Submit to ‘Beneath The Boughs’ (March)

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Welcome to the second of our monthly calls for submissions for Beneath The Boughs. February’s call for poems yielded some great results, and we’d love to continue receiving your fantastic poetry for our upcoming summer exhibition, ‘Beneath The Boughs’. (The exhibition will run from July 19th to September 9th 2013. Read more about the project here.)

For a chance to be involved in the exhibition, and to have your work displayed in the beautiful historic gardens of Lowther Castle, send us your poem(s) inspired by the above photo, and the theme of REMNANTS.

Please ensure that we receive your submission(s) by the deadline of 23:59, Sunday 1st March, 2013.

For information on how to submit, as well as submission guidelines, click here.

(If you really aren’t inspired by this theme and photo, then you can also send us a poem inspired by one of the pictures in our insipration gallery. Remember, the same guidelines and deadline apply.)

And keep your eyes peeled. There’ll be a new prompt here in April!

(Although we are posting new monthly poetry prompts for the exhibition until June, the earlier you send in your work, the more chance you have of getting it displayed, so don’t dawdle too long! Looking forward to seeing your work.)

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Submit to ‘Beneath The Boughs’! (February)

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For the next few months, we will be posting monthly poetry prompts based on our upcoming summer exhibition, ‘Beneath The Boughs’. (The exhibition will run from July 19th to September 9th 2013. Read more about the project here.)

For a chance to be involved in the exhibition, and to have your work displayed in the beautiful historic gardens of Lowther Castle, send us your poem(s) inspired by the William Henry Davies poem, ‘Leisure’ (at the bottom of the page).

Please ensure that we receive your submission(s) by the deadline of 23:59, Thursday 28th February, 2013.

For information on how to submit, as well as submission guidelines, click here.

(If you really aren’t inspired by the poem below, then you can also send us a poem inspired by one of the pictures in our insipration gallery. Remember, the same guidelines and deadline apply.)

And keep your eyes peeled. There’ll be a new prompt here in March!

LEISURE, by William Henry Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

‘Beneath The Boughs’: Inspiration Gallery

Fancy writing for ‘Beneath The Boughs‘ – our summer exhibition in the beautiful historic setting of Lowther Castle Gardens? We’re looking for poems inspired by the gardens, or that fit in with the feel of the gardens.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t get yourself there to write in situ. We’re bringing the gardens to you, with the gallery below. Have a browse, and let something spark your imagination!

(Don’t forget – although many of these photos feature a snowy landscape, the exhibition itself will take place over the summer, from July 19th – September 9th 2013.)

Still stuck for something to write? Check out our current monthly prompt to spark some more ideas here.

Or why not check out Lowther Castle’s own photos on their facebook page, here?

Click here for rules on length, and to submit your work.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lowther Castle: ‘Beneath The Boughs’

Been wondering what all our teaser posts were leading up to? Has your quill been itching to get words on the page, or your fingers hovering impatiently over the keyboard? Have no fear – the announcement is finally here:

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Beneath The Boughs is an exhibition of new poetry, running at Lowther Castle & Gardens, Cumbria, from July 19th – September 9th 2013.

As with any exhibition, we need something to exhibit. This is where you come in. Yes, that’s right: YOU. We’ll be updating the site with monthly prompts, as well as quotations and photographs to spark that inspiration. We will add more information about submitting work in the very near future.

The ruined gardens at Lowther are really unique. They lie in the grounds of a ruined castle, in an idyllic pastoral landscape unchanged for hundreds of years. Around every corner is something to discover, whether that’s a tree swing, a wooden summerhouse, or a stunning view across the valley. And in summer 2013, there’ll be an extra thing to add to the list of discoveries: poetry.

Stay tuned for more information as we prepare for the big event! Follow us on facebook or twitter, and sign up to our mailing list (by clicking the ‘Follow’ button on the right) to stay in the loop.

LEISURE, by William Henry Davies

WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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I make no promises, but this MAY be the final teaser before our big announcement. Keep your eyes peeled…

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Since posting the first teaser for our summer projects, we’ve already announced our Poets in Residence project at Theatre by the Lake. And yet there’s more to come…

The announcement of another (very exciting!) big [insert text here] project will be making its way to your screens very very soon now. In the meantime, here’s a little clue:

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Still can’t wait until the big announcement? Here’s a photo of one of your loving staff members in a planning meeting for the project:

Teaser…

News about our big summer event coming very soon!

Keep up to date by joining us on facebook, following us on twitter, and signing up to our mailing list (click the ‘Follow’ button on the right).

In the meantime, keep writing! We’ll be asking for those submissions very shortly…

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Snow-writing, January 2013