Reading and Writing with a Tree

    Take a leaf out of Henry David Thoreau's book in this unique and interactive workshop in Merton Abbey Mills.

    Reading & Writing class

    3 hour class

    Beginners welcome

    Object Book, SW19

    What you'll learn

    Take a leaf out of Henry David Thoreau's book in this unique and interactive workshop in Merton Abbey Mills. Like the famous nature writer and poet, learn how your reading and writing practices are shaped by your environment, culminating in the production of your very own "tree text".

    In this class

    This workshop aims to explore how our reading and writing practices are influenced by the environments in which we practise them. The session will start by looking at 'tree texts' by other writers. You'll use cut-up, collage and adaptation techniques to re-work the texts, moving between indoor and outdoor environments. In the end, you'll produce your own unique 'tree text' influenced by the immersive experience.

    Object Book is an accessible and inclusive studio, but mobility - be it on foot or wheels - is required for this workshop to move between indoors and outdoors (Morden Hall Park).

    Under 16's can attend at a reduced rate of £14.

    Now you can

    • have some leafy inspiration for your next writing or art project
    • get in tune with the natural world and its influences
    • become more conscious of your physical surroundings in an increasingly digital age


    You'll leave with your own series of 'tree texts', which will culminate in a final tree piece. You'll also have a good excuse to head to Hyde Park or out to Epping Forest for some literary inspiration.


    This workshop can be done on its own, or paired with Part One in the morning: 'Exploding Human Language', also with Camilla Nelson

    Did you know?

    Thoreau lived in his famous cabin by Walden Pond for two years, two months and two days. He spent his time in the cabin gardening, chopping wood, rowing, fishing, playing the flute and meditating. If you too desire the "tonic of wildness" as Thoreau called it, then this workshop is perfect for you.

    There are no dates scheduled.

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    Class location

    Object Book, Merton

    Unit 12 The Long Shop, Merton Abbey Mills

    SW19 2RD


    About your host, Object Book

    Run by artist Chloe Spicer, Object Book is an experimental book arts studio in Merton that puts on artist workshops and events.

    Object Book is an alternative book makery and book arts studio, in residency at Merton Abbey Mills: a converted, 18th-century textile factory in Merton. The studio is run by Chloe Spicer, an artist, library curator and book lover trained in the art of handling rare books and archival materials. Check out Chloe's workshops to learn all manner of things from sculpting books into unique art pieces and making your own paper to using books as instruments!

    Find us:

    • Just a stone’s throw away from South Wimbledon and Colliers Wood stations.

    Contact host

    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.