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On meeting Matthew Oates

Despite a drizzly overcast day, I am beaming, when Matthew Oates arrives for this podcast recording in Cheltenham, immediately after he has been at an event at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2015, based on his book “In Pursuit of Butterflies”. Matthew has been extraordinarily kind to me over the past 5 years, after he heard that […]

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Writing on Stinging Nettles

Tall Nettles Matthew Oates, autumn 2015 – on Stinging Nettles, with a poem from Edward Thomas Be Nice to Nettles Week came and went, having stung no one into action. A highly successful ruderal dicotyledonous plant forming monospecific stands by rhizome spread… The stinging nettle is, after all, the most abundant broad-leaved plant in the […]

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Podcast on Stinging Nettles

Welcome! Here is a podcast on Stinging Nettles: Matthew Oates tells us in what way Stinging Nettles and Man are similar, as well as many fascinating facts about how their stings actually work, and what benefits from their presence – we hope you enjoy it   and click here to find more podcasts, writing, and details about […]

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Why Maligned Species?

Why are we running this project? Our editor, Nadia Kingsley noticed that, when she was editing our very first book Shropshire Butterflies – a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire that there is an accepted general love for butterflies, and a general dislike for moths – some of which are far more […]

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Death, Life and Poetry

When my Mum died in September I felt an intense urgency to work on a poem that I had written the month before. I had to do it, but I was rather concerned about my behaviour, and thought maybe I was avoiding thinking about ‘things’ … but when, and only when I had finished the […]

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Wenlock Poetry Festival 2011

As part of the local poets section of the Wenlock Poetry Festival – Nadia Kingsley, Emma Purshouse, Miriam Obrey and Paul Francis will be performing some of the poems from SHROPSHIRE BUTTERFLIES – a poetic and artistic guide to the butterflies of Shropshire. Do come along! It is at 4 pm, Sunday 1st May 2011, […]

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