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The IsamBards’ Botanic Verses – two poetry walks

Sunday 19 May 2019

| Standard entry price

IsamBard poets in the GardenThe IsamBards are four Bristol-based poets who, from time to time, collaborate on site specific poetry projects. These have included Brunel’s Bristol and The Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Three of the original IsamBards, Pameli Benham, Deborah Harvey and David C Johnson, are delighted that prize-winning poet, Dominic Fisher, has joined them for this botanic adventure.

Pameli Benham is a Londoner now happily settled in Bristol. She is an actor and director who sings with Gasworks Choir, dances, gardens and makes jam, writes and performs poetry. Her poems have been published in anthologies, and her collection Plentiful As Blackberries has so far raised £5,000 for WaterAid.

Deborah Harvey is a Bristol-born poet and novelist. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, and broadcast on Radio 4’s Poetry Please. Her fourth poetry collection, “The Shadow Factory”, will be published by Indigo Dreams in 2019. Deborah is co-director of The Leaping Word poetry consultancy.

Dominic Fisher lives near his allotment in Horfield. He is the winner of the international Bristol Poetry Prize 2018 and his poems have been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies. His collection “The Ladies and Gentlemen of the Dead” is forthcoming from The Blue Nib.


Free (normal Garden entry fee applies)

Book your place

Each tour has space for up to 25 people.

Booking is essential.

11 am – Book your free place using the University online shop.

2 pm – Book your free place using the University online shop.

You will need to register your details.

A taster of the poetry you can expect

Tirelessly working
Consider the flowers in the fields
Consider the crops and their yields
Think of the bees tirelessly working
No days off and no days shirking
Marvel at nature’s industry
The insects’ ceaseless odyssey
Flying, climbing, crawling, dipping,
Diving in proboscis sipping
Ignorant of pollination
They ensure the procreation
Of smallest plants and soaring trees
And in the end the you’s and me’s
So, before you start to spray
Remember the role that insects play
Ensuring you have food to eat
And flowers to smell with perfume sweet

Written by David C Johnson ©October 2018

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Sunday 19 May 2019
Standard entry price
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University of Bristol Botanic Garden
0117 42 82041


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