Gerry Loose - Poet In Residence at Dawyck Botanic Garden

Tues 17 — Mon 30 Sept 2013

11.00 am
Dawyck Botanic Garden (find us)
Ask at the visitor centre for precise location
Free with Garden admission
No booking required

Poet Gerry Loose will be in residence at Dawyck Botanic Garden throughout much of September (1st to 7th inclusive and 17th to 30th inclusive, not 6th or 22nd) with a range of wonderful poetry related activities for all interests and ages. Please find the programme below and have a look at his blog here

Gerry has worked in agriculture as well as editing, designing and creating gardens and poetry, and he has lived also in England, Ireland, Spain and, briefly, in Morocco.  He says his poetry is as likely to appear in his gardens – and ungardened landscapes – as it is on the page.  He has made several films and staged his own plays and art exhibitions. He has also worked with the Botanic Gardens in Kyoto and his ‘Seed Catalogue’ exhibition and book gave him access to gardens round the world, from New Zealand to Siberia.

Tuesday 17th  11am Knitting poems. (café/gazebo)
  3pm -5pm Borders Poems; readings and discussions of traditional Borders poetry.
Wednesday 18t  11am  Walk to Cryptogamic Sanctuary; poems and discussions at Chalet and on route
  3pm -5pm Drop in session
Thursday 19th  11am  Walk to Native Scots Pine Wood poetry and discussions on “What is native”
  3pm -5pm Drop in session
Friday 20th   Bestiary: The Day of Imaginary plants, beasts and birds
Saturday 21st 11am Walk along the David Douglas Trail, more poetry from Turtle Island
  3pm -5pm Poetry workshop: Cultivated / Wild
Monday 23rd 11am Knitting poems
  3pm -5pm Drop in session
Tuesday 24th  11am  Seasonal walk; poems of autumn: colours, scents and poems
  3pm -5pm Making autumn poems (drop in)
Wednesday 25th   Insect Day:  Making and reading poems, discussion, drop in – all concerning insects of the Garden
Thursday 26th 11am  Plants Speaking: making poems from a plant’s point of view
  3pm -5pm Drop in session
Friday 27th  11am tbc  Flag Day: getting poems hoisted: on trees, bushes, ropes.  Knitted, woven, sewn, written and painted.
Saturday 28th  11am  Walk along the David Douglas Trail, poetry from Turtle Island
  3pm -5pm Poetry workshop: How plants travel
Sunday 29th 11am Making poems on birdlife, folded into origami birds and hung from adjacent tree
  3pm -5pm Drop in session (café/gazebo)
Monday 30th 11am Renga Poetry:  join a collaborative poem-making session based on the ancient Japanese art of poetry of love, the seasons, wildlife and plants.And farewell!

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