Lackford Lakes nature reserve to host Suffolk Festival of Ideas

Tuesday 27th September 2016

A Suffolk Wildlife Trust reserve will host some of the nation’s favourite nature writers as part of Suffolk Festival of Ideas.

On Saturday October 8, writers including Paul Evans, Melissa Harrison, Kate Blincoe and Matt Gaw will be reading from their work at the double-decker hide in Lackford Lakes.

After the readings, which begin at 11am, there will be the opportunity to join Dr Evans for a free writing workshop at Lackford’s visitor centre.

Throughout the day (from 11am to 3pm) children and adults will also be able to screen print their own t-shirt with local creative collective, Off The Press.

As well as the day of activities, Suffolk Festival of Ideas, which is dedicated to creating and increasing access to inspiring cultural environments, is also working with the Trust on its project to create a memory bank of people’s childhood experiences of growing up in the county’s wild spaces.

The festival, through Off the Press, has commissioned 12 artists to respond visually to the question did you grow up wild? The resulting limited prints, will be displayed at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds throughout October and are available to buy.

Sara Holman who is helping to lead the Growing Up Wild project for Suffolk Wildlife Trust said: “Growing Up Wild is all about capturing people’s childhood experiences of wild times in Suffolk’s wild places – from urban back gardens to the wider countryside.

“We are delighted to host this Suffolk Festival of Ideas event, which offers a unique chance to hear leading writers share their own experiences in a beautiful setting.”

Tracey Housley, who is also leading Growing Up Wild added: We’re really looking forward to seeing how all of the print artists respond to the idea of Growing Up Wild.”

Anna Bird, a director of Suffolk Festival of Ideas and member of Off The Press, said: “The festival is keen to get as many people thinking about stories as possible and in Suffolk we know many of the tales that help shape our collective and individual identities involve wild spaces.

“The free events at Lackford Lakes and the exhibition at the Apex are a chance to enjoy and celebrate these stories.”

The artists taking place in the exhibition, which runs from October 11 until October 30 at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, are: Robert Ramsden, James Fenton, Joel Millerchip, Laurel Pettitt, Natalie Blofield, James Treadaway, Sam Foley, Anna Bird, Alfred Pardon, Krysten Newby, Vicki Johnson and Emma Torfinn.

You can get involved with Growing Up Wild by picking up a form at the Lackford Lakes event, the exhibition or by submitting your story online at suffolkwildlifetrust.or/growingupwild