Workshop: Silver Birch

Here’s the first of our themed workshops for A FOREST!

1. Set a timer for five, ten or fifteen minutes and free write from the line: “Then one day she noticed the forest had begun to bleed into her waking life”. (You can change the pronouns if you wish: I noticed/my waking life.)


2. Read ‘Aperture’ by Jennifer Tonge. Write a poem consisting only of one or two line stanzas. Write towards the line “and the weeping silver birch.”


3. Read ‘[little tree]’ by e. e. cummings. Choose a specific variety of tree – this can be a type of tree, for example a silver birch tree, or a functional tree, such as a Christmas tree. Write a love poem to the tree. You can use the tree as a metaphor for a real or imagined lover or address the tree as itself.


4. Write a concrete or shape poem in the shape of a tree, leaf or forest. This can involve as many or as little words as you want. Maybe you just want to write a poem in a long column to suggest a tree, or maybe you want to be more elaborate. Perhaps you want to scatter words across the page to suggest falling leaves. The subject matter can be as closely related to the shape as you think appropriate.


5. Write about a forest, wood or tree you know, or knew, well. Consider sensory details (how it feels and smells) as well as memories: what was the weather like the last time you were there? What memories do you have attached to it?


  • We have another upcoming workshop for Chorlton Arts Festival themed around A Forest – the title is ‘Writing Your Walk’ and it is on Tuesday 24th May at 12pm noon at the Horse and Jockey in Chorlton. Do join us!
  • Submit to our zine! The theme for this month is A Forest, the deadline is Monday 23rd May and our email address is – for more details check out the image below or our call for submissions page!
  • Come along to the Three Minute Theatre on Oldham St. on Monday 30th May and join us as well as our special guests Kate Garrett and Ailish Woollett for a night of poetry themed around A FOREST – and sign up for our open mic for three minutes in which to red your own!




The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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