Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Jane Burnett
Title: SWILLOWING: Wild Writing Swimming in the Dart
Description: “there is nothing…half so much worth doing as simply messing about in the river” – Ratty, The Wind and the Willows
Swillowing is a curated swim in the river Dart. Following Ratty’s premise, we will take part in a guided mess about in the river. This “work”shop will reflect on the swimming process and the opportunity it provides to break out of working routines and how this might be helpful for our writing practices. There will be some site-specific writing and a mix of group and solo work and play.
Some experience of swimming in open water is advisable though not essential. The activities are not focused on speed or endurance and are non-competitive. However, the water can be very cold, so you will need to be able to brave temperatures and be able to access the river from its banks. The swim will take place on a stretch of water about 10 minutes’ walk from the Estate which is rich in swimming history. Please bring a pen/pencil and paper and a towel and some warm clothes to change into afterwards.
“and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”