Urban nature poetry walk with Caleb Parkin

Price
£35 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs
Age restrictions
16+
Student prices also available

What you'll do

When we think of Nature, we think of the countryside, wilderness. But Bristol exists within nature too and all cities are ‘more than human’.

Poetry is a great way to connect to the urban wildlife around us – and not just the pretty stuff. How do we find affection for the gulls? Can we vibe with the lichen? Respect the rats, even? There's only one way to find out...

In this experience, across a tour of selected sites, you’ll explore what’s already wild about Bristol, through a selection of performed poems. Some of these will spark your own writing, in gentle and playful activities which writers of all experience levels can enjoy. Your host Caleb, the third Bristol City Poet, will be on-hand for writing tips or questions.

Connecting with our more-than-human city is good creatively, but also great for our wellbeing. These poetry activities will encourage close observation, awareness of your own personal resources, finding connections between and beyond people, and celebrating your unique voice. Step away feeling more confident in your writing skills, with a deeper appreciation for this wonderful city.

Come individually or with friends, there’ll be opportunities to connect with others throughout your writing or process, but never any pressure to share.

Upcoming dates

What you'll do

When we think of Nature, we think of the countryside, wilderness. But Bristol exists within nature too and all cities are ‘more than human’.

Poetry is a great way to connect to the urban wildlife around us – and not just the pretty stuff. How do we find affection for the gulls? Can we vibe with the lichen? Respect the rats, even? There's only one way to find out...

In this experience, across a tour of selected sites, you’ll explore what’s already wild about Bristol, through a selection of performed poems. Some of these will spark your own writing, in gentle and playful activities which writers of all experience levels can enjoy. Your host Caleb, the third Bristol City Poet, will be on-hand for writing tips or questions.

Connecting with our more-than-human city is good creatively, but also great for our wellbeing. These poetry activities will encourage close observation, awareness of your own personal resources, finding connections between and beyond people, and celebrating your unique voice. Step away feeling more confident in your writing skills, with a deeper appreciation for this wonderful city.

Come individually or with friends, there’ll be opportunities to connect with others throughout your writing or process, but never any pressure to share.

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Facilities

  • Outdoors

COVID-19 guidelines

Activities will take place outside, weather permitting. We'll stand and talk at an appropriate distance, and encourage regular hand sanitisation.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 30 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 30 days before your experience.

About Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin is a day-glo queero techno eco poet & facilitator. He's the third Bristol City Poet. Caleb’s published widely in magazines, journals, and through commissioned poems. He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School and First Story. He also holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Enjoyable, accessible and energising, his workshops have taken place in schools, museums, care homes, science centres and festival yurts. His debut pamphlet, 'Wasted Rainbow' is published with tall-lighthouse in February 2021 and his debut collection, 'This Fruiting Body', with Nine Arches in October 2021.

Your host

Caleb Parkin

Caleb Parkin is a day-glo queero techno eco poet & facilitator and the third Bristol City Poet. Caleb's sessions are playful, safe and inclusive - meeting you where you are creatively and personally.

He previously worked in BBC TV and Radio production, as a teacher and Senior Inclusion Worker. Alongside poetry, he's also a film-watcher, radio-listener, dog-lover, bike-rider, former-boater, plate-spinner, placard-waver, leaflet-giver, patterned-shirt-wearer, sometimes-dancer, errant-giggler and frequent-chatterer. He lives in a human-canine pack in suburban Bristol, where he attempts to lure birdlife via increasingly elaborate feeders.

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Price
£35 / Adult
Duration
2 hrs
Age restriction
16+
Rebook or cancel up to 30 days before your experience.