Poetry and the Environment Symposium at Clandeboye Estate

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


This one-day symposium affords graduate students at Queen’s University Belfast the unique opportunity to explore the landscape and woodlands of Clandeboye Estate. Joined by Lady Dufferin, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, Professor Emerita Edna Longley and artist Gordon D’Arcy, staff and graduate students will approach poetry by learning from and within this extraordinary environment.

We start the day exploring Clandeboye Estate with Lady Dufferin, to discover what trees might teach us and how to pay closer attention to the life of growing things. Professor Edna Longley will deliver a public lecture, ‘‘‘The business of the earth”: Edward Thomas and Eco-Poetry’. We will have an Art and Nature workshop and explore more of the estate, as we reflect on the role of the natural environment in the shaping of poetic and critical activity. Students will have the chance to create poetic landscape ‘sketches’, or develop eco-critical responses to poems. We round off the day with a wine reception and group reflections on poetry and the environment.
Event typeConference


  • ecology
  • eco-criticism
  • poetry
  • environment