The name says it all, doesn’t it? Whispering Trees….
But picture this, if you will: You are strolling in the gardens of the beautiful writers’ centre, Varuna House, or maybe outside the iconic Carrington Hotel, both in Katoomba, a town situated in the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia.
Maybe you are on your lunch hour, about to sit on a bench in the park, or perhaps you are a visitor to the Blue Mountains, enjoying the sites. After all, they are renowned for their spectacular views and bush walks, and it’s a beautiful day.
As you walk past a tree, you hear a voice, music, sounds, and you pause to listen. It’s a poem, it’s a story. It’s amusing, it’s romantic, it’s wistful, it’s funny. It’s sad. It’s beautiful.
It’s just for you. And when you walk on, the poem fades away. But no matter, there’s another one around the corner.
Whispering Trees is a storytelling project conceived as public sound installation by Solange Kershaw and Damian Castaldi in conjunction with five local writers and poets: Craig Billingham, Emma Brazil, Amanda Kaye, Vanessa Kirkpatrick and Mark O’Flynn and our project partner, Varuna, The Writers’ House.