Ltd edition ORFC poster poems

IMG_2256At 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.

There was enthusiastic feedback for the poems, enough that the ORFC and I decided to release the poems as limited edition, signed, letterpress posters measuring 297mm by 500mm (just longer than A3). 150 copies of each to be set in 20pt Gill Sans on beautiful 300gsm card, and will be lovely objects for framing. These are being prepared for print at the moment, but the posters (which come as a pack of two) are available now for pre-order for £25 (including p&p in the UK). 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 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).

If you would like to buy the posters, please click on the PayPal button. The posters will be shipped in March 2017.

Click Add to Cart to pre-order two signed, limited edition letterpress posters of the ORFC 2017 poems on 300gsm card: £25 (inc. p&p) – UK only. Shipping in early March.

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.

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