Painting Paradise

Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The Poetry Society, in association with the Royal Collection Trust, commissioned a new poem from Alice Oswald, to be inspired by the exhibition Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden, showing at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London until 11 October 2015. The poem ‘Shadow’, written by Alice as a response to Paradise Lost, and which describes the shadow of the Devil travelling over the land, was premiered at an event held at the gallery on 25 June 2015. You can read a review of the event by Ruth Wiggins on her website.

A film of the poem has been commissioned by The Poetry Society from De Facto Films, which you can watch online now.

'Shadow' print by Alice Oswald.Limited Edition Print

Published in an edition of 300, a limited edition print of ‘Shadow’ by Alice Oswald has been designed by Kevin Mount and is published by The Letter Press in association with The Poetry Society.

Each print has been folded by hand and is supplied in a specially stamped envelope, signed by the poet.

You can buy a copy for just £7 (£5 for Poetry Society Members).

In the Realms of Gold with Kei Miller

The Poetry Society and Royal Collection Trust also commissioned new work from Forward Prize-winning poet Kei Miller for an earlier event at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, In the Realms of Gold. You can find out more about the new poem ‘Place Name: Oracabessa’ on our website.