The Dark Farms at EAFS

The same for every window, every door. In every room, the dark’s walled in.

The same for every window, every door.
In every room, the dark’s walled in.

I’m really looking forward to the very first Environmental Arts Festival Scotland (EAFS), taking place across Dumfries and Galloway on 30th August to 2nd September.  It’s got an ambitious and exciting programme aimed at exploring new ways to connect with environment, nature and place.

Better yet, EAFS have asked me to read from my poetry pamphlet ‘The Dark Farms’ (Roncadora Press) – because it’s all about the Galloway Forest, where this part of EAFS takes place.  Do come along – Sunday 1st September, 5pm at the Festival Yurt outside of SNH Cairnsmore of Fleet Reserve Office.  Click here for the link to book.

Now he sees what the bull sees: two dim curved worlds.

Now he sees what
the bull sees: two dim
curved worlds.

‘The Dark Farms’ is a short collection of poetry about the abandoned steadings and dark skies of the Galloway Forest.  ‘Jean Atkin’s beautifully crafted poems evoke the traditions and relics of human work as well as this dramatic, marginal landscape.’  Anna Crowe, reviewing in The Dark Horse, 2013.

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