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8–9 June 2019

8–9 June 2019

Poetry Quarter

This year Open Garden Squares Weekend extends its partnership with Poetry School to create a Sunday Poetry Quarter in four London squares.

Anna Selby

Picture of Anna Selby
Garden:
Montagu Square »
Times:
Sunday
Biography:
Anna Selby is a poet and naturalist. Her poetry often explores our connection with water and the natural world. She works collaboratively with choreographers, writes poetic studies of different species, en plein air, often underwater, and aims for these poems to share a sense of compassion and attentiveness to the environment. Photo © Katie Musgrave.

Dorothy McCarthy

Garden:
Barbican Wildlife Garden, Fann Street »
Times:
Saturday

Jade Cuttle

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Garden:
Portman Square »
Times:
Sunday
Biography:
Jade Cuttle graduated from the University of Cambridge with First-Class Honours in Literature. She has written for The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, The Times and The Sunday Times, The Poetry Review, The Observer, Poetry London, Mslexia, the Poetry School and elsewhere. She composed an album of nature-inspired poem-songs entitled ‘Leaves & Lovers’, and has performed on BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Proms. Jade is currently completing an MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia, working as a poetry editor for Ambit and leading workshops for Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the National Centre for Writing.

Meryl Pugh

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Garden:
Bryanston Square »
Times:
Sunday
Biography:
Meryl Pugh is the author of Natural Phenomena (2018, Penned in the Margins) and two pamphlets, The Bridle (2011, Salt) and Relinquish (2007, Arrowhead Press).  She has a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from UEA and teaches for Morley College as well as the Poetry School. Her home for the last twenty years has been Leytonstone, East London.

Philip Wood

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Garden:
King Henry's Walk Garden »
Times:
Saturday
Biography:
Phil Wood is a writer who has worked with homeless people and believes trees should count as Facebook friends.

Selina Rodrigues

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Garden:
Gainsborough Gardens »
Times:
Saturday
Biography:

"Where have you come from? where are you going?" Selina asked in Open Gardens in 2017 and people shared their stories of loss and renewal.

Gardenless, Selina is inspired by mash-up London and all its open spaces. She is a writer who also performs and gives readings.

Selina is of mixed Indian parentage and was raised on a council estate. She has written a series of poems about work-life and another on the experiences of black and Asian people, now growing older in England and her work has appeared in numerous journals.

The following lines were written anonymously by visitors to an Open Garden.

The grasses move, even without wind.
I have lived here all my life,
in our troubled city, I hope for something to rise
from ashes, for roses to be purpler.

Steph Morris

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Garden:
Nomura International PLC »
Times:
Saturday

Will Burns + illustrator Jess White

Picture of Will Burns + illustrator Jess White
Garden:
Manchester Square Gardens »
Times:
Sunday
Biography:
Will Burns was born in London and lives in Buckinghamshire. He was named as one of the four Faber & Faber New Poets for 2014 with his debut pamphlet, praised in The Guardian for its ‘quiet intelligence and subtle ways of seeing’, in that series published in October 2014. In 2019 he published Germ Songs, a collaborative work with illustrator Jess White. The poems and drawings take their shape from the land, utilising both artists’ interest in the natural world and the questions that close observation ask of us as human beings living through the landscape and flora that surround us.