Tours and Trails

Here are some of the ways I have taken poetry outdoors through tours, trails and site specific projects.

Literature Walking Tours in London

Dickens House Museum

There are few things I love more than exploring new places and a good book. Over the past few years I’ve shared both enthusiasms by leading literary walking tours, filled with stories and poems, through the heart of London.

In just a couple of hours, see the capital through the eyes of some of our most dashing and dastardly literary heroes. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. Take a stroll through the sex and seduction of Bloomsbury and learn about its complicated and intriguing love triangles. Hear contemporary poems mixed with fascinating tales, and discover the best places in London to shop for beautiful old books.

If you would like to find out more, or book a tour for your book club, writing circle or groups of friends, please get in touch.

“It was highly informative yet accessible to everyone. Our group was mostly English students, but even the ones in our group that didn’t study English had a great time. Would definitely go again.” – Mike Brown, President of Queen Mary University of London Literature Society

 

Bespoke Tours For Your Festival or Celebration

I’m experienced in designing tours for specific areas and events. Whether it’s a tour about local graffiti for The Canals Project: Street Art on the Waterways or a walk celebrating the suffragette movement for The Wilding Festival, I weave stories and local history with poems and spoken word to create new and entertaining productions.

 

Poetry Trails

As well as performances, I also create trails by physically adding poetry to a site, whether it’s a series of ‘treasure hunt’ style pop-up interventions or a longer-lasting feature.

‘GV Coronation 1937’ a poem engraved into a bench (acrylic and wood) in Nottingham Castle Gardens, commissioned by Park In Progress.

 

‘Nottingham Castle Rock’ a poem written along struts of a pavilion in Nottingham Castle Gardens. The gardens are filled with notices and plaques largely ignored by the public. This structure offers just enough challenge that the public are compelled to stop and read with care. The pavilion was produced in collaboration with visual artist Anna Mawby and architect Victor Lam.

 

Poem Journeys

Commissioned by London Lines to create a poem celebrating the London Borough of Havering, I wrote a poem which traced a journey across the borough. I started in Romford, the administrative centre of Havering and travelled to the most Easterly edge of London. This poem was then taken to local people through pop-up readings in the Quadrant Arcade, Romford and a celebration at the Southbank Centre.

The official eastern edge of London and the destination of ‘Havering on the Edge’: a poem charting a journey through the borough of Havering.

Whatever the place or event you would like to celebrate, get in touch to find out more about poetry tours and trials.