Tree Whisperer for Ledbury Poetry Festival

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 under autumnal branches, for writing workshops and to read our tree poems aloud together.

And wow – only a few weeks of lockdown later – what an amazing forest of poems has budded and leafed in response! So many individual roots, shoots and seeds, species and memories of trees, our constant, wordless companions in the city and the wild. Elgar wrote, ‘the trees are singing my music – or have I sung theirs?’