Friday 2nd October, 7pm.
"I notice things no one else does. I’m not talking about phantom stalks snipped off last season, the ghosts of petals snatched away too soon, seeds never sprouted. I'm talking about vibes: tuning into the chatter of plants."
In this extended poetic monologue, a self-confessed plant-whisperer shares a fictional elegy to a house-plant, radio drama-style, offering a sinister and surreal insight into the side-effects of self-isolation. Using a device that is able to perceive the electromagnetic waves from the surface of plants and translate these into pitch, the story is accompanied by an ambient musical backdrop that allows the plant to sing. Tune into the inner world of plants and use it as a springboard for thinking and writing poetically about your own connection to nature.
This performance will be followed by a live 'Meet the Poet' event with Jade herself.
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Meet the Poet:
Jade Cuttle is Arts Commissioning Editor at The Times. Her criticism and reviews have been published in the The Times, TLS, the Telegraph, and the Guardian. She has been commissioned to write poetry for BBC Radio 3, BBC Contains Strong Language and the BBC Proms, winning competitions run by Ledbury Poetry Festival, the Poetry Society and Poetry Book Society.
As a songwriter fusing metaphor with melody, Jade released an eco-themed album of poem-songs Algal Bloom through Warren Records with funding from the PRS foundation and Make Noise, performing across the BBC network and at festivals such as Latitude.
Previously, she was a poetry editor at Ambit, worked at the Poetry Society and tutored at the Poetry School where she devised a poetry course for adults; judging the Costa Book Awards (both Poetry, and the Costa Book of the Year) and later the Gingko Prize alongside Simon Armitage. Her plant-whispering poetry workshops have been programmed at festivals, schools and universities and filmed for BBC One. She holds a first-class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages and Literature (Russian and French) from Cambridge University (Homerton College), and graduated with Distinction from the MA in Poetry at the University of East Anglia.