Petra Vergunst is an artist working in the mediums of creative writing and music to investigate the ways in which we know, and relate to, our natural and historical environments. land. She is based in the northeast of Scotland.
Much of her work as a community artist takes her back to her studies in forestry, nature conservation and environmental education. For Scottish Natural Heritage she delivered the project Burn of Sound (2013) in which she worked with primary school pupils to write poetic texts inspired by their visit to Muir of Dinnet NNR which she set to music and then sang with the children in their outdoor school environments. For Deveron Projects (2017) Petra delivered a similar singing workshop for pupils from Gordon Primary at the White Wood.
After having had her work published in a range of online poetry publications, Petra published her first poem in 2017. The long, narrative poem Embrace, investigating our relationship with woodlands. Written for outdoor performance, she has since performed the work in the woodlands around Peterculter that inspired the poem, at the Dawn to Dusk Festival in Kinloch Rannoch, at the May Festival organised by the University of Aberdeen, for Deveron Projects in Huntly, during the MBC Festival in Cults and for Reforesting Scotland in Comrie. She also facilitates poetry writing workshops such as an autumn inspired one to celebrate National Poetry Day 2016 at Seventeen, Aberdeen, and a nature poetry workshop for Mearns Writers in Stonehaven in 2018. In recognistion of her community arts work and writing she has been an honorary fellow with WORD Centre for Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen since 2015.
Petra can be contacted at petravergunst [at] hotmail [dot] com.
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