Alan Titchmarsh reads from his new book for the Ilkley Manor House’s virtual activities


Gardener and Ilkley Manor House Trust Patron reads from his new poetry book, Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles for the Ilkley Manor House’s virtual programme of online activities.

Gardening guru, Alan Titchmarsh reads from his new poetry book, Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles for the Ilkley Manor House’s virtual programme of online activities.

Ilkley Manor House Trust patron, Alan Titchmarsh, has filmed a reading of his poem ‘Why does the Willow Weep?’ for the Ilkley Manor House at Home series of online poetry and story readings.  Written to be read aloud Alan recorded the poem in the garden of his home, which is will be published across the Manor House’s social media platforms on Wednesday 3 June.

Sarah Thomas, Chair of the Ilkley Manor House Trust said “The Ilkley Manor House at Home programme has been very popular, especially the spoken word videos from poets and authors, so we were thrilled when Alan agree to be involved.

Although lockdown has meant that the Manor House is unable to physically open our doors, we have continued to grow and develop our online offer for our ‘visitors’. Alan has always been a keen supporter of the Manor House, and so, his poetry reading is a wonderful addition to our programme.”

Described as “The perfect bedside book for the green-fingered” Marigolds, Myrtle And Moles, is Alan’s first book of poetry aimed at the green-fingered.

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