Writing the Woods: Genus & Species and Elizabeth Taylor’s Diamond Ring

What a bucolic Solstice, sitting in the dappled shade, inventing our own genus and species.
Claire Collison Writing the Woods workshopIMG_0315
We tried to nail the sounds, and to explain cow parsley to an alien.
We went into the woods, charting our history through lists of trees
We saw the wood for the trees, and the trees for the wood.
We went home happy, with new words and midge bites the size of small planets.
 More pics and words on WRITING THE WOODS page.
Please feel free to sign and share the petition to save Southwark Woods to make it a 100 acre nature reserve to protect the memorials and unmarked graves of 300,000 paupers and the rich biodiverse natural habitats:

About claire collison

Writer, photographer, creative facilitator, and breast cancer survivor, I am currently Artist in Residence at the Women's Art Library (WAL) My first novel was a finalist in the Dundee Book Prize, and my short stories and poetry have appeared in print and online. In 2015 I was awarded second place in the inaugural Resurgence Prize, the world's first eco poetry competition, judged by Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. This blog began as a space for words generated on my walking/writing workshops at the Mary Ward centre in Bloomsbury - Writing the City (WTC). WTC has since grown to include many other venues, including the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Barbican, the River Rom, Southwark Woods, Aylesbury Estate, and most recently, as part of Walking Women festival, An Intimate Tour of Breasts. I have worked with Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, as the recipient of the first Max Reinhardt Literacy Award, designing teaching resources; and for The Photographers' Gallery, helping school children develop visual literacy as part of 'Seeing More Things'. If you would like me to design a workshop or walk for you, please be in touch!
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