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David Morley contributed over 80 poems to a “slow art” poetry trail in woodland at Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. The “slow poems” are written into natural materials to form a woodland trail and will remain there until they naturally fade and disappear.

Five poetry films are available to watch and download at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/more/slowpoetry/ 

Professor David Morley with 'slow poetry' art trail in Strid WoodThe slow art trail aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and explore how artists can develop a more sustainable approach to their creative practice. David Morley, Professor of Creative Writing, was inspired by natural features of the estate including an abandoned Christmas tree plantation, the River Strid, and Barden Tower.

His collection includes ankle-high Haikus written into Elm and longer poems written on easels and fabric. The ‘slow poems’ are designed to be contemplated and enjoyed in the natural woodland and landscape of Bolton Abbey.

The project was developed by Chrysalis Arts - an award-winning public art company which works to regenerate communities by creating public artwork that expresses and reinforces local identity and sense of place.

Chrysalis Arts Director, Rick Faulkner said “The installations will range from pieces which tempt visitors to sit down and contemplate their surroundings to those which challenge perceptions about contemporary art-making in a traditional rural landscape. The works will highlight issues affecting landscape, agriculture, global warming and climate change."

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