Beneath The Boughs: Teaser Trailer

As I’m sure you’re all aware, there isn’t long to go until Beneath The Boughs goes live!

The exhibition officially opens on July 19th, which is less than a month away (although there’s still time for any poets out there to send in a last-minute submission).

So we thought we’d treat you to a little teaser:


‘winter trees’, by Adrian Rogan features in Beneath The Boughs. To see more amazing poems, come along to the exhibition itself. Details here.

Adrian Rogan: lives on the edge of cumbria, occasionally falls off, writes stories and poetry; currently into Dorothy Wordsworth and Saint-Exupery; likes snow.

Call-out for Young Cumbrian Photographer

Don’t forget, we’re looking for a young Cumbrian photographer to get involved with Beneath The Boughs, our summer poetry installation at Lowther Castle & Gardens in Cumbria.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Check out the details here:

You have until May 31st to apply!

BTB Photography poster



Yes, that’s right. We’re searching for a young photographer to take beautiful pictures of Beneath The Boughs, in return for membership to Lowther Castle & Gardens.

Beneath The Boughs is an Arts Council funded poetry exhibition, which will take place from July 19th to September 9th 2013, in the beautiful historic grounds of Lowther Castle in Cumbria. This opportunity not only gives the winning photographer free membership to Lowther Castle & Gardens, but also the chance to get their photos seen on the [insert text here] website, and to be a key part of an Arts Council funded project.

The photographer in question must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25
  • Be based in Cumbria (if you’re a student elsewhere, that’s fine, as long as you’re back in Cumbria over the summer)
  • Have their own means of transport for getting to Lowther Castle
  • Be available to help set up and take down the exhibition (and of course to take photos of the process) during the weeks 15th-18th July 2013, and 10th-13th September 2013 (NB: The photographer should only be required for one day during each of these weeks. Unfortunately, confirmation of which two days will not be possible until nearer the time, due to the unpredictability of Cumbrian weather)
  • Be available to take a couple of independent trips to Lowther Castle during the course of the exhibition. Entry to the Castle Gardens and exhibition will be covered by your free membership. However, transport must be arranged by the photographer.

If you’re interested, please email us with the subject heading ‘Lowther Photography‘: up to 3 examples of your work (preferably on the themes of art / nature, although this is not compulsory); your name; your date of birth; and a brief bio (under 70 words).

Emails to:


By entering this opportunity, you are confirming that you fulfil the above criteria. Failure to comply with the listed criteria may result in disqualification.

The rights to the photos taken as part of the project will of course remain with the photographer. However, if chosen, you are giving [insert text here] the right to use those photos on our website and associated media (e.g. facebook and twitter).


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Cafe Poet: Elizabeth Mann

Have no fear, folks! We’re still featuring some of our fabulous Cafe Poets on the site. (For the full list of poets, check out here.)


Featured Cafe Poet: Elizabeth Mann


have sipped the salt-brink,
lived its pitch and precipice.
On my desk they sit domestic
as crockery. Inside I hear whispers
of grit, but little else. There is no
softness left, only the perfect
swerve of their orbits. Yet once
way out in the wild and wet
they rode the tide, brim-full of flesh


Raised in Peterborough, Elizabeth later fell head-over-heels in love with poetry when she lived in Durham castle. She’s now in St Andrews doing the MLitt in Creative Writing and eating copious amounts of baked goods. Elizabeth is also the newest member of the [insert text here] staff.

Cafe Poetry: the Poster!

Not long now!

Our Cafe Poetry event goes live in less than a week. Check out the poster for it here (courtesy of our very own Lizzie Mann): Bibi’s poster

Still want to submit a poem? Never fear! You still have until Friday to send us your masterpieces.

Check out here for more info on how to submit.

Looking for inspiration?

Thinking of submitting to our Cafe Poetry venture, but not quite sure what to write about?

No worries! As always, we’re here to help.

Back in August, we posted some information about poetry prompts, to help kick-start your writing. You can check that out here:

Or feel free to browse our general back catalogue of poetry related quotations to help you on your way.

Failing that, you can always read through the [insert text here] zine, Dawn Killing Darkness, or take a look at some of the other poems on our site, here:

Still stuck? Here’s a picture of a squirrel to help you on your way.


To find out more about our Cafe Poetry project, and how you can get involved, click here:

The Carriage

Web comic from – just a bit of poetry-related fun:

More poetry-related cartoons here:

This also from xkcd here:

Poetry Cartoons

In a moment of boredom, I typed ‘poetry’ into Google images. Among the results was an abundance of the much-expected photos of fountain pens and loopy handwriting, along with plenty of pictures of famous (and not so famous) poets.

However, there were also these little gems, from Savage Chickens:

‘Poets are always taking the weather so personally.’

Poster by Evan Robertson.

View more of Robertson’s literary quotation posters here: