Activity: Talk or presentation types › Festival, exhibition, performance
To mark ‘National Insect Week’ in 2016, a biannual series of events that celebrates ‘the little things that rule the world’, I organised a free workshop for budding writers at Bristol Zoo Gardens. I gave a short talk on insects in literature, followed by a tour of the Bug World by invertebrate curator Mark Bushell (Bristol Zoo). The group spent the evening gazing at gastropods, communing with colonies of ants, and writing sonnets to stick insects. Led by two local poets, Holly Corfield Carr and Andrew Giles, the event encouraged participants to pen a series of creative responses to creepy-crawlies.
The result is a permanent exhibition of poems dotted around the Bug World that pay tribute to its inhabitants; some are addressed to particular invertebrates such as the ‘Malaysian Giant Jungle Nymph’, while others, such as ‘Xenia’ and ‘Dinner’ imagine what it’s like to be on the other side of the glass looking out.