I am a writer living near Kendal, inspired by being outdoors. I work mostly in Cumbria, exploring the landscape from valley bottom to summit top. I write prose and poetry, and enjoy placing poetry in the land and allowing the land to influence the expression and experience of the poems.
Writing in Cumbria My recent work includes Land Keepers, a documentary of upland sheep farming in Cumbria, which I worked on between 2012 and 2014 with my partner, photographer Rob Fraser. My writing, including poetry, prose and interviews, became part of a touring exhibition viewed by more than 40,000, and has appeared in publications including The Telegraph, Earthlines, Geographical and Countryfile magazines.
Poetry in the land Earlier this year I worked with a local farmer to send poetry out on a select group of young Herdwick ewes. A process of creating, letting go, and seeing what happens. You can read about this free form of poetry here.
Postgraduate Study The development of my poetry in connection with landscape and its living culture is part of an ongoing MPhil in Creative Writing, through the Solway Centre of Environment, Culture and Communication, University of Glasgow.
Community Work I take poetry into community settings through my part-time work as Community Outreach officer with The Wordsworth Trust. Cake is often a feature of regular meetings with adults who enjoy listening to poetry and creating their own work.
To find out more about my background and my other projects, please visit my website: harrietwrites.co.uk.