Creative Writing lecturer made poet-in-residence

Dr Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in English, has been made the first poet-in-residence at Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

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Dr Featherstone, who took up the role in 2017 as part of a new project based on creative inspiration at the park, leads workshops, poetry walks and readings of both his work and pieces written by visitors. The first of these four workshops explored some of the park’s landscape and the approach of winter. The residency will also see poetry walks in the park and invitations to guests to discuss their take on the landscape.

I know that Bradgate Park is a favourite place for lots of people in the region; I love going there as well. This is a chance to bring poetry to the park and to encourage people to get creative in their response to the natural world and their own memories. I really want the residency to give people the confidence to respond creatively to their memories of places and landscapes and to enjoy writing about them.

Dr Kerry Featherstone

Dr Featherstone specialises in creative and contemporary travel writing, both in English and in French, including personal experiences of landscape. “Associating writing with a particular place can be a powerful tool for unlocking memory and creativity. I’ve written poetry about landscapes that are important to me, including many locations in the UK and France, and given conference papers about the techniques that I use to combine landscape, memory and heritage in my writing”, says Dr Featherstone. You can read about the residency here.