Poetry Walk in Memory of David Hart, led by Rosie Miles
David Hart (1940-2022) was one of Birmingham’s most distinctive and original poets. He responded to the city and its people in myriad ways, from residencies in hospitals to his memorialisation of the Knife and Fork ‘Titanic’ Café on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak.
This walking workshop, let by Rosie Miles, will pay tribute to David Hart’s poetry through our reading, writing and walking. We will visit sites in South Birmingham that influenced David’s own poems, starting in Selly Oak and ending in King’s Heath. We will offer our own poetic interventions along the route we walk, and leave some poetry gifts and signs of our presence and David’s significance.
Whether you have read David Hart’s work previously or want to discover and get to know it more, this workshop will offer surprise, community, celebration and thought-provoking prompts for your own writing. At the end there’ll be a cup of tea.
Start: Selly Oak Station (where there is also parking).
End: Selly Oak Station
Total walk: 2 miles circular walk
This is an outdoor walking tour and will take place in all weather. Please wear shoes and clothes suitable for moderate walking distance and weather conditions.
About the workshop leader(s):
Rosie Miles lives in Birmingham and is part of a small poetry group called The Edge Group, originally started by David Hart over twenty years ago. She is a member of the Writing West Midlands Room 204 Scheme and has been an Arts Council/Nine Arches Press Dynamo Mentee. Her first pamphlet was CUTS (HappenStance, 2015). Formerly an academic and award-winning educator, Rosie now offers poetry courses and writing retreats, helping us all to explore the complexities, nuances and joys of being human. She is also training to be a professional gardener.