The Listening Forest

August to April 2015


The Listening Forest is an artists’ book of drawings, stories and poems made and collected by Sophie Herxheimer in conversation with people and nature around Corby, published as the culmination of her residency with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art in 2015.

Following it’s launch in the clearing in Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods in Corby, Sophie’s beautiful book is available to buy for only £11.50 (inc P&P). Please email to register an interest.


We invited artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer to be an Artist in Residence in Rockingham Forest, Corby from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015, after her successful residency in Barnwell Country Park in 2013. Assuming the role of a Creative Consultant this residency marked the first step towards all sorts of potential future interventions in the woods.

For the Launch Event, on Sunday 3 August, Sophie set up a drawing and listening den in the log cabin at East Carlton Countryside Park and invited everyone to tell her about what goes on in the woods; from memories to imaginings; from scary woodland encounters with beasts or neighbours, to local gossip; from fungi knowledge to jam recipes, foraging and picnics.

Throughout her residency, Sophie talked, walked and worked with dog walkers, anglers, twitchers, volunteers and all who use the enduring areas of the ancient Rockingham Forest in Corby, with the aim of creating her exciting publication: The Listening Forest; a tourist guide with a twist, containing emotional maps and personal stories, alongside the wonderful reality with its trees and pathways.

Sophie’s residency was the result of a collaboration between Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Corby’s Woodlands Friends Groups, Corby Community Arts, and Corby Borough Council.

The project was funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts and Northamptonshire County Council.


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