Voices of the Earth at Woodbrooke is evolving…

Voices of the Earth has been an annual art and poetry course, encouraging serious creative play and cross-fertilisation of art forms underpinned by an awareness of the complexity of life on Earth.

Like other centres and facilities, the Woodbrooke Quaker study centre in Birmingham couldn't be open for onsite events during pandemic restrictions. But we kept the culture of the course alive by taking it online.

In two years on experiment with an interactive course spread flexibly over six weeks, using Zoom and Moodle,  with forums and “creative exchange rooms”. we've learned a lot about online ways of working.

In October 2022, the course is morphing into Groundwork, an online creative community running through nine months of the year to come.

Tutors: Philip Gross is a poet, prose writer, and until 2017, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales. Zélie Gross is a Quaker writer and editor, with a background in making and teaching of visual arts. For both, collaboration is a source of fresh work and delight.

Published: 6 July, 2020