“Sleeping in the Forest;
I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
A short story by novelist Heidi James.
During the duration of the degree show I will be leading two walks into the local woodland to share the secret and beautiful places that feature in the installation piece Tumulus. The aim of these walks is to develop an appreciation of the natural world that we are apart of and also to encourage mindfulness and respect for the forest. The walks are free events, both over 7 miles and we will walk at what ever pace suits the group, there’s no rush.