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9–10 June 2018

9–10 June 2018

Poets in Residence

In association with The Poetry School, our popular Poets in Residence scheme will be running again this year.

Carol Rowntree Jones

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Garden:
Providence Row Rooftop Garden »
Times:
Saturday 12:00-16:00
Biography:
Carol Rowntree Jones won the inaugural Overton Poetry Prize with her sequence This Is Not Normal Behaviour, published by Lamplight Press. She was poet in residence at the first South Downs Poetry Festival in 2016.

Dorothy Yamamoto

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Garden:
Calthorpe Community Garden »
Times:
Sunday 12:00-18:00
Biography:
Dorothy Yamamoto grew up in Barnet, north London, where her Japanese father and English mother settled after the war. That divided background is the source of many of her poems. She now lives in Oxford, and writes non-fiction books about animals as well as poetry. She has edited an anthology in aid of the charity Freedom from Torture, Hands & Wings, and her pamphlet, Honshū Bees (Templar Poetry), came out in spring 2018.

Elaine Baker

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Garden:
Nomura International PLC »
Times:
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:00
Biography:

Elaine Baker comes from Wantage in Oxfordshire and is an MA student at The Poetry School, London. She is a qualified teacher and works as a freelance Creative Educator. She absolutely loves inspiring and mentoring young poets at Didcot Girls’ School, where she is Patron of Writing.

Her poetry has appeared in a wide range of print and online journals and she was a Mslexia poetry finalist in 2017.

Elaine is really looking forward to the experience of being Poet in Residence at Nomura International PLC very soon!

Emma Filtness

Garden:
Red Cross Garden »
Times:
Saturday 12:00-16:00

John Canfield

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Garden:
Barbican Wildlife Garden, Fann Street »
Times:
Saturday 10:00-16:00, Sunday 12:00-16:00

Louise Adam

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Garden:
Jamyang Buddhist Centre »
Times:
Saturday 10:00-16:00
Biography:

Louise Adams did an MA in Arts and Environment from Manchester’s Metropolitan University in 2003, following which she spent time in Residence at Lothlorien Community and Samye Ling Buddhist Community.  Louise was Poet in Residence for OGSW 2017 at Sellincourt Primary School Edible Garden.

Louise returned to London to volunteer at Jamyang Buddhist Centre where she also had an exhibition of photographic works.

Planned Activity:
Phil Wood is a writer who has worked with homeless people and believes trees should count as Facebook friends.

Philip Wood

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Garden:
Gainsborough Gardens »
Times:
Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:00
Biography:
Phil Wood is a writer who has worked with homeless people and believes trees should count as Facebook friends.

Selina Rodrigues

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Garden:
King Henry's Walk Garden »
Biography:

"Where have you come from? where are you going?" Selina asked in Open Gardens last year and people shared their stories of loss and renewal.

Gardenless, Selina is inspired by mash-up London and all its open spaces. She is a writer who also performs and gives readings, most recently as part of the European Poetry Festival 2018.

Selina is of mixed Indian parentage and was raised on a council estate. She has written a series of poems about work-life and another on the experiences of black and Asian people, now growing older in England and her work has appeared in numerous journals.

The following lines were written anonymously by visitors to an Open Garden last year.

The grasses move, even without wind.
I have lived here all my life,
in our troubled city, I hope for something to rise
from ashes, for roses to be purpler.