A WALK will connect the work of famous Gloucestershire writer Laurie Lee and the landscape of the Slad Valley that inspired him.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will unveil the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way, a six-mile circular walk around the Slad Valley, the setting for Laurie Lee’s novel Cider with Rosie, this summer.
The circular walk takes in four of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, including Laurie Lee Wood which opened last year.
It will include 10 ‘poetry posts’ featuring poems by Lee inspired by the Gloucestershire landscape.
Musician and author, Cerys Matthews, who has written the foreword for the new edition of Cider with Rosie, will unveil the poetry posts and launch the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way on June 26 – marking the centenary of the author’s birth.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts’ annual Walk 4 Wildlife will take in a selection of the poetry posts and part of the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way on Sunday June 8.
The posts have been funded by the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust Company.
A self-guided walk leaflet will accompany the Laurie Lee Wildlife Way launched alongside three new interpretation boards in the trust’s Slad Valley nature reserves.
Laurie Lee spent his childhood in the Slad Valley.
Centenary celebrations continue all year and include music, poetry readings, workshops, walks and special events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in October.
Many of these events are based in and around Stroud.
To find out more information visit the centenary page at laurielee.org or see gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk