http://www.wisdomfield.com/

James McCarthy’s The Diplomat of Kashgar: A Very Special Agent – Sir George Macartney to be published by Proverse Publishing is the joint winner of the Proverse International Prize.

Martina Kolb’s Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria, University of Toronto Press, about the influence of the Ligurian coastal area of Italy on three seminal German-writing modernists – Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Gottfried Benn – is still available from http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/MARTINA-KOLB?cm_sp=brcr-_-bdp-_-author.

Gerrie Fellows has just launched her fourth collection, The Body in Space (Shearsman), which is concerned with the living presence of place, in particular the landscapes of Scotland and what is written over them by history. The poems bring together people and places – family relationships enacted through webs of intimacy or distance, the dead remembered in interleaved images of art and medicine.

Members’ Events

Nancy Campbell

Vantar/Missing Exhibition of new work by visual and performing artist in residence 2013-2014 Nancy Campbell at Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens Oxford OX2 6QA from 6-17 May. www.nancycampbell.co.uk

Alyson Hallett
Alyson will be reading from her new poetry collection Suddenly Everything with Victoria Field at the Charles Causley Festival on Friday 13 June at 4.00pm in the Launceston Guildhall Tickets: £4. More details at: www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk.

Mavis Gulliver
Mavis Gulliver & Jan Fortune launch their new poetry collection Slate Voices: Cwmorthin & Islands of Netherlorn:
Monday May 19th The Clapton Laundry, London
Wednesday 21 May 7 pm Hen Bost, Bleanau Ffestiniog
Thursday 22 May 6 for 6.30 pm Penrallt Books & Gallery, Powys
Friday 23 May 7 pm Palas Print Bookshop, 170 High St, Bangor
Saturday 14 June 7.30 pm Poetry, slides, songs & refreshments Cullipool Hall, Isle of Luing
Sunday 15 June 11 am poetry workshop and 3 pm poetry safari, Cullipool, Isle of Luing
Tuesday 17 June 7pm Seil Island Hall 7.30pm
Thursday 19 June 11am & 2.30pm Poetry Walks on Seil and Easdale
Further details: http://bit.ly/1kMmw6K.

Richard Meyers: PICNIC for RICH: Remembering Richard at Islington Ecology Centre 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH on Saturday 26 July, 2014.
Richard was a self-taught naturalist who was instrumental in initiating and managing for periods the wild part of Alexandra Park and Railway Fields in Haringey and Gillespie Park with its Ecology Centre in Islington. He contributed much to so many through conducted walks, his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for the flora and fauna of our urban world, and awareness of how people can be in this world. He worked with Gordon Peters to develop a geopoetics network in southern England and ably led some of our walks in the area. He died last October and his life will be celebrated at this event.
11 am Poems by Richard Meyers + readings and hints on living with the natural world in the city from Ruth Meyers and Gordon Peters.
12.30 pm Lunch inside or picnic outside in the Park (£5 per head).

Christian McEwen: Summer Isles Retreat on Tanera Mor 30 August – 6 September 2014 A Week in Paradise of art making, writing, poetry and reflection. Full details and booking: http://www.wildtiles.co.uk/world_enough_and_time.php.

Susan Richardson: Writing Root & Claw 17-19 October 2014
A Weekend Workshop with Susan Richardson & Em Strang in the Haybergill Centre, Cumbria. A stimulating weekend of writing and discussion around ecological themes. Further details at http://bit.ly/1mCNgZK.

Atlantic Islands Writing Day and Geopoetics AGM 18-19 October 2014
Mandy Haggith will lead a writing workshop & evening performance on the Isle of Luing on Saturday 18 October 2014.

Our SCFG AGM will take place on the Isle of Luing on Sunday 19 October 2014 at 12 noon. The venue will be the Atlantic Islands Centre if it has opened by then or Cullipool Hall if not.
If you would like to come to these events please contact Norman Bissell at normanbissell@btinternet.com for more information.

Other Events

Mary Morrison Exhibition Fonn – “A song of land, held in mind” 10 May -24 June An Lanntair Gallery, Stornoway, Lewis.

The gaelic word Fonn has various definitions relating to ‘land, music, state of mind, longing’. Writer Jay Griffiths describes the rich meanings of the word as suggesting, ‘a song of land, held in mind’ which echo the lines of enquiry in Mary’s practice. Mary Morrison’s work is largely informed by the Atlantic archipelago.

Membership
Please join or renew your annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged) by sending a completed application form from our website and cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Elizabeth Rimmer 18 North Street, Cambuskenneth, Stirling FK9 5NB. You can also pay online by PayPal at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-store/.

This Newsletter can also be read on our website. Please subscribe there to receive future Geopoetics Newsletters direct.

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22. October 2013 · Comments Off on Geopoetics News October 2013 · Categories: Uncategorised
Stravaig: Call for Submissions
Issue 3 of Stravaig will be published in April 2014. Submissions – poetry, prose, essays, artwork – on the theme of geopoetics in practice should be sent to burnedthumb@gmail.com, cc to Norman Bissell normanbissell@btinternet.com by 1st December 2013.
Images to accompany essays and poems are particularly welcome. We would like this to be a bumper issue since free access to the journal will only be available to members. Extracts will be available on our website but the full issue will cost £5 to non-members. Stravaig#2 can be read here:http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-journal-stravaig/stravaig-issue-2/
 
The Film We Are Northern Lights vividly reveals our intimate relationship with the earth that is Scotland in all its wonderful diversity of people and place. Watching it is an immensely uplifting and inspiring glass half-full experience that makes you feel proud of who we are and can be. If you haven’t seen it in any of its previous 200 screenings you can now watch it online here: http://muvi.es/w3598/202995.
 
Please vote for it for the BAFTA Scotland Audience Award. Voting is underway and ends on Tuesday 29 October. It’s a very close contest and every vote counts. It’s not every day 121 co-directors (including me) get a chance to win a BAFTA! Vote here: http://www.cineworld.co.uk/baftascotland. It only takes a moment.
 
An Aberlady Lunch and Stravaig on Saturday 23 November 2013
Gather for lunch at 12 noon at the Old Aberlady Inn and enjoy an informal discussion about geopoetics and its relationship to communities and networks of individuals. Join us for a guided walk at 2pm round Aberlady Bay Local Nature Reserve in the company of birder Bill Eddie and other informed naturalists. Thousands of Pink-footed Geese and other wildlife are to be seen. RSVP to me if you’re coming.
 
Kenneth White Books
The Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at Aberdeen University has published three new works by Kenneth White. Ideas of Order at Cape Wrath, a collection of essays on cultural politics, Latitudes & Longitudes, a new collection of poetry, and The Winds of Vancouver which charts his travels in British Columbia and Alaska. They can be obtained from the RIISS at: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/riiss/publications.shtml
Many of his works, including his introduction to Geopoetics Le Plateau de l’albatros have appeared only in French, but all of them will now be made available in English in a new Collected Works to be published by the RIISS. Each volume will have a new introduction by the author. Further information can be obtained from Professor Cairns Craig, cairns.craig@abdn.ac.uk.
 
Nietzsche, Freud, Benn, and the Azure Spell of Liguria by member Martina Kolb, University of Toronto Press shows how this coastal area of Italy influenced  three seminal German-writing modernists – Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, and Gottfried Benn – whose encounters with Ligurian lands and seas led to an innovative geopoetic fusion of word and world. It is available from http://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/MARTINA-KOLB?cm_sp=brcr-_-bdp-_-author.
 
I was pleased to welcome Martina to Luing this summer and to have interesting geopoetics conversations and walks with her and Christian McEwen.
 
Christian McEwen: Summer Isles Retreat on Tanera Mor 30 August – 6 September 2014 A Week in Paradise of art making, writing, poetry and reflection. Full details and booking: http://www.wildtiles.co.uk/world_enough_and_time.php.  
 
Working the Tweed Project Room Exhibition at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum, Jedburgh TD8 6UQ until 31 October. Open Every Day 10am – 5pm. Free. A collaboration between artists and river specialists for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 including member Claire Pencak. See www.workingthetweed.co.uk  
 
Membership
Please join or renew your annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged) by sending a completed application form from our website and cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Elizabeth Rimmer 18 North Street, Cambuskenneth, Stirling FK9 5NB. You can also pay online by PayPal at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-store/.
 
This Newsletter can also be read on our website. Please subscribe there to receive future Geopoetics Newsletters direct.
 
To unsubscribe, just send me an e-mail.  Please share this Newsletter with others.
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18. June 2013 · Comments Off on Geopoetics News – 17 June 2013 · Categories: Uncategorised

Greetings to all new subscribers and members. Here’s the latest news about our forthcoming events and resources.

On Friday 28 June at 6.30 pm at the Scottish Poetry Library Christian McEwen will give a reading and lead a discussion on Creativity and Slowing Down.

Her World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, was first published in September 2011, and has already gone into its fourth printing. Carla Carlisle: “Her prose is poetry, as clear as snow melt. If you think you’re too busy to read this book, this is the book for you.” The American poet Edward Hirsch described it as “a quiet feast, a daydreamer’s manual… which teaches us to slow down and see the world anew.”
Book £7/£5 concessions & SPL friends at www.cmcewen.eventbrite.co.uk/# or tel. 0131 557 2876.

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25. April 2013 · Comments Off on Geopoetics News April 2013 · Categories: Uncategorised

A warm welcome to all our new subscribers and members. You’ll find lots of news here about our forthcoming events and resources.

First up, Stravaig issue 2 on the theme Coast to Coast is now online with essays by Georgina Coburn on island artists Steve Dilworth and Mhairi Killin, Gordon Peters on Stevenson in Samoa, Elizabeth Rimmer on Dark Mountain and Bill Stephens on kayaking in the Scilly Isles and Shetland, poems by Mavis Gulliver, Nancy Campbell, Susan Richardson, Michael McKimm, Bridget Khursheed and Tessa Ransford, images by Nat Hall and Douglas Robertson – it’s a bumper issue! http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-journal-stravaig/stravaig-issue-2/

Here are links to a film about Steve Dilworth to go with Georgina Coburn’s essay: <iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/40810322” width=”500″ height=”281″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/40810322“>Steve Dilworth- A Portrait</a> from <a hre

Your feedback on any of its contents would be appreciated.

On Saturday 27 April at 10.30 am in the Out of the Blue Drill Hall Cutting Room, Dalmeny Street Edinburgh our Annual General Meeting will discuss ideas for fund-raising and plans for our future activities.
At 12 noon a much anticipated talk by David Francis: As I Roved Out: a folk musician and geopoetics.
David plays guitar and writes songs with Mairi Campbell as The Cast whose shows The Red Earth and Revival! combine storytelling, music and song. He is an influential figure in the revival of traditional Scottish social dancing, a co-founder of Distil, a creative development project for traditional musicians, and is Executive Officer of the Traditional Music Forum and Treasurer of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics.
Minimum donation £3. RSVP if you’re coming since space is limited.

On Friday 10 May at 4 pm in the Linklater Room, University of Aberdeen, as part of its May Festival, Kenneth White will give a lecture on ‘What is World Literature?’
On Saturday 11 May at 1.30 pm in the Multimedia Room, King’s Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, he will also give a poetry reading ‘Latitudes and Longitudes.’
This is a rare opportunity to hear the founder of geopoetics – book tickets at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/events/2493/.
The University of Aberdeen Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies will also be publishing three new books of his: a book of essays, a book of narrative prose and a book of poems.

On Sunday 19 May at 10.30 am the London and south geopoetics network is organising a half day walk in the Lea Valley, round Tottenham Marshes.
This will start from Tottenham Hale Underground station and walk a few hundred yards up the towpath to Stonebridge Lock then meander in the Marsh area, and take a look at the work and growing community of Living Under One Sun. Expected finish by 1 pm, with a chance of some al fresco lunch and coffee.
There will, of course, be some discussion and informed observation on the natural and occupied environment on the way, and a sense of appreciating the space and the place for what it is.

On Sunday 2 June there will also be a walk for southern geopoetics members and friends in the South Downs. The walk is circular from Hassocks Railway Station on the London to Brighton line. Gather in the car park on the east side of the station at 10.36 am to meet the First Capital Connect train (from St. Pancras, Blackfriars, London Bridge, East Croydon) and be back at the station around 15.30.
Wolstonbury Hill is a site of Special Scientific Interest with a rich flora, a fine bronze age fort and 360 degree views that take in a long sweep of the Downs, the sea and views across the Weald reaching to the North Downs. In true geopoetic style, we will develop our poetic knowledge of the geology, natural history and human history of the rich human / natural landscape and explore some relaxed practices as we journey to deepen our experience of the landscape through our senses and our body-mind.
The walk will be led by Alistair Duncan who has a keen interest in our psychological and sensory connection to the land and has lived all his life in Brighton between the Downs and the sea. Bring outdoor clothing and a packed lunch. Free: contact Gordon Peters at gordonpeters18@hotmail.co.uk to book either or both events.

On Friday 28 June at 6.30 pm at the Scottish Poetry Library Christian McEwen will give a reading and lead a discussion on Creativity and Slowing Down.
Her World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, was first published in September 2011, and has already gone into its fourth printing. Carla Carlisle: “Her prose is poetry, as clear as snow melt. If you think you’re too busy to read this book, this is the book for you.” The American poet Edward Hirsch described it as “a quiet feast, a daydreamer’s manual… which teaches us to slow down and see the world anew.”
Tel. 0131 557 2876 to book.  The SPL Spring Programme is here: http://issuu.com/scottishpoetrylibrary/docs/spl_springprogramme/3.

On Saturday 29 June from 10 am to 4 pm Christian McEwen In Praise of Walking: Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, Fife
She was someone who could not be rushed. This seems like a small thing. But it is actually a very amazing quality, a very ancient one…  She went about her business as if she could live forever, and forever was very very long. Alice Walker
Almost everything we care deeply about, we do with some nimbus of slowness around it, whether that be writing a poem, digging a garden, or baking a birthday cake for a beloved child. “The greatest assassin of life is haste,” said the poet Theodore Roethke. And yet more than a third of us say we “always feel rushed.”  This day-long session is intended as an antidote to that frantic sense of urgency. Over the course of our time together, we will focus on very ordinary, everyday activities — walking, talking, writing, drawing, telling stories — exploring them both as a source of pleasure in themselves, and as a pathway to our own creative work.
In Praise of Walking is intended as a hands-on workshop, combining stories and discussion with a special focus on reading, writing, walking, and drawing. Come dressed for the weather and wear walking boots. Bring a packed lunch. Booking: £12/£10 unwaged/ Friday night attenders at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6156348805?ref=elink#.

Other Resources:

Geopoetics on the Atlantic Edge: a full account by Graham Leicester, Director of the International Futures Forum, of the March talk by Norman Bissell and discussion at Ramsay Garden, Edinburgh. It features Patrick Geddes, Kenneth White, biophilia and how the Atlantic Islands Centre can showcase Luing and the other Argyll islands and encourage us to attune our minds to the elements.

On The Atlantic Edge: Scotland’s islands and the opening of a world  http://www.internationalfuturesforum.com/s/424

The Fife Psychogeographical Collective
Occasional despatches from the Fife Psychogeographical Collective.  Field trips and wanderings in liminal spaces … mapping the interstices of past, present and possible …
From the Kingdom and beyond … http://fifepsychogeography.com/about/.

Other events

Ongoing: Imagining Natural Scotland is a new interdisciplinary project for the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 from Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the University of St Andrews which will explore the interplay between the natural world and its representation, and promote deep collaboration and knowledge exchange between the creative and scientific sectors. http://imaginingnaturalscotland.org.uk/.

Ongoing: We Are Northern Lights feature documentary screenings about life past, present and future in Scotland. A hilarious, moving, beautiful kaleidoscope of life drawn from all parts of Scotland.
http://community.wearenorthernlights.com/screenings.

Thursday 18 April at 7 pm John Hudson Workshop on creating a character in a poem at Walthamstow Library London E17.

Friday 19 April at 7pm  John Hudson reading his poetry at Leytonstone Library, London E11.

19-21 April Dark Mountain Writing – a weekend poetry workshop at Wiston Lodege in the Scottish Borders, co-facilitated by Em Strang and Susan Richardson. The emphasis is on what the Dark Mountain Project (http://dark-mountain.net/) calls ‘uncivilised’ writing -what does it mean to write nature poetry in the 21st century? How do we express wildness? Is it possible to speak for non-human species?
Cost for the weekend is £200, including 2 nights full board.  Further details: susan@susanrichardsonwriter.co.uk.

April 22 to May 25 Exhibition     Eden3: Trees are the Language of Landscape in the Tent Gallery, in Art Space and Nature, Edinburgh College of Art

Monday 27 May at 7 pm in Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Dalziel+Scullion will give a lecture on Ecology of Place. http://edinburghlectures.wordpress.com/programme-2013/.

From 14th-16th June: “Writing the Wild” Creative Writing Course, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria with Geraldine Green.
Tel: 015394 41396 Email: enquiries@brantwood.org.uk http://www.brantwood.org.uk/courses.htm

From 14 – 16 June at Wiston Lodge near Biggar, Carrying the Fire, a weekend of talks, workshops and performances exploring the connections between the arts, ecology and cultural resilience. Organised by the Dark Mountain project.
Speakers will include Jay Griffiths, author of ‘Wild’ and ‘Kith’, Sara Maitland, author of ‘Gossip From the Forest’ and Chris Fremantle of EcoArt Scotland. There will also be performances from the likes of Mairi Campbell and Metaforestry – Storiau o’r Gogledd.
For more information check out https://sites.google.com/a/carryingthefire.co.uk/carrying-the-fire/

The Filmpoem Festival 2013 will take place on the 3rd and 4th August 2013 in Dunbar Town House, Dunbar, Scotland. The call out is available for submissions by 1 June at http://filmpoem.com/Filmpoem2013.pdf

From 10th-17th August: International Poetry Week – a week of poetry workshops & discussions with Geraldine Green on the Isle of Arran. Contact http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk/

From 23rd-25th August: “Sense and Place” Poetry Course with tutors: Dr. Geraldine Green and New York Poet and Writer-in-Residence at Walt Whitman Birthplace, Prof. George Wallace – contact through Brantwood (contact details above).

More Books from Members
Six Days in Iceland by Alyson Hallett and Chris Caseldine. Poetry, images and scientific text, £7.00 available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Six-Days-Iceland-Alyson-Hallett/dp/0956994008.
The Lost Language of the Stars by Heather Connie Martin. A fascinating exploration of the links between Pictish stones and the constellations of stars. Available from heatherconnie@hotmail.fr.
Earth by John Hudson, a new poetry collection from Luath Press available from j.hudson@btinternet.com.

Suggestions for other events and resources that may be relevant to geopoetics are most welcome, as are your thoughts on any of this Newsletter.

Membership
Please join or renew your annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged) by sending a completed application form from our website and cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Bill Taylor 7 Wellpark Terrace West, Newport-on-Tay DD6 8HU. You can also pay online by PayPal at http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/online-store/

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17. January 2013 · Comments Off on 2012 was a good year for the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics · Categories: Uncategorised

2012 was a good year for the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics and 2013 promises to be just as good. In the last part of the year our website www.geopoetics.org.uk received 7,900 views from 68 different countries, new subscribers are coming in all the time and 2 new members have joined already this year.

The second issue of our online journal Stravaig will be available in the coming weeks and will contain 6 essays, lots of poems, 2 reviews and many images. We would like to thank everyone who submitted work for it. Meanwhile, check out Stravaig#1 here: online-journal-stravaig/stravaig-1-contents/.
Here are our initial plans for the coming year. Full details to follow.

On Thursday 7th February 2013 I will be speaking about Geopoetics on the Atlantic Edge: Expanding Our Sense of Scotland at an International Futures Forum Ramsay Garden Seminar at 4 Ramsay Garden, Edinburgh 13.00 – 14.15 with buffet lunch from 12.30. I will be outlining Atlantic poetics and explaining how the Isle of Luing Community Trust Atlantic Islands Centre, for which the Trust has raised £1.2m funding, could contribute to an expansive sense of world and cultural renewal.

Places at the seminar are limited to encourage a quality discussion.  Reserve a place by emailing Mairi Heneghan or phoning IFF at 01383 861300.

On Saturday 28 April our AGM will take place in the Edinburgh area preceded by a talk about geopoetics.

On 5 May at 2 pm Christian McEwen will give a talk and reading about Creativity and Slowing Down in the Islington Ecology Centre off Gillespie Road near Finsbury Park, London, This will be followed by a walk around the nature reserve putting these ideas into practice.

At the end of May or in June there will also be a walk for geopoetics members and friends in the South Downs and possibly more walks and conversation in the Lea Valley of London.

Contact Gordon Peters at gordonpeters18@hotmail.co.uk if you’d like information about future events in southern England.

On Friday 28 June Christian McEwen will give a reading and lead a discussion on Creativity and Slowing Down in Edinburgh followed by an outdoors workshop on Saturday 20 June. Her marvellous book World Enough & Time is now available from through UPNE (University Press of New England) Order Dept. which is represented in the UK by the Eurospan Group (info@eurospangroup.com, or www.eurospanbookstore.com).

August/September – we are looking into the possibility of a visual arts/poetry exhibition and walk in Hexham near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

New Books from Members

From Shore to Shoormal / D’un rivage à l’autre by Nat Hall and Donna Allard Broken Jaw Press @ £10.

John Richardson: Naturalist of the North by James McCarthy GC books @£4.99.

By Leaves Entwined by Gordon Peters with illustrations by Sandra de Matos @ £5.

Wherever We Live Now by Elizabeth Rimmer Red Squirrel Press @ £6.99.

The Proprietry of Weeding by Colin Will Red Squirrel Press @ £6.99.

Other Resources:

Entanglements, a new anthology of environmental poetry ed. By David Knowles and Sharon Blackie, cover design by Douglas Robertson.

The Dark Mountain Project third book is now out and will be reviewed in Stravaig#2.

Scotland’s Landscapes: The National Collection of Aerial Photography by James Crawford from the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland.

The fourth issue of EarthLines Magazine is now out and is packed with articles, images and poems including an interview with Robert Macfarlane. It’s well worth a subscription.

GEORGE WYLLIE RETROSPECTIVE: IN PURSUIT OF THE QUESTION MARK. The Mitchell, North St, Glasgow, G3 7DN. Until 2 February 2013. Mon-Sat, 10-5. FREE ENTRY. The largest exhibition ever of his work and definitely not to be missed. I laughed out loud at some of his scul?tures.

Infinite Scotland exploring natural and cultural connections tours Scotland late January early February.

2013 has been designated the Year of Natural Scotland and you can find out more about how to get involved and what’s happening here:

Suggestions for other resources that may be relevant to geopoetics are most welcome, as are your thoughts on any of this Newsletter.

Membership

To develop our work of raising awareness of geopoetics we need new members and existing members to renew their annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged). If you value what we do, please send a completed application form from our website and cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Bill Taylor 7 Wellpark Terrace West, Newport-on-Tay DD6 8HU. You can also pay online by PayPal at here.

05. October 2012 · Comments Off on Autumn Geopoetics News · Categories: Uncategorised

‘An oasis of calm in the midst of Festival mayhem.’ ‘A joyful presence who offered real insight into how to overcome being drawn into frantic living and become truly creative.’ ‘A primer on geopoetics as a way of perceiving and living creatively in the world.’

These are just some of the reactions to Christian McEwen’s recent packed out reading and conversation in Edinburgh based on her book World Enough & Time: on Creativity and Slowing Down. We hope to host a further event with her next June.

The Wild Walk through Two London Boroughs in September was London as I’d never seen it before. From Highgate Old Wood to the Islington Ecology Centre it was a vivid experience of trees, paths and rivers, tales of crocodile and shark fossils, soprano pipistrelles and ring-necked parakeets, a spriggan whose cobweb beard grew out of graffiti which proclaimed ‘this is for all the lost loved ones’, and, afterwards, a fruitful discussion about how to respect and express this otherness.

It was good to be part of the launch of a geopoetics network in southern England. Many thanks to Richard Meyers and Gordon Peters for organising and hosting it.

A fuller account is available here: writtenintherocks.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/a-walk-in-the-woods
Contact Gordon at gordon_peters18@hotmail.co.uk if you’d like information about future events in southern England.

Reminder: Stravaig issue 2
Submissions of essays, poems, artwork, reviews and films on the theme Coast to Coast (which can be freely interpreted) should be sent to Elizabeth Rimmer at burnedthumb@gmail.com not later than Thursday 1 November 2012.

To give you a flavour of what we’re looking for, Issue 1 on the legacy of HD Thoreau can still be read here.

Tuesday 16 October at 6 pm in the McDonald Road Library, Leith Walk, Edinburgh The launch of Gordon Peters’ poetry collection By Leaves Entwined.

This new collection with illustrations by Sandra de Matos contains lyric poems, haikus, and performance poems set in Scotland, London, Europe and Asia always with a sense of ‘poetry crosses boundaries’. Copies £5 available from Gordon at the above e-mail address.  gordonpeterspoetry.blogspot.co.uk

Friday – Sunday 28 October Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in Hawick, Scottish Borders
Alchemy screens work that in some way relates to the natural world, to landscape and to mankind’s relationship with natural forces. The Festival has a focus on high quality artistic projects and experimental short film, but also aims to mix this with thematically related feature length screenings. Creative Director Richard Ashrowan has assembled an innovative programme that includes work by Ben Rivers, Andrew Kotting and Robert Cahen, projects by Pat Law and Claire Pençak, and themes like Traversing the Wild and Wilder Moves.

Full details: www.alchemyfilmfestival.org.uk

Throughout October: River Crossings: An Exploration of River Ecology & The River Inside exhibition at the Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington.
This project focuses on the ecology of the River Tyne and includes performances by Colin Will, Rafael Torrubia and Wounded Knee. Colin Will’s collaboration with a ceramic artist involves writing and shaping haiku from a river walk, and laser-etching the results on to stones and ceramics for geo-caching.

See the gallery website here or the gallery’s own Facebook page here.

Thursday 15 November at 7.30pm at Toynbee Studios 28 Commercial Street, London E1 6AB Adrift:
Join David Buckland, Tom Chivers, Rachel Lichtenstein and Michael McKimm to consider climate change, the environment and the city in a special evening of readings and discussion. writtenintherocks.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/event-in-london-adrift/

Monday 19th November at 7pm in the Rutherford/McCowan Building, Crichton University Campus, Dumfries
The launch of Entanglements, a new anthology of environmental poetry.

The anthology includes new poems by many outstanding poets and a cover design by Douglas Robertson:  www.gla.ac.uk/media and earthlinesmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/ecopoetry-anthology-lineup-to-date/.

Friday 30 November is the deadline for the EarthLines essay competition for a piece of creative prose writing that explores the relationship between people and the natural world. www.earthlines.org.uk

Other Resources:
The Dark Mountain Project third book is now out.

arcadiaproject.net/the-woods-the-technology/ The Arcadia is a nearly 600-page North American Postmodern Pastoral Anthology bringing together seminal work in the genre of the pastoral as it has evolved into the 21st century.

Foundation for Deep Ecology is a voice for wild nature which supports efforts to protect wilderness and wildlife, promote ecological agriculture, and oppose destructive mega-technologies that are accelerating the extinction crisis.

Crossing the Threshold: explorations into our relationship with the natural world including reflections on Buddhism, eco-psychology etc.

Suggestions for other resources that may be relevant to geopoetics are most welcome, as are your thoughts on any of this Newsletter.

Membership
To develop our work of raising awareness of geopoetics we need new members and existing members to renew their annual membership (£10/£5 unwaged). If you value what we do, please send a cheque made out to the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics to Bill Taylor 7 Wellpark Terrace West, Newport-on-Tay DD6 8HU. You can also pay online by PayPal here

18. July 2012 · Comments Off on Summer Geopoetics News · Categories: Uncategorised

Our Spring Gathering with the International Futures Forum went well and has led to ongoing discussions about Nature, Creativity and Well-being. This summer is proving equally fruitful with the great news that the Big Lottery is to award £754,910 to build an Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing in which we hope to rent a work space, and my growing feeling that there is a widening community of like minds out there who are active in their own ways in the field of geopoetics. More »

02. May 2012 · Comments Off on Nature Creativity And Well-Being In Hard Times · Categories: Uncategorised

21st April The Boathouse Aberdour
Present: Jim McCarthy, Gordon Peters, Norman Bissell, Bill Eddie, Tessa Ransford, Nanon McManus, Steve Pardue, Elizabeth Rimmer, Fiona Byrne-Sutton, Angela Taylor, Bill Taylor (Scottish Centre for Geopoetics) and Mairi Heneghan, Graham Leicester and Andrew Lyon (International Futures Forum).
Jim McCarthy opened the meeting by thanking the IFF for their excellent hospitality.

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25. January 2012 · Comments Off on Welcome to 2012 · Categories: Uncategorised

A Guid New Year to you! What better way to start 2012 than by reading the first issue of our new online journal Stravaig and enjoying a stravaig through the snow with Henry Thoreau?

http://www.geopoetics.org.uk/2012/01/stravaig-geopoetics-online-journal-issue1

Henry Thoreau was an important forerunner of geopoetics, a man who had a keen perception of the world around him and who wrote about it extensively in his books and journals. He was quite a walker too (unhappy if he didn’t manage four hours a day) and so it is highly appropriate that this first issue of Stravaig (a Scots word meaning to stroll or wander) should be inspired by his work and feature four essays, many poems and images which clearly demonstrate the creative benefits of getting out of the house and going outwards.

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