Signs of Spring Poetry and Music Walk at the National Botanic Gardens


For our first event of the year, we headed out to the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin on what turned out to be a beautiful spring morning. Just over twenty of us gathered for a walk led by poets Jane Clarke and Katrina Naomi (Katrina having joined us all the way from Cornwall), and musician James Mahon. The walk was a poetry and music walk around the gardens, tuned to the signs of spring, which most certainly were beginning to emerge.

The poems ranged from capturing moments experiencing a deep connection with nature, to the relationships in our lives, the loves and losses, responses to our recently celebrated day for our matron St Brigid and more, all beautifully complemented by music addressing similar themes; and all delivered in such a way as to keep our audience absolutely captivated. We were even treated to some poetry in Cornish by Katrina!

The beauty of walks like these is that, although our poets and musician had their route and pieces mostly planned, as our walk unfolded, they occasionally felt inspired by their fellow creatives or by the landscape around them to spontaneously switch to an unplanned poem or piece of music. We were also accompanied by Jean from the Botanics team, who enlightened us about some of the nature encountered along the way.

Thank you to our wonderful poets and musician, to all of you who joined us on this special walk and, as always, to the team at NBG for welcoming us to their gardens. 

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