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New Writing North and Newcastle University are collaborating to create Murmuration, a collective poem celebrating the natural world in this time of climate crisis and coronavirus, giving voice to a fresh appreciation of the natural world and a desire that things should not revert to how they were before.

This fascinating initiative of Linda France, New Writing North and Newcastle University’s Climate Writer in Residence is inspired by murmurations, those astonishing displays of aerial acrobatics we see when great flocks of starlings gather. As Linda explains: “Learning from the starlings, we can raise our wings, our voices in a loud accumulating murmur…Together we can make something spectacular, far greater than the sum of its parts, an ensemble work of art.”

Each one of us is invited to take part by adding between one and three lines of any length on the New Writing North website or using #writeoutside on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by 1st August. All contributions must open with either the phrase ‘Because I love…’ or ‘What if…’ and will be distilled and curated into a single long poem by Linda France. Artist Kate Sweeney will then bring the lines to life, making an animated film which will draw on our connection with this earth and each other at this extraordinary moment in time.

The launch of Murmuration will form part of Inside Writing, a digital poetry festival hosted by Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts at Newcastle University and featuring some of today’s most exciting poets responding directly to COVID-19.

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