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Bringing poetry to life at Renishaw Hall & Gardens October 2020

27 Feb Bringing poetry to life at Renishaw Hall & Gardens October 2020

Home to the famous Sitwell family of writers and poets, it’s fitting that this season, Renishaw Hall & Gardens is encouraging visitors to submit their poems to be displayed around the award winning gardens, in a special celebration of poetry later in the year.

The gardens and grounds open on Wednesday 18th March 2020 and from this date until Sunday 13th September 2020, visitors to Renishaw Hall & Gardens are being invited to send in their poems, drawing inspiration from the house and grounds as they visit throughout the season.

The poetry will be displayed around the gardens on 1st October 2020 (National Poetry Day), until Sunday 4th October 2020, as part of Renishaw’s ‘POETrees’ event – a celebration of poetry, including the Sitwell family members’ own creative legacies.

Writers of all ages and experiences are asked to send in poetry; using themes from the works of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell as a guide, with topics including areas of the gardens like the Gothic Temple, Lime Avenue or the Wilderness; flowers such as daffodils, bluebells and magnolias; as well as the many vistas and views to be enjoyed.

A full list of poetry themes can be found here:

SEASONS The gardens in Spring, Summer, Autumn
FEATURES The Gothic Temple

Lime Avenue



The Woods

The Parkland

The Wilderness



PLANTS Trees/Woods




Hydrangeas Annabelle


SENSES Vistas and Views






In addition to the accolade of having their poetry on show for visitors to Renishaw Hall & Gardens to enjoy, the authors of three poems will be selected as overall winners by local published poet, Ted Fairclough, with prizes including a sumptuous afternoon tea for two, a hall and garden entry pass for two and a cream tea for two.

How to enter your poem

Please submit one poem only (minimum font size of 16pt – to fit on an A4 panel – for display purposes) to: enquiries@renishaw-hall.co.uk or via a postal point located in the Visitor Centre at Renishaw Hall. Please place your name and contact details on the reverse if posting, or on the foot of the email entry if sending electronically.

Renishaw Hall will endeavour to print out and display all poetry, however this is at the discretion of the visitor services team.

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