Mud, Poetry and Printmaking

Mud, Poetry and Printmaking

Sun 31 July 2011

4.00 pm — 5.30 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Patrick Geddes Room, John Hope Gateway
Free, but booking essential
Booking essential. Email Elinor Gallant ( to book your place

Artist Carry Akroyd talks about the inspiration of John Clare’s words and vision.

Painter and printmaker Carry Akroyd was making images recording a decade of huge agricultural change when she discovered the poetry of John Clare. She was startled by the parallel between her experiences and those of the nineteenth century ‘peasant poet’. Briefly famous, for having the audacity to be a successful poet from a background of illiterate rural poverty, Clare almost disappeared from the literary canon. He was retrieved by dedicated twentieth century poets like Edmund Blunden, and now stands as a poet for our time, a champion for the natural world.

Using her own images as illustrations, and his poetry as an emotional reference point, the theme of landscape change and its concomitant effect on wildlife is developed.

Presented in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED, but please do visit the exhibition, which runs until 4 September:

This event coincides with the current exhibition 'Found in the Fields: Lithographs and Linocuts by Carry Akroyd with Poems by John Clare'

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