Posts by mandyross

Tree Whisperer for Ledbury Poetry Festival

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Tree Whisperer for Ledbury Poetry Festival

As tree-whisperer-in-residence for Ledbury Poetry Festival, I feel my mind (and heart) expanding as I’ve been listening to the trees. In these strange times of self-isolation and anxiety – writing as the trees are greening outdoors for this unprecedented spring – they remain our constant and sturdy companions, out of our windows, in memories, or in our mind’s eye. Please follow the link to read others’ and submit your own poems about trees. Posting mine below, ‘What We Know’. We’re looking forward to reading and sharing the poems submitted, and further ahead, to gatherings in Queenswood Country Park and in Ledbury, perhaps...

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Do more of what makes you happy

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Do more of what makes you happy

I was stitching text. I like text. I like stitching. I was happy. Then I spilt red wine over my stitching. I WAS NOT HAPPY. But looking again, I saw the fluid splashy shapes looked like a map – of islands in the wine-dark sea? I stitched the splashes. I was happy again, happier than before in...

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Echo Eternal update: standing together

Posted by on Feb 10, 2020 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Echo Eternal update: standing together

Echo Eternal continues to involve young people of all faiths and none in making a creative and heartfelt response to survivors’ testimonies from the Holocaust and other genocides, this year including Srebrenica and Rwanda. I worked with students at Arena Academy, Perry Barr and Finham Park, Coventry to write these powerful pieces: ‘The Void’, and ‘Standing Together’ (below). They were beautifully  presented at Echo Eternal Horizons for Holocaust Memorial Day in January.   The Void  It’s full of emptiness and absence. The void. Millions murdered. All their dreams snatched, And all their children’s, and their children’s children, stolen away...

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Return to Nature with BTFL

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Return to Nature with BTFL

It was a real pleasure working with Birmingham Trees for Life at the Return to Nature festival in Holders Woods in Sept 2019. Lots of people contributed tree memories to our collective poem (it grew nearly as tall as me!) ‘Nana’s apple tree, a worm in every apple. Maybe Grandad will make cider.’ ‘My mother lies beneath a beautiful carob tree. My father visited her there often. ‘I couldn’t have found a better place,’ he said.’ Here we are performing it, with a join-in chorus. Click here to read the edited poem, Trees Join Earth and...

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Poetry postcard

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in News and Projects | 0 comments

Poetry postcard

Very proud to have a poem chosen for Poetry on Loan‘s new series of postcards. The theme this year was Anniversaries. Arts Council funding for eight new poem-postcards distributed free in libraries right across the West Midlands, reaching for poetry fans as well as people who might not read much poetry. It was fun making the words orbit in infinite...

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