Announcing: WORDS IN WOODS

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

intoBodmin, in association with KEAP, Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival, Guillemot Press and Cardinham Woods, are proud to present - Words in Woods!

Cardinham Woods | Sunday 28th April 2019 | 10am-5:30pm.

Don't miss this very special family friendly, one-day festival of storytelling in Cardinham Woods.

Discover and explore the wonder of words through stories, poetry, readings, discussions and trails. take part in special events and hands on activities for all ages, from the very young to the young at heart.

Spend the day with us, making stories, telling tales and taking part in fun and games in the wonderful world of words.

While you're here, why not take a walk or cycle around one of the beautiful trails at Cardinham Woods? You could stop and enjoy a delicious lunch, or a hot drink and slice of cake at the Woods Cafe, or bring a picnic to enjoy by the river. Watch this space for more details about the day, coming soon!

Family ticket £15 | Adults £7 | Children (3-16) £3.


Short Story Competition | 'into the woods'

As part of the festival, we're launching a short story competition, to seek out talented local writers and storymakers.

The theme is 'into the woods', and your story can be about anything, in any style, and any length up to 500 words.

There are three categories: ages 8-11, ages 12-15 and ages 16+. The winners from each category will recieve some fabulous goodies, free tickets to Words in Woods, will have their work published online on the intoBodmin website, and best of all, will be given the honour of having their work read out by a proffessional actor at the Words in Woods festival!

The deadline for entries is Monday 11th March, and winners will be announced on Monday 8th April. Submit your entries to and don't forget to include your name, contact details and age category.

Poetry Workshops with Sarah Cave

The Old Library, Bodmin | Saturday 13th April

Adults: 10am-12:30pm | Children 2pm-3:30pm | BOOK NOW

Local poet Sarah Cave will be hosting two workshops as part of the lead up to the Words in Woods Festival this spring: ‘Can we eat what we already have in our mouths?’: Re-inventing Characters in Poetry

Morning workshop | Adults Using a Dadaist approach to writing poetry, the group will look at how to incorporate pre-existing characters into their poetry. Through a series of creative writing exercises, including anagrams and collage, the group will create a poem similar in style to John Ashberry’s Popeye sestina, ‘Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape’. We’ll also look at a handful of poems that use characters such as Luke Kennard’s Cain, clinic press’s Simpson anthology Can I Borrow A Feeling? and Sophie Collin’s Who is Mary Sue? 2 ½ hours (all abilities)

Afternoon workshop | Children

The children will become Dada poets for the afternoon and explore the anarchic poetry practices of the movement. They’ll create exciting and contemporary feeling poetry. We’ll get to know each other by pulling poems out of a top hat and create Dada poems featuring favourite characters from TV, films and books. 1 ½ hours (ages 7-11)


About Sarah: Sarah Cave is a poet who lives in a wood near Bodmin. She has two previously published pamphlets and her third, like fragile clay, an illustrated chapbook about the Moomins, was published by Guillemot Press in 2018. Her first collection, An Arbitrary Line, was published in November 2018 by Broken Sleep Books. Sarah was poet in residence at the Charles Causley house in Launceston and the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival’s resident at the Hillfort School in Liskeard. She was also poet in residence at the West Norwood Farm’s Lottery funded Iron Age dig where she led workshops for children and adults. Sarah has been published in numerous magazines and performed at various festivals including Festival Jeunes Écrivains in Paris. Her second collection is due to be published at the end of 2019.

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