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.

‘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.

Deptford Lounge teaser photo

Yes, I know, we’re making you wait. But while you’re waiting, here’s another teaser photo from the reading at Deptford Lounge last weekend. Featuring poets: Alice Anokhina, Harry Wilson, Katie Hale, Alex Knox and Dominique Dunne.

More photos to follow, and hopefully some video footage as well. (See how good to you we are?)


The paper copies of the zine are now complete!

And they look beautiful.

‘Dawn Killing Darkness’, poetry zine, May 2012

It’s been great producing them, and we really enjoyed reading through everyone’s submissions. Obviously we couldn’t include everyone because of space, but the amount of material we received was incredibly promising. It got [insert text here] off to a good start. Let’s keep it up, folks!

We will be distributing them over the next couple of days. Keep a wary eye out!

Unfortunately, we can’t afford to send out copies to everyone who would like one. However, if you desperately want one, then contact us, and we should be able to post you one at cost (plus postage).

Meanwhile, check out the content online.

Bundled up ready for distribution…

(Thank you to Royal Holloway Students’ Union for use of their extra long stapler. We couldn’t have done it without you.)

Just because we love you

Here is a picture of the [insert text here] staff trying to look both inspired and inspirational on London’s South Bank, and failing because of a combination of wind and hair.

(This is another of a taste-bud tickling photos relating to yesterday’s wonderful event, and is strategically posted in order to whet your appetite for more. In other words, follow the blog, ready for when we take the world by storm with the other pictures. Not convinced? Follow the blog anyway, so you can decide for yourself when the time comes!)

Staff on the Southbank, May 2012

She Was a Phantom of Delight

Here is a little afternoon pick-me-up, that I found whilst travelling the internet.
Who’d a thought poetry and cats could work this well. Beautiful classic poetry from Mr. Wordsworth himself accompanied by a rather worried looking cat. Don’t say we don’t spoil you. 

She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment’s ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

Willaim Wordsworth

Cited here. [page 5]
Click here for full poem.

Special delivery…

Look what just arrived in the post!

And more of them:

Coming soon to a venue near you!

We will hopefully be putting these in all sorts of venues (bookshops, cafes, libraries), but obviously we are not omnipresent, and there are always going to be places we aren’t going to get to. So if you know somewhere with a counter that would appreciate a little stack of our cards, then please do get in touch, and we can give you some to put in aforementioned venue.

And of course, you already know the best way to get your hands on one of our beautiful new business cards, don’t you? That’s right – head along to our first event!

But what is that event? we hear you cry.

Well, never fear. We are girding our loins for the announcement in the next day or two.

But in the mean time, we will be getting these little beauties out into the big wide world.

Keep a weather eye open!