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OmVed Gardens
Poetry Exploration Tour

A self-guided audio tour to discover the gardens
by Will Burns, Poet-in-Residence


Poet Will Burns invites you to take an interactive poetry tour with him to discover the space. Listen to seasonal poems written during his residency at Omved, inspired by the ever transitioning landscape of the gardens.


Take a moment to observe, reflect and listen. If you like, bring a pen and paper, follow Will's prompts and have a go at writing poetry of your own.


Stop 1
The Glasshouse

Seed Time, A Seasonal IntroductionWill Burns
00:00 / 01:08

Stop 2
The Path

The PathWill Burns
00:00 / 00:10
Listen to the author's prompt
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Stop 3
The Willow

The WillowWill Burns
00:00 / 00:10
Listen to the author's prompt

Stop 4
The Vegetable Garden

The Vegetable GardenWill Burns
00:00 / 00:10
Listen to the author's prompt

Stop 5
The Ponds

The PondsWill Burns
00:00 / 00:11
Listen to the author's prompt

About the Author


Will was born in London and lives in Buckinghamshire. He likes gardening, sports and birds and is Poet-In-Residence at Caught By The River. He was named as one of the 4 Faber & Faber New Poets for 2014 with his debut pamphlet, praised in The Guardian for its ‘quiet intelligence and subtle ways of seeing’, in that series published in October 2014. 2019 saw the release of Chalk Hill Blue, a collaborative recording made with the composer Hannah Peel, which set his poems to her music. The pair toured extensively, finishing the run with a sold-out night at the Barbican, which also featured a contribution from esteemed sound artist Chris Watson. Will’s first full collection, Country Music, was published with Offord Road Books in 2020, and his debut novel, The Paper Lantern, was published in July 2021 with Weidenfeld & Nicholson. He was named as one of The Observer’s Top 10 Debut Novelists of 2021.

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