Ltd edition ORFC poster poems

At the beginning of January, I was invited to be the poet in residence at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, and commissioned to write two poems to be read at the closing plenary of the conference in Oxford Town Hall to the assembled delegates, the majority of whom work on smaller, family farms as far from the reach of factory farming as they can get.

The aim of the residency was to concentrate the thoughts of the farmers at the conference into poetry and to write specifically about the soil. I spent a fascinating two days listening to them discussing the need to put the soil back central, finally writing two poems about the soil and the farmers’ relationship with it and the land as a whole.

These poems have been released as limited edition, signed, letterpress posters measuring 297mm by 500mm. 150 copies of each have been set in 20pt Gill Sans on beautiful 400gsm card, and are lovely objects for framing. The posters (which come as either a pack of two for £25 or individually at £15, plus postage) are available now. All proceeds from the posters will go towards my ongoing lyrical celebration of pasture farming as the Pasture-fed Livestock Association’s poet in residence, as part of which I am working on writing a book (to be launched at ORFC 2018).

If you would prefer to pay by BACS or cheque, please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact form below. I will be glad to arrange something. Otherwise, use the PayPal buttons below.

Click Add to Cart to pre-order both signed, limited edition letterpress posters of the ORFC 2017 poems on 400gsm card: £25 plus £6 p&p – UK only.





To order ‘The Soil Never Sleeps’ for £15 plus £6 p&p, click on Add to Cart below.





To order ‘Three Options for Farmers’ for £15 plus £6 p&p, click on Add to Cart below.





If anyone outside the UK would like to order these posters, please leave me a message in the comments section of this page and I will generate a separate PayPal button with the required extra cost for postage.

If you would like to hear the poems, click on the Soundcloud excerpt (below) of me reading them at the ORFC closing plenary, introduced by John Meadley (chairman of the Pasture-fed Livestock Association).

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