You are invited to join me – Bristol-based poet, writer and located audio designer Ralph Hoyte – to co-create the Quantock Poetry Trail. I am looking for poets and people interested in writing poetry who have an active connection with the Quantocks (poets who live in the Quantocks and adjoining areas; poets from further afield who have a strong Quantocks/Romantic poet connection) to join me. Together we will wander the Quantocks, or visit adjacent locations, composing ‘en plein air’ poetry as did the Romantic poets Dorothy and William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the 18th century. Then we will work up our material through a series of workshops over a year (from September 2022- September 2023).

The project is an invitation to join a year-long workshop-based process which will both develop your own voice and work, and, in addition, which will open out possibilities for the work produced to be published as part of the soundwalk (other spin-offs will be explored).

The result will be three-fold:

  1. our poems will be published online (in writing and recorded); selected poems will be published in ‘paper form’ (possibly Georgian-era style ‘broadsheet poems’); more publishing possibilities will emerge as the project progresses; performances will be part of the mix
  2. selected work – and this is the really exciting bit – will form part of a digitally geo-located Quantock Poetry Trail across the Quantock Hills (and outliers). Anyone with a smartphone – poets, visitors, ramblers, geo-cachers – will be able to physically follow in the footsteps of the Romantic poets to find and listen to our selected poems IN THE ACTUAL LOCATIONS which inspired them!
  3. Through the same magical technologies, listeners will be joined on the Quantock Poetry Trail by the actual Romantic poets. Again through your personal smartphone you will be able to eavesdrop on them as young people – they were only in their 20s – as they compose, squabble, get drunk, philosophize – and discuss their revolutionary new concept for poetry: ‘Romantic poetry: the poetry of the sublime, in the language of the common person’!

NEXT STEPS

If you are interested in working with me and other poets on the Quantock Poetry Trail, please register an interest by emailing: qlps@somerset.gov.uk with the email heading ‘Quantock Poetry Trail‘. You will be updated as we firm up the schedule (etc), with the first workshop (to look at the whole area, throw maps around, decide where we want to go, what we might write about and how etc) timetabled for September 2023 (tbd)

NOTE: please do note that this is a brand new project (which makes it all very exciting!), so no-one – including me – really knows what’s going to happen and how it’s going to turn out. So please have patience – we are actually making it up as we go!