Wild Longings

Wild Longings

A sensuous horticultural journey celebrating diversity, interconnectivity and survival in times of upheaval and change.

Wild Longings invites audiences on a lush 80-minute garden tour sown with stories of transformation and planted with conservation tips, spiced with song and enriched with conversation about how we might provide succour to each other and the environment.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 11-13 May
2 Degrees Festival 1-3 June
Knotty, Hastings 8-9 June

How might creative acts of rooting and uprooting help sustain the nurture of things we hold dear?

Audiences learn hands-on conservation skills from raconteur Leslie Hill, hear a passionate ode to the transgender Fortingall Yew by Helen Paris and enjoy a fantasia of song by chanteuse Claudia Barton.

by Helen Paris

Timeless you
weather millennia then
Branch out
Three red berries
A sudden ellipsis
Your transition …
From he to she.
Strong limbs splayed
Open to the possibility
Of change
In the next millennium.
Rooting for a future
Fecund, female and free
from the Picts, Celts, Romans
hewing yew for longbows –
the constant brawl
of patriarchy.
A fairytale promise
Laced with poison
Plumps your fruit
Blood red. Ready.

Wild Yew berry branch
Wild Longings



Wild Longings has been created through a rich interdisciplinary collaboration with Dr Sue Rhee, director of the Plant Biology Department at the Carnegie Institution for Science and with Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, who generously funded this work through a Venture Award. The work was co-commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival and is produced by Artsadmin.