In an exciting new collaboration between the National Trust and the University of Northampton, poet and nature-writer Dr Charles Bennett, has been confirmed as the Writer-in-Residence for Wicken Fen for 2014.
Charles commented: “It’s a thrilling chance for me to sample the Fen through all its seasonal changes and to witness the fluctuation and revitalisation of the area as birds and other creatures flood in. I plan to record the tide rising at Wicken.”
Isobel Sedgwick, Visitor Services Manager, said “We are delighted to welcome artists to the Fen at any time of year and Charles will be charting a whole year in a series of poems specially written for us. We hope to show him something of the diversity and richness the Fen holds – its treasures and secrets.”
Dr Bennett is Associate Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at the University of Northampton and his residency is supported by a major Arts Council grant. As well as his many books of poetry, of which the latest, Evenlode, is a river-journey toward balance, he is writing a book about listening to landscape and the fascination of natural sounds. He said: “It’s going to be a very busy year, but I expect it to be deeply rewarding.”
A series of poetry workshops for adults is also planned – something Charles is especially excited about. He added: “I’m keen to involve the local community in recording their impressions and observations.”
Visitors might like to keep an eye open for Charles as he wanders through the Fen and the surrounding regions.
For further information contact Dr Charles Bennett on 01604 893297 or Isabel Sedgwick 01353 720274.