Robert MacFarlane, author of ‘Landmarks’ visits Tale of Two Cities


Robert MacFarlane, nature writer and author of ‘Landmarks’ spent a generous afternoon visiting our Tale of Two Cities Landmark sowings at Everton Park, Liverpool on Thursday 16th June.  During his visit to Liverpool he took part in a workshop in St George’s Church, Everton with children from Our Lady Immaculate School. Robert listened with joy to the children’s own lexicon of words coming from their experiences with the wild flower seed sowing programme at the Landmark Everton site overlooking the City.  Robert also met with key artists and individuals who have been part of the Tale of Two Cities journey.


Moving off from the Everton site he went on to visit the Northern Flowerhouse Beach Hut at Liverpool’s famous waterfront. Part of the International Festival for Business the hut showcases the Tale of Two Cities Work so far and is hopefully a flagship for a new Landmark movement of wildflower sowing.

The author was then provided with a short tour of the National Wildflower Centre gardens with TO2C Project Manager Richard Scott.

He then praised the Tale of Two Cities project during his wonderful talk at the Tate Gallery later that night.

The Edge is the official fringe festival of IFB2016 and will run alongside the main festival from June 13th – July 1st.

The Beach Hut Project was conceived and curated by Metal.

Our Northern Flowerhouse is part of a lline of Beach Huts running along Liverpool Waterfront, occupied by artists, makers, poets, performers and entrepreneurs. Stretching from the Strand to the Exhibition Centre, the Huts will animate the area with performances, participatory workshops, conversations and ideas, providing a celebration of British Culture, new technologies, art and DIY enterprises. Future Station will provide the opportunity to meet the artists involved in the Beach Huts and to have a discussion about the impact of creative and digital industries and what we mean by the Northern Powerhouse.

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