Eco-poetry course at Knepp Wildland

Please join us for our second eco-poetry writing course at the pioneering and beautiful Knepp Wildland near Horsham, West Sussex.

This 6 week course will start on Saturday, 2nd May with a Walking Safari led by one of Knepp’s expert ecologists, and will continue on Wednesday evenings, with exciting individual and collaborative writing exercises both inside and outside.

Since early 2018, Kay Syrad & Clare Whistler have led courses at ONCA arts centre in Brighton, Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and Sussex Wildlife Trust at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Our eco-poetry series ‘Changing Everything Carefully’* is based on an historical and international range of poetry and creative ideas about how we can reckon with the current eco-challenges that we face.
All welcome.

Knepp Wildland is a pioneering wilded estate owned by Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree, who has written a beautiful and illuminating account of the long process of transforming their farmland in the award-winning book, WILDING. For more information about Knepp, see

The course starts at 9am on Saturday 2nd May, 2020 with a whole day event that will include an overview of the course, a walking safari, lunch, poetry, discussion and writing. We will then meet weekly in the early evening (6-9pm) from Weds 13th May for five weeks, finishing 10th June.

£190, to include the cost of the safari.Book with Eventbrite:

Knepp Wildland is about 20 minutes’ from Horsham Station, and 30 minutes from Brighton by car. We may be able to organise lifts from Horsham station.

* e.e. cummings, from ‘Spring is like a perhaps hand’
in 100 Selected Poems, Grove Press, 1954


‘I really appreciated the fun and playful approach you brought, the creativity and good humour […]

A ‘wonderfully inspiring and mind-opening course. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of it and it has given me something to truly look forward to and feel optimistic about each week’.