We are pleased to be involved in this year’s Chelsea Fringe. Inspired by the tradition of the Troubadours, or travelling story tellers, we have teamed up with The Poetry Society, and will be creating a Pop-Up Poetry Garden, to travel to a series of key places in Kent and London between May 18th and 27th 2013, starting in Canterbury and finishing in Potters Field Park by Tower Bridge in London on May 28th.
For me, words and gardens go hand-in-hand and a love of one often inspires a love of the other. These two most fundamentally important things can stretch from being able to grow things to eat, and being able to read and write, to being able to express one self and create places and poems of great beauty and feeling. We know that literacy is key to getting young adults into work and getting offenders back into society, and so we will be raising awareness of these issues as we visit places that have inspired poets or gardeners or both.
At each resting place we will host performances by poets and poetry lovers who share our love of gardens and nature. We will also be running Word Workshops; a fun way to involve people in expressing their responses to the world around them.
Our garden will consist of an ornately planted vintage Land Rover Defender and a horse box trailer converted into a poetry haven. In front of this there be a small garden with a performance space for our poets and rugs for people to listen on. There is a concept sketch of the garden below.
We will also be collecting and displaying an anthology of Poetry for Garden Lovers, which we will publish to raise funds for the Shannon Trust’s Toe by Toe scheme and Garden Organic’s Master Gardeners’ new venture to teach prisoners to garden.
We have just started contacting people and have had a wonderfully generous response already.