Thorne Moors

Only in stopping
can I see the blades turning
above the strip farms.
I blink out the frequency,
one eye shuttered and released.

On Saturday 31 August, I’ll be leading a walk along the Stainforth and Keadby canal to the eastern edge of South Yorkshire, taking in the rich, varied landscape between Thorne and the Humberhead Peatlands, and the 22 turbine wind farm that rises from this flat terrain. Along the way, I’ll be reading poems informed by these complex, layered environments, and discussing the history and ecology of Thorne Moors (and the role of the autodidact and eco-warrior William Bunting in securing its future).

The walk is part of the 2019 Ted Hughes Poetry Festival; click here for more details about the event (and to reserve places). You can read an account of an earlier walk through RSPB Adwick Washland (with the poet Matthew Clegg) here. A short reflection on White Thorns, a sequence of poems that developed from a series of walks around Thorne and the Isle of Axholme, can be found here.

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