Time in the Trees

Come and take a slow walk with Harriet and Rob Fraser of somewhere-nowhere to meet trees and imagine a landscape of past, present and future, pausing along the way to listen to poems inspired by trees and time. While strolling through woodlands you’ll also be invited to imagine the transformation of seven trees in the expression of a Haiku, a visualisation of poetry using huge orange cloth wraps to reveal text written in the bark of trees.

In this podcast, Harriet and Rob travel through time and space: from the Cumbrian woodlands above Ullswater where their recording is made to the Wye Valley and the towering trees of Symonds Yat, and from the last Ice Age to the present day and imaginings of a possible future.

This podcast is for Wye Valley River Festival reimagined – had the Festival taken place in May this year, Harriet and Rob would have installed a haiku among the woods of Symonds Yat. This has, sadly, not been possible, but this podcast shares the haiku and a longer poem that were written for the Wye Valley.

Guest appearances from robins, wrens, buzzards and a docile cow; readings of poems written by Harriet Fraser, WH Davies, Ailsa Holland and Wendell Berry; and cello accompaniment by Francesca Ter-Berg.