Albion has existed in the British imagination for centuries as a green and pleasant land of tall ships, hay wains, white cliffs and country houses. Nowhere has this narrative been more cherished than in the Cotswolds, but it is a vision that has long been contested.
In this playful workshop run by JM Morton, participants are invited to rouse a rabble inspired by contemporary folk and outsider artists, writers and performers to forge fresh takes on writing about Albion. This workshop is part of Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
JLM Morton is based in Gloucestershire. Her pamphlet Lake 32, micropamphlets Sentient and Cuda Ex Nihilo are published by Yew Tree Press. Her work has featured in various publications, including The Rialto, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, Wasafiri, Ink Sweat & Tears, Atrium, Obsessed with Pipework, Streetcake, Places of Poetry, The Sunday Telegraph and on BBC Upload. In 2021 she was awarded an Arts Council England grant to work towards a poetry collection exploring cloth and colonialism. This year she is poet in residence at Corinium Museum, Cirencester.