A Poet in the Park


Loughborough University lecturer to take up role of poet in residence at Bradgate Park in an exciting new project looking at creative inspiration from one of Leicestershire’s most-loved and heritage-rich landscape

Dr Kerry Featherstone, who oversees the University’s MA in Creative Writing, will lead workshops, poetry walks and readings at the Leicestershire Park throughout the year, including his own and visitor’s creative writing.

Carolyn Holmes, Development Manager at Bradgate Park, explained: “The Bradgate Park Trust and Loughborough University are teaming up to offer members of the public the chance to write about the Park, its history and wildlife, over the course of the coming seasons. Participants will be able to share their poems on a blog, as part of an exhibition, and at readings. . This is part of our Bradgate Inspires campaign, that recognises the creative inspiration the Park offers.”

Kerry said “I know that Bradgate Park is a favourite place for lots of people in the region; I love going there as well. This is a chance to bring some poetry to the Park, and to encourage people to get creative in their response to the natural world, and their own memories”.

Activities will start on Wednesday, December 6th, from 10am – 12pm. We’ll be exploring some of the landscape (seasonal weather permitting) and thinking about the approach of winter. Anyone is welcome to take part: no previous experience of writing is required. Places are free, but limited in number, so please see the ‘what’s on’ section of the www.bradgatepark.org website to book a place.