There is a place beyond the trees – Blue Monday Community Poetry Project

As the end of last year brought its usual reflections on the preceding twelve months, we found ourselves thinking of how the uncertainty and isolation of this period is potentially affecting the mental health of many. As creative types, we are also sensitive to how crucial arts and entertainment can be to emotional well-being.

With this in mind, we have worked with the local community to put together an ensemble reading of the poem ‘There Is a Place Beyond the Trees’ by Anthony Briscoe, a piece which highlights the hardships of life but also emphasises the joy and relief that will follow as we fight ourselves out of the grip of our struggles. A reflection of the adage that “It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth”, we want to offer this message of hope and encouragement to our audience and reaffirm the joy that can be found in life.

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