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Immersive Poetry Workshop at Ban Y Gor - Field Cottage
Immersive Poetry Workshop at Ban Y Gor
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Date(s) - May 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ban-y-Gor Nature Reserve


Join poet and creative writing teacher Billy Head for an immersive poetry workshop in the heart of Gloucestershire’s natural beauty

To coincide with GWT’s Poetry Competition, we are running poetry workshops at a small handful of our reserves in May and June.

For this immersive workshop, Billy will accompany you on a quiet journey through Ban Y Gor reserve. You will reflect on your own relationship with the natural world and explore how the simplest of experiences in your surroundings can be the starting point for a poem. Open to all (much or no experience of writing poetry are equally fine!). Tasks are designed so that attendees feel under no particular pressure.

You can sign up for just one immersive workshop. With no more than 10 people per group, you and other attendees will work closely alongside Billy. The session lasts 2 hours and is £30 per person. Refreshments at the end are included.

Ban-y-Gor nature reserve is a secluded and mystical woodland with large ancient coppice and pollards carpeted with ferns and mosses. A single path descends via a small glade towards the River Wye.


Billy grew up in the Stroud valleys but has spent much of his adult life in Antananarivo, Madagascar. He is currently finishing work on a full-length poetry collection and on a creative writing PhD at the University of East Anglia, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He has run creative writing courses for many years at the University of Antananarivo, specialising in outdoor workshops. Billy is also now involved in a number of collaborative projects aimed at helping people feel a stronger connection to the natural world and its plight. We’re thrilled to be teaming up with him at GWT.