Black Ven Poetry

I run events under the professional name Black Ven Poetry – creating walks, workshops, retreats and running creative community projects that invite active participation (in small or large numbers) in response to sites or local themes. I’m interested in language and patterns and the unending flow of process and all things relating to a deepening connection to the land.

I work with local museums, libraries, schools and memory cafes to encourage all ages and abilities to engage with the homecoming that is being in nature outdoors, to guide and encourage the river of poetry within us all through creative prompts and artistic freedom to play, encouraging creative expression and inspiring courage to speak and write with authentic voice. I’ve noticed in my workshops that disrupting creative blockages, and building confidence in creative writing and poetry can really shift energy, break the chains that bind potential, and transform.


I’m a wanderer of many miles and years, my own poetry explores the journey of the heart in its quest between ports; always looking for the sundial shadow of belonging and love, venturing a course true north.

I study artists, thinkers, storytellers and poets who show us what it is to be human in a more than human world, who honour dead languages and sleeping warriors, lost species and old names. I listen on the wind and follow music that carves beauty from chaos in its reverberation, combing the mundane from the everyday in trembling dawns of birdsong. I find friends in rock and stone, read and attend the teachings of great poets and myth, sit at the feet of great forests and trees, navigate by the sky-dictionary.

I am for writing and activism that serves with humility and beauty, crafted for the purpose of sharing, healing, teaching and tendering kindness to the earth, community and ourselves. I am for creative process as an essential means of communication and expression in the deep “heart-work” (Rilke*) that connects us to what really matters in our lives now.

Somewhere there is always hope, somewhere there is a always kingdom to defend, a battled-sword with a big story to tell, and a star to navigate by. And love. And love. And love.

“And so I appeal to a voice, to something shadowy,
a remote important region in all who talk:
though we could fool each other, we should consider—
lest the parade of our mutual life get lost in the dark.

For it is important that awake people be awake,
or a breaking line may discourage them back to sleep;
the signals we give—yes or no, or maybe—
should be clear: the darkness around us is deep.”


A Ritual to Read to Each Other, William Stafford

Sarah Acton, April 2019

*“The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.”  (Rainer Maria Rilke)

25 thoughts on “Black Ven Poetry

  1. Hi,

    I’ve been visiting your website a few times and decided to give you some positive feedback because I find it very useful. Well done.

    I was wondering if you as someone with experience of creating a useful website could help me out with my new site by giving some feedback about what I could improve?

    You can find my site by searching for “casino gorilla” in Google (it’s the gorilla themed online casino comparison).

    I would appreciate if you could check it out quickly and tell me what you think.

    Thank you for help and I wish you a great week!

  2. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning
    this article and also the rest of the website is extremely good.

  3. Great article! That is the type of information that are supposed to be shared around the internet.

    Shame on the search engines for not positioning this put up upper!

    Come on over and visit my web site . Thank you =)

  4. Whats up very cool blog!! Guy .. Beautiful ..
    Superb .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also?
    I’m happy to search out a lot of helpful information right here in the post, we need work out extra techniques
    on this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  5. I’m really loving the theme/design of your website.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility problems?
    A couple of my blog audience have complained about my site not operating
    correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.

    Do you have any advice to help fix this problem?

  6. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your excellent post.
    Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks!

  7. My family always say that I am killing my time here at web, except I know I am getting experience everyday by reading thes nice articles
    or reviews.

  8. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask
    if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.

    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10
    to 15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?
    Appreciate it!

  9. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it
    was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it
    up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any recommendations for beginner blog writers?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  10. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put
    in penning this website. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well.

    In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my
    own website now ;)

  11. It’s truly very complex in this active life to listen news on TV, therefore I just use internet for that reason, and obtain the hottest news.

  12. You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation however I in finding
    this topic to be actually something that I feel I would never understand.
    It kind of feels too complex and very vast for
    me. I’m looking ahead on your next post, I’ll try to get the
    cling of it!

  13. I believe that is among the most vital information for
    me. And i’m glad studying your article. But should remark on some basic issues, The web site taste is
    great, the articles is in point of fact excellent :
    D. Just right process, cheers

  14. Appreciating the time and energy you put into your website and
    detailed information you offer. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the
    same old rehashed material. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my
    Google account.

  15. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest
    but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your
    site to come back in the future. All the best

  16. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.

    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo
    News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

  17. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy.

    I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or advice.
    Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read more things about it!

  18. I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your content.

    The article has truly peaked my interest. I’m going to bookmark your blog and
    keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

  19. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done an impressive job and our entire community
    will be thankful to you.

  20. I am truly happy to read this weblog posts
    which includes lots of helpful information, thanks for providing these kinds of information.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.