The Willows

In 2022, Michael was invited to contribute to a new writing project taking place between Nottingham and Baghdad as two UNESCO Cities of Literature. New Perspectives have paired an artist from each city together, highlighting connecting themes. Writers from the UK and Iraq have drawn inspiration from each other to each create a new and original piece, with a focus on storytelling/theatre and poetry. The final duets will feature on an audio podcast episode released as part of an hour long ‘album’ – a listening experience that will be made available globally; in English and Iraq/Kurdish translations. Continuing ongoing research into trees, Michael’s piece reflects on Willow Trees, combining aboriculture with autobiography, place-writing with poetry.