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somewhere-nowhere A collaborative practice with photgrapher Rob Fraser. Inspired by the natural world: exploration, documentaries, exhibitions. somewhere-nowhere.com

 

The Long View Trees: walking to trees, discovering their stories and the stories of the land around them. A somewhere-nowhere project focusing on seven spectacular trees in the Lake District and extending to cities across the UK. thelongview.today

 

Land Keepers A documentary of upland farming in Cumbria in collaboration with photographer Rob Faser. Touring exhibition: Cockermouth, Grasmere, Kendal, Hawkshead, London.

 

Poetry in the Land Open Fell Poetry - setting words into the landscape, drawing on cultural traditions with hill farming in Cumbria: e.g. poems on sheep, poems on rosettes and working with trees.

 

Poet in the Meadow - Summer in the meadows of the Borrowdale Valley  beyond Kendal, in Cumbria. Poetry, walking poetry events and a celebration, with Friends of the Lake District. www.landscript.co.uk.

 

Barrow Love Project A Heritage Lottery funded project with Dare Projects, gathering stories of the lives and loves of women in Barrow across the generations. We meet in a specially designed Red Tent and where it's more practical, in community locations, and bring generations of women together. www.barrowloveproject.co.uk

 

Poetry and Art for people living with dementia  I run regular groups for people who have a dementia, and their carers, working alongside visual artists sharing poetry, spoken word, story making and hands-on art. This began as part of my engagement work with The Wordsworth Trust.

 

Art on Tour Adding creative writing to the tour of artwork from the  collection at Lakeland Arts Trust.

 

What our mothers never told us Bringing women together to explore stories, hopes and regrets. With the support of Lantern House International and Arts Council England.

 

In schools. I have worked with schools across Cumbria over the last ten years creating comics, school magazines, books etc. I'm a member of Artslink with Creative Futures Cumbria.

 

 

Open Fell Poetics and a Shepherd's Almanac

 

After more than two years in the making, a great deal of time alongside farmers as well as at my desk, I am completing an almanac and a collection of poetry reflecting a year in upland farming in Cumbria, for a master's degree (by research): in Creative Writing. I have been awarded the Cairncross McRae Scholarship at the University of Glasgow's Solway Centre for Environment & Culture.  

 

Samples:

 

Michael      Clouting the twinters

 

The Long View Poems

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