Sharing is an important part of Petra’s ethos as an artist. This may be an outdoor poetry performance in which the song of a blackbird or the drone of the sea merge with spoken word. But she also facilitates poetry talks, workshops and other participatory activities. Characteristic for all her events is an intimate and informal atmosphere in which sharing often leads to a dialogue with, and between, participants. If you’re interested in commissioning an activity and would like to discuss opportunities, please contact Petra at petravergunst [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Sunday 21 January 2018, 10.30 to 12 am
Writing Our World
In this poetry workshop for the Mearns Writers in Stonehaven, participants are invited to reflect on the way they write about the natural environment. Against the background of the work by Kathleen Jamie and her own poem Embrace, Petra will present different approaches to environmental writing through hands-on poetry writing exercises.
Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 October 2017
Two woodland performances of Embrace as part of the annual Reforesting Scotland gathering Rewilding. Click here to book a place at the gathering.
Saturday 16 September 2017, 2 to 4 pm
Salmon, Mussels and Lost Boats: a Poetry Walk
Join SNH ranger Therese Alampo and myself for a walk along the beach of St. Cyrus NNR to explore tales of salmon fishing, bait and lost boats along the coast north of the river North Esk. Gather at St. Cyrus Visitor Centre. Free. To book your place on this walk, contact SNH on 01674 830736.
Monday 4 September 2017, 10 to 11.30 am
As part of the MBC Festival, join me for a performance of Embrace, my narrative poem about our relation with woodlands. The performance will involve a short walk. Meet at the Forestry Commission Scotland car park at Foggieton Wood, just north of Cults. Free.