Vert Institute

for art events and writing

Kay Syrad & Chris Drury


Making a journal

 diurnalis jurnal diurnal

Using examples from both writers and artists, this course will explore the ritual of making a journal, which could be anything from writing haiku at 5pm each weekday to gathering an object every day for a year. We will start with an afternoon looking at an exciting range of historical and contemporary journals, and then meet more or less fortnightly between November and March, continuing to explore different styles and forms whilst supporting you in starting and sustaining your own winter journal. All welcome.

Chris Drury from Medicine wheel

Chris Drury from Medicine wheel

    Erica Van Horn

Erica Van Horn

Introductory session: Sunday 1st November 2.30 – 6.30pm

 then 8 sessions on Sundays, 4.00 – 6.30pm

(starting with afternoon tea)

 15/29th November; 13th December; 10/24th January; 7th/21st February; 6th March

 With Guest Speakers on 15th November & 21st February

 Cost for all 9 sessions: £130


+Day retreats for writers

We can offer you a room with a desk in our peaceful house for the day. Here you can write and think and daydream, have refreshments and lunch brought to you, plus the option of an hour’s mentoring. Weekdays or weekends, between 9.30 am – 6pm, by arrangement. £40


Vert Institute, established in 2015, operates from our house and studio on the edge of Vert Wood near the village of Laughton. The aim of the Institute is to offer unusual and stimulating art and writing events and workshops based on the creative ideas and experience of poet-novelist Kay Syrad and world-renowned land artist Chris Drury. Events and workshops will be offered at various points throughout the year, always with a basis in ideas about and embodied experience of inside|outside, microcosm| macrocosm, and nature|culture. The programme may include walks and opportunities for making work outside, small exhibitions, talks and performances, and a variety of writing workshops.