A solar tree, produced by sculptor John Packer for Demand Energy Equality in Brislington, Bristol, makes for a beautiful and useful tautology of itself. All trees are solar, surely? But not all energy is tree-shaped, with branches split and rooted in a commitment to grow vegetables and cups of tea and communities. But mostly, Bristol’s first solar tree serves to remind us lunar humans how much power we already have. And apparently, Bristol is getting a second solar tree this year! On our way to a solar forest.
Next Tuesday, I begin teaching Arboretum: Creative Writing at Royal West of England Academy, a gallery-based course suitable for new and experienced poets and short fiction writers, as well as artists with text-based practices. I’m being joined by three incredible guest tutors, poet Rachael Boast, short fiction writer Tania Hershman and art writer Rowan Lear who will each be hosting one seminar each. There are still a few spaces left, so book! book! book! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 973 5129 between Tuesday- Friday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.
Creative Writing at RWA
6.30 – 8.30pm
13th, 20th, 27th January;
3rd, 10th, 24th February;
and 3 March
£70 full price
As I prepare to set off into the woods, I will be sharing some of the works from both Arboretum and Edge of a Wood that will be featured in the course, starting with this scene from the forest floor: the main exhibition room, sprouting a line of new, moon-white trees:
Both Arboretum and Edge of a Wood are open until the 8th March and tickets are charged at £5/£3.50 concessions. Free for University of Bristol and University of West England students, as well as under-16s.