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Winter tree dreams

March 7, 2018

I sit with a large winter tree. I choose this tree because they are clearly signalling me. Or perhaps it is an arbitrary decision. All I can say is that this tree is the one I sit with. Firstly, I stand facing them and enact the ‘connecting with winter trees’ poem gifted by an oak in Bala last autumn. This has become my main way of connecting with the trees in winter months as it offers the space to really…

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I eat the spider and swallow citrine

March 2, 2018

Not all forests are friendly, I should note this. On our journey south in early January we stop overnight in a French pine forest and my dreams are difficult: jarring images of a fat bronze spider worry at the edges of sleep, he winds the darkness around me with unclear intentions and so, in this dream after exhausting every avenue, I eat him. I eat the spider. I bite down on his body and swallow him whole. The trees are…

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On losing dogs, finding my heart, and Creative Wales awards.

February 14, 2018

One of our family went missing in an unfamiliar forest recently. It was a traumatic experience because he’s always come back. We called and whistled but he was gone. After nearly an hour we began the return journey to the van without him and planned to stay in the area for as long as it took to find him. Soon after that he called to me. Quite clearly. A squeeze in the chest. I’ll be back where we parted. By…

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Wylfa & the Equinox

January 2, 2018

When the call comes it is unexpected. The last decade spent tuning out of the voices of the land & trees in order to ignore the urge to respond has been exhausting, so I’ve given up on that Sisyphean task & instead am learning to follow instincts. Perhaps because I’m finally finding my voice, or because we now live in a van (but probably a mix of all these things), I feel compelled to spend time with Ynys Môn (Anglesey)…

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A New Year poem for connecting with trees

December 31, 2017

Working with the Woodland Trust on the necessary and vitally important Tree Charter has been an honour this past year. It is a beautiful reminder of how many people and organisations are out there fighting for trees. This poem was gifted by an oak tree on a visit to Bala this autumn. The trees are pretty quiet this time of year but if you find one who might like to connect please try this poem with them and let me…

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The Power of Connection (part 2)

December 14, 2017

{Notes on the second part of this visual performance poem. To be carried out a few days after part one, only once the threads from that process have faded completely.} Imagine a connection that is precious to you, a living being (person, animal, tree) something animate, something filled with life. Now think about why you love that person/animal/tree so much, ::Perhaps they hold cherished memories / or give you love / they make you feel safe:: Picture the memories &…

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Feathering The Nest

December 8, 2017

In the spring of 2017 two notable events happen. We finally take the plunge and buy the second-hand long-wheelbase hi-top Mercedes Sprinter that will become our home/office on wheels, and a pair of blackbirds appear in the evergreen climber opposite our kitchen window. Our rented house is a traditional end terrace with a long, narrow walled garden. We are not competent gardeners by any stretch of the imagination so cannot help but admire the work of the elderly gentleman who…

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