As well as being a Research Fellow at the Department of Education, Oxford University, I studied for both my PGCE and DPhil there. I have particularly fond memories over the years of its garden, which was designed in the 1960s by Dame Sylvia Crowe. All the ecological principles she espoused and illustrated in her book Garden Design (first published in 1958) are intimately enacted in this courtyard-like space: unity, scale, space, time, light and shade, tone and texture. You can download a copy here.
The second poem – a kind of meditation on the college crest – was commissioned to mark the opening of the dining hall at Kellogg College, Oxford. The building previously housed part of the Pitt-Rivers ethnological collection.