What happens when we engage with nature? How do local wildlife and green spaces shape us – and how do we shape them? Can we reverse environmental damage – and can poetry play a role? Watch Clare Shaw perform new poems inspired by her time as Carbon Landscape Poet in Residence for Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Manchester Literature Festival earlier this year. Clare will read her work on location, followed by a conversation with fellow poet Helen Mort about the main themes illuminated through Clare’s poetry, including the healing of post-industrial landscapes, and their own recent experiences of finding solace and recovery in green spaces.
Clare is the author of three poetry collections – Straight Ahead, Head On and Flood. Her fourth collection Towards a General Theory of Love was awarded a Northern Writer’s Award and will be published by Bloodaxe in 2022. Earlier this year, she presented and co-wrote Ways to Weather the Storm on Radio Four, examining how creativity and art helped the Hebden Bridge community to live with the impact of repeated flooding.
This event is presented in partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust