Choose your Siren Challenge
Liv Torc invites as many of you as possible to join her on a creative quest to uncover the lessons the Earth sent us during Covid-19 and lockdown. The aim is to unearth the poetry on the tip of the tongue of the world by looking at signs and metaphors in nature.
Please watch this series of wonderful interviews and challenges with some of the wisest, weirdest and most wonderful people I know, who work with and for the Earth. They are a brilliant foundation for this quest. Many of the Challengers I met through my experiences with Druidry in my 20s and 30s but also from my life now working as a poet on climate change related projects. I am so grateful that they agreed to let me interview them.
Liv Torc x
HOW TO PICK YOUR CHALLENGE
If you have time we recommend watching all the interviews, it will give you a range of perspectives and ideas. But if you can also pick a couple of people who resonate with you, watch their interviews and choose one of their challenges.
WE CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR CHALLENGE EXPERIENCE. Post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SIRENPOETS to let us and others taking part know what you did and how it went for you. You only need to write one line or bring back one message, the important thing is, you make an attempt to have a conversation with nature.
JJ Middleway – Druid Celebrant and Priest
JJ works across the world providing unique weddings, funerals and naming ceremonies. JJ is also a writer, musician and poet.
Challenge Level: 5 You need a whole night and some courage for this one. Also a disclaimer.
Dr Michal Nachmany – Policy Fellow, LSE
Dr Michal Nachmany works at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics on Climate Change Policy.
Challenge Level: 3 Involves speaking to other humans.
Afric Crossan-Wale – Director of Forest School Birmingham
Forest School Birmingham is an award winning Community Interest Company, passionate about ‘connecting people with each other and nature’.
Challenge Level: 3 This one takes time but sounds brilliant – you can report back on inititial discoveries and let the rest unfold in your own time.
Louisa Adjoa Parker – Poet and Writer
Louisa is a rural Somerset based poet and writer who has recently published lots of articles on racism in the countryside.
Challenge Level: 2 Great for writers, everyone could and should do this one at some point
Ruth Harvey – Artist, Herbalist and Celebrant
Ruth also ran OBOD Druid Camps for over a decade, which tapped into a global community and helped hundreds of people find healing through nature.
Challenge Level: 2 A really great way of connecting and beneficial to everyone.
Adrian Rooke – Addictions Therapist and Druid
Adrian Rooke is a therapist, predominantly working within the field of addiction at the Advisory Counsel for Drugs and Alcohol in Bristol. He is also a hugely experienced Druid, known throughout the world.
Challenge Level: 4 The challenge level depends on how private your garden is! ;0)
AN EXTRA CHALLENGE FROM LIV TORC
For those people in a massive hurry!
Challenge Level: 1 This is a simple but effective challenge for anyone who doesn’t have the time, space or inclination to answer the call of the Siren Challengers. Basically if all else fails, do this!