Branching Out : Collaborations with Trees (Dartington, 21st-24th June 2019)

A Short Course with Alex Metcalf & Camilla Nelson

Branching Out explores sound, movement, mark- and language-making exercises with trees to open new dimensions in your creative practice. We will expand your awareness of what human and tree bodies are and do – in and of themselves and in relation to each other – in order to develop new ideas and forms of creative expression with trees. After introducing you to a range of tree-listening, language, mark-making, sound, installation and performance techniques we will invite you to combine two or three methods to trial solo/collaborative works and ideas for sharing and discussion. The aim of these three days is to support you to deepen and broaden your understanding of how trees work and your relationship with them through a creative being-with-trees. Read more…

Apple Tree Writing Workshops

These workshops are a playful invitation to explore human-apple tree relations using a range of creative techniques including sensory mapping, writing and mark-making, sound and movement. Ideally these workshopswork as a two part follow up: one session in late June/early July when the apples can be written into and one in late September once the apples have fully ripened and the words have grown to their full extent.

These workshops can be tailored to work for schools, artists and university students (undergrad & postrgrad).


Radical Landscape Writing

These sessions offer a chance to explore sound, movement, mark- and language-making exercises in the landscape with a view to developing new solo or collaborative work, or simply to extend your existing practice. How do we express ourselves in the landscape? How does the landscape express itself in us? This workshop introduces a variety of movement, sound, and mark-making techniques as part of a poetic investigation into our relationship with landscape. The aim is to expand our awareness of what our body is and does in relation to that which we consider natural, to develop new ideas and forms of expression. The emphasis is multi-sensory and multi-media, working with language, installation and performance to create two- and three-dimensional works. 

These workshops are for performers, artists, dancers and writers as creative practitioners and university students.



This workshop offers a more indoor engagement with methods of writing that engage with ecological issues and environmentally-engaged composional techniques. The session outlines the development of ecopoetics in contemporary and historical poetry, introducing work by a range of poets and artists. Workshop methods include the use of cut-up, collage, automatic writing, sensory imagining, erasure and found text.

This workshop is primarily aimed at poets and writers as creative practitioners and university students. It can be run as a beginners introduction or for emerging and establish writers wishing to diversify their practice.

A school version of this workshop, designed to engage children with ecological issues through poetry-making, has been succesfully run with groups of children ranging from 4-14 yrs old e.g. Tree Book for LEAF in 2013.


Reading Movement: An Introduction to Somatic Poetics workshops use techniques developed during the creation of Reading Movement - a 30 minute movement language piece that physically and sonically disrupts, extends and transforms the act of reading - to foster a similarly sonic and embodied engagement with language in workshop participants. These sessions introduce a range of movement and sonic techniques to explore the sounding, moving body’s relationship to spoken and written text. Methods include guided sound and movement warm-up exercises and improvisation, mark-making, hand-writing, automatic writing, printed and projected text, cut up and collage, simple bookmaking and paper arranging methods.

These workshops are for performers, artists, dancers and writers as creative practitioners and university students.


Poem Factory workshops highlight the work of the body in producing and consuming language, playfully exploring the power dynamics of language creation in relation to the controlled working systems of a factory. This workshop offers the chance to explore movement and language –making techniques in relation to ideas of work and labour. Poem Factory uses a human factory production line to highlight the parallels between environments of work and labour and our role as producers and consumers in the chain of language production. Who is the producer? Who is the consumer? Who makes the rules and how can we break them? This workshop inducts participants into the Poem Factory workforce, inviting them to take part in a performance of Poem Factory before encouraging you to co-opt the Poem Factory processes to your own ends. How can we “take back control” of our language? How can we jam the mechanism and redefine the workings of the machine? Here’s how!

This workshop is aimed at performers, artists, dancers and writers as creative practitioners and university students.


An Introduction to Concrete Poetry outlines a brief history of Modernist experimental techniques employed in Dadaism, Futurism, Surrealism, Cubism, Lettrisme and Symbolism and how these infused the British, Canadian and South American Concrete poetries of the 50's, 60's and 70's before gesturing towards how this experiment has been developed in contemporary book, sound and digital poetics. This workshop provides historical context alongside practical methods to help you develop your own Concrete poetries.

This workshop is aimed at poets, writers, creative practitioners and university students.


An Introduction to Small Press Publishing outlines a brief history of twentieth century small press publishing with references to more recent work by Wild Hawthorn Press, Moschatel Press, Coracle, Uniform Books, Longbarrow Press, Guillemot Press, seekers of lice, Corbel Stone Press and Singing Apple Press among others. This workshop includes an introduction to simple bookmaking and letterpress printing methods. Participants are supported to create their own small book works as part of the session.

This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in small press bookwork, writers, artists and university students.