Into the Forest, a wonderful new anthology of tree poems compiled by poet Mandy Haggith, is to be published on Thursday 28 November, when it will receive a very special launch at a gala event taking place at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE).
The anthology features such giants of poetry as Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Robert Burns, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes – and Mandy Haggith and her 'Walking with Poets' colleagues – and it is in itself a celebration of nature. Each poem in the anthology relates to one of the eighteen species in the Tree Ogham (Gaelic) alphabet, which links a tree species to each letter. It has been produced as a beautiful gift edition for poetry enthusiasts and lovers of trees, woodlands and Scots-Irish natural lore.
The launch of Into the Forest at the special event being hosted by the Scottish Poetry Library at the RBGE will help mark the conclusion of ‘Walking with Poets’, which saw four of Scotland’s finest poets – including Mandy Haggith – take up residence at each of the RBGE’s four gardens across Scotland for a month at a time in order to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.
On the night, all four of the poets – Jean Atkin, Sue Butler, Gerry Loose and Mandy Haggith – will share stories from their residencies, and read poems from Into the Forest.
Free tickets for the ‘Walking with Poets’ event, which takes place from 6.30pm on 28 November at the RBGE, are still available but running out fast. You can book your place here.