The Lake District is home of The Romantic Poets, so where better to have a Poet in Residence? But this poet won’t be in residence for long; she’ll be continually on the move thanks to support from the GoLakes Travel programme.
Over the coming months South Cumbrian writer Kirstie Pelling will explore Lakeland towns and villages by bike, bus, boat and boot producing hiking haiku, electric sonnet and prose on the move. The initiative has been supported through GoLakes Travel’s Small Grants Programme, which is offering a helping hand to organisations who are looking to bring in visitors by bus, boat, bike or train.
Along the way, Kirstie will be vlogging about her travels, sharing her poetry on the GoLakes Travel blog and tweeting using the hashtag #poetinmotion.
Kirstie started her adventures as the ‘Poet in Motion’, when she took her family on a bike ride through the South and Central Lakes to find some creative inspiration. In the next few weeks, she will be using a variety of transport to experience the landscape from a fresh perspective and get the creative juices flowing.
From Orrest Head to Brantwood via Rydal Mount, the new Poet in Motion will be taking a series of bus and train journeys and stopping off at some of the places that have inspired poets and artists through the generations. She will also be taking to the water, as well as jumping into an electric car to produce some video poems, and of course, exploring by foot.
Richard Greenwood, Head of Operations at Cumbria Tourism, says, “From bike rides to bus trips, electric cars to train journeys, this exciting GoLakes Travel project will see our Poet in Motion taking the cleaner, greener travel message out into the community. She will even be getting out onto the water to see how many how many different ways visitors can write words on – or in – the water, so watch out for her on a canoe or the ferry, or even bobbing up out of your favourite tarn with a snorkel and a stanza!”
Kirstie Pelling adds: “Using sustainable transport like the bus and ferry frees your mind to be creative. And who hasn’t had their best ideas while out for a walk? This winter I’ll be exploring the options for leaving the car at home, producing poetry and video poems as I go. I believe if Wordsworth was around today he’d be writing about Lakeland life from the top deck of a bus.”