Urban Tree festival 2023 free creative writing workshop

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2022-12-04 17:00
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Joanna Wolfarth and M. L. Grieve, winners of the 2022 Festival writing competition, invite you to a free online creative writing workshop to inspire you to submit written pieces in the Urban Tree festival 2023 writing competition. The competition will be launched at the workshop. Regrettably both Joanna and Michele are unwell, however, our colleague and poet Geert Vermeire has kindly stepped in to assist in running the workshop.

Joanna and Michele were tasked with coming up with the theme for the competition and chose “Secrets of The Trees” – they will also make this theme central to this hour long creative writing workshop.

Secrets of The Trees

Our urban trees have stood central to the story of urban development and urban living for centuries. What human stories have they witnessed? Time to give the urban trees a voice!

How has the urban population relied upon them both practically and spiritually?
What do these trees represent to a variety of cultures?

What can our trees reveal about global connections and histories? 

How do our trees help us find a sense of belonging in our urban environment?
What personal stories feature your urban trees? (Maybe you proposed under a tree, took your baby out for their first walk…etc)
What possibilities do urban trees provide for our future? 

We at walk · listen · create are delighted to be hosting the submission process for the Urban Tree festival 2023 writing competition.

Find out more about the competition here.

Download an illustrated guide to making submissions here.

Find out more about the Urban Tree Festival here.

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The Urban Tree Festival is a volunteer-led festival begun in 2018 co-founded by Peter Coles, Paul Wood, Mel Sutton and Andrew Stuck, and runs annually in May. It is funded through the generosity of festival-goers, and has received support from CPRE London, the Mayor of London, Trees for Cities, and The Woodland Trust. 2023's festival will run 13-21 May and the programme curator will be Neil Sinden (formerly Director of CPRE London).

Joanna Wolfarth

Joanna Wolfarth

Joanna Wolfarth is an art historian, lecturer and writer. Her first book, "MILK: An Intimate History of Breastfeeding" will be published in early 2023 by W&N. She currently teaches art history at The Open University, having previously been V...

M. L. Grieve

M. L. Grieve

M. L. Grieve; poet, writer, tree seer. Her first drafts written within the ancient forests of Hertfordshire; she’s currently collating her first collection. Urban Tree Festival 2022/3 Writer in residence.

Geert Vermeire

Geert Vermeire

Founder Online Jury 2022 Online Jury 2023

Geert Vermeire is a curator, poet and artist, moving constantly between Greece, Portugal and Brazil, with a focus on spatial writing, locative sound & performance and social practices. He develops collaborative processes, departing from the ethical in...

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