Wednesday, 21 September 2016

POETRY WORKSHOP with Geraldine Green, Carlisle Cathedral, 3pm-5pm October 8th, 2016, Borderlines Book Festival Carlisle

Geraldine at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, Coniston, Cumbria

POETRY PLEASE! Evening reading, The Fratry Carlisle Cathedral

Poetry Please! 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Fratry Carlisle Cathedral, tickets £5

In the evening Geraldine, co-editor Nick Pemberton and Indigo Dreams poet Kerry Darbsihire are among those reading from the anthology WATERSHED, created to raise money for The Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Recovery Fund. So far almost £800 has been raised. Copies of WATERSHED will be on sale in The Fratry, tickets £5, money raised goes towards the Flood Recovery Fund.

You can download the festival programme from  The Poetry Please! event is on page 15 and my poetry workshop is on page 23.

Find out more about Geraldine here

Read reviews of Geraldine's poetry here:

Two more poetry events during the Borderlines Book Festival:

Tuesday, 20 September 2016


Come and join us! and write with us on the farm. A wonderful upland farm set between the Lakes and the Dales 10.30AM-4.30PM £35 incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, waterproof footwear and clothing as part of the afternoon session takes place outside.

All welcome!

2017 Spring-Summer Dates:

18th Feb - poetry and music: morning session with Christine and her harp
18th March
22nd April
20th May
24th June

You can read more about the Write on the Farm workshops on my previous blogs, as well as on Christine Cochrane's blog 'Harping On'. I'm delighted that Christine will be co-tutoring a poetry and harp session with me at the farm in February 2017.

photos: copyright Geraldine Green 17.9.2016

Saturday, 10 September 2016

EXPLORING POETIC FORMS - Poetry Workshop with Geraldine Green

H403 | Exploring Poetic Forms *COURSE RUNNING* with Dr Geraldine Green
Course Type: Daytime
Day: Thursday
Duration: 10 weeks; 10am-12pm, starting 29/09/2016
Rating: Open to All
Location: Dallam Community, Heversham, LA7 7EH
Fees A/B A:£76 | B:£38
Which Fee? Fee A = Full fee Fee B = Concessions

Dallam Community, Heversham, LA7 7EH
Tel: 015395 65956 Email:

Our mailing address is: 
Dallam Community
Dallam Community
HevershamCumbria LA7 7EH
United Kingdom


Come and join me, Kerry Darbishire and Kim Moore, November 3rd at Brantwood Coniston Cumbria!

An evening of poetry, pie and pea supper and an open mic... what could be better!

7pm Supper

8pm - Geraldine Kerry and Kim 15 minutes each

845pm-9pm - short break

9pm-930pm 6 x 5 mins. open mic

November 3rd 2016 - put the date in your diary!

Further information and booking through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Geraldine Green, poet, tutor, editor and mentor

UK poet and writer-in-residence at Brantwood Coniston Cumbria former home of John Ruskin, Geraldine Green has performed widely in the UK, North America, Italy and Greece. 

She began writing poetry after undertaking a BA Joint Hons. Degree in Imaginative Writing/Literature Life and Thought at Liverpool John Moores University, where she gained a First Class Honours Degree. Fired up by her venture into the academic and creative writing worlds, Geraldine undertook a Research Diploma exploring the influence of the land on the poetry of Emily Bronte.

On moving back to Cumbria she continued her academic and creative writing through Lancaster University where she was awarded an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing Poetry followed by a PhD in Creative Writing Poetry, also at Lancaster University.

Her work has been widely anthologised in the UK, US and Italy. She’s had four poetry pamphlet collections published through Flarestack Publications, Palores Publications and Swarthmoor Hall Press. Her two full poetry collections titled: The Other Side of the Bridge and Salt Road, were published by Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd. in 2012 and 2013.

Geraldine’s enthusiasm for poetry shines through in her workshops and courses. Says Geraldine “My passion is for sharing poetry as widely as possible, preferably introducing it to people who perhaps normally shy away from it. My feeling is that poetry, indeed all the performing arts, should be grass-roots led, forming a community, a communality if you will, whereby people gain support and encouragement – as well as being entertained and as fired up as I am about it.”

2015 saw her celebrate ten years of poetry tours in North America at readings that included: The Woody Guthrie Festival Okemah Oklahoma, where she and other poets had the honour of having their work accompanied by internationally known musician David Amram.  Geraldine has also performed alongside Beat Poet Michael McClure in Oakland California, at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Long Island, the Bowery Poetry Club New York City and the William Carlos Williams Center, New Jersey. She regularly reads and co-tutors workshops with New York poet George Wallace.

UK events include reading with Jacob Polley at the Wordsworth Trust, George Wallace for Apples and Snakes Cornwall and the Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea, Penelope Shuttle Cornwall and alongside Jerome Rothenberg at a Kurt Schwitters’ Celebration Ambleside. and Saxophonist Jess Gillam Finalist of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year 2016.

An experienced freelance creative writing tutor Geraldine runs regular creative writing residential courses and workshops at a variety of places in the UK, including Brantwood where she is currently writer-in-residence, for Cumbria Wildlife Trust and for The National Trust. She’s also worked with artists and musicians including ARne Richards and Isabel Knowland of the Oxford Concert Party, digital and visual artists and a photographer.

Geraldine has also had the honour of presenting a Paper on Ecopoetics in the Work of John Clare and Aldo Leopold for the South West Texas Popular Culture Committee Albuquerque; given a talk for for Cumbrian's Women Police Officers in Keswick; and presented a Paper at a Conference on the Work of Lawrence Durrell, Corfu

Currently working on her new, as yet unpublished, collection, Passing Through, Geraldine recently co-edited an anthology titled Watershed, a collection of poetry and prose from Cumbrian writers written in response to the 2015 December Floods. Proceeds from the sale of anthology and related readings go to The Cumbrian Community Foundation Flood Recovery Appeal.

Former sessional teacher in creative writing at Cumbria University and the University of Lancaster, she is now a freelance creative writing tutor, writer, poetry editor and mentor. Geraldine tutors creative writing workshops for Adult Education, Dallam School, Dallam

Geraldine is an associate editor of Poetry Bay

This poet takes her place in contemporary poetry with work that shines with joy in and respect for language.  The vitality of life’s many experiences are evoked here with all the senses. - Penelope Shuttle

You can read four prose poems from her latest (unpublished) collection Passing Through here: Passing through

and from Salt Road published by Indigo Dreams, here:

Review of Geraldine's poetry by Penelope Shuttle:

Geraldine Green’s passion for and knowledge of the natural world and its spiritual energies has its roots and takes its cue from home ground, her native Cumbria.  She has noted her ‘long and deep connection’ with Cumbria. She draws inspiration from light over water, tidal energy, the intent of the land combined with rich tellings of family and local memory.  But her poems and prose-poems also travel the roads and the seas:  from Cumbria to Kansas, New Mexico, Spain, Greece, New York, Skye and Turkey.  

This poet takes her place in contemporary poetry with work that shines with joy in and respect for language.  The vitality of life’s many experiences are evoked here with all the senses.

Penelope Shuttle

and by Graham Mort:

"Geraldine Green’s poems are alert to landscape, seasons, rootedness that draws from deep aquifers of language, change that flits like cloud shadows across the page. Some seemed light as thistle heads but proved enduringly strong, rich with seed. As I read, I almost expected goldfinches to feed alongside me with their otherworldly attentiveness. But that attentiveness was all hers." - Graham Mort

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WRITE ON THE FARM! September-November 2016

WRITE ON THE FARM – September 17th 2016, with Geraldine Green

Here’s the workshop outline for the day:

10.15am - gather in Jane’s farmhouse kitchen for refreshments
10.30am - welcome and intro
10.45am – 11.45am (approx.) - 3 x writing prompts, a warm up and two others
11.45am - Short Break (if required)
12-12.30 (approx.) Song, Bones & Lemons – close reading of 2 x poems by Marsha de la O; group discussion followed by writing prompt/s
12.45pm-1.30pm  approx - LUNCH - please bring own lunch
1.30pm-2.30pm (approx.) outdoor session with writing prompts
2.30pm - short break followed by quiet writing time.
3.30pm-4.30pm - group feedback on your own poem/prose - no more than TWO sides of A4 please! Please bring six copies.
Plus readback/feedback of work written during the day.

£35, incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, waterproof footwear and clothing.

Next workshops: October 22nd
November 19th: 'Harp on the Farm', which I’m co-tutoring with poet, writer and harpist Christine Cochrane.

2017: February-June - dates to be confirmed - watch this space!

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you!

Geraldine Green 6.9.2016

photos by Geraldine Green

Sunday, 4 September 2016


Waterhead Coniston 27.10.2015, photo by Geraldine Green

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, former home of John Ruskin is the perfect place whether you have a writing project you’re working on or just need time and space away from the busyness of life to step back and gain some inspiration and quietly reflect.  

The tranquil grounds and gardens of Brantwood, stunning views across Coniston Water to the Old Man and Dow Crag, log fires, wonderful food all provide the ideal writers retreat. There will be time for solitude and also the company and conversation of other writers. 

Co-tutor Graham will give a reading with Geraldine on Tuesday evening. You’re all welcome to share a poem or two, as well on Wednesday evening when the Group give a reading to the tutors.

Mentoring - The Retreat also gives you an opportunity for one-to-one mentoring with Graham Mort and Geraldine Green, plus informal discussions with Graham and Geraldine. 

Cost: £260 
This includes evening meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Residential and non-residential options are available. The Lodge at Brantwood accommodates nine people in four double or twin-bedded rooms and one single. There are also local farmhouse Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and the YHA in and around Coniston village.

Residential option:
The Lodge at Brantwood has been newly refurbished to provide accommodation for those attending our courses. It sleeps up to 9 people in 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms and a single room, located on the ground and upper floors, with a shared kitchen/diner and living room, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms and a separate toilet. The Lodge enjoys wonderful views across Coniston Water to the fells. A self-service breakfast is provided in the Lodge as part of the rate.

Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Lodge at Brantwood:
BandB accommodation is available for those participating in Brantwood's courses. Staying at Brantwood is one of the delights of studying here, spending time in good company and immersing yourself in the whole experience. Brantwood Lodge has been newly refurbished and will sleep up to 9 people, with 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms and a single room. 

The Lodge enjoys wonderful views across Coniston Water. There is a communal kitchen/diner/living room with a wood burning stove. You can bathe in Ruskin's bath! 

The BandB rate is £50 per person per room/£35 per person shared occupancy/£35 per night single room. Breakfast is provided in the kitchen for guests to help themselves to cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt. Accommodation can also be booked for partners in double/twin rooms at the same BandB rate. 

Booking through Brantwood
Pre-booking is essential. Tel: 015394 41396 

information on the writers can be found here:

Geraldine Green

Some sessions take place outdoors - please bring suitable footwear and clothing

Writers' Retreat: The Lodge, Brantwood, October Course 2015

Monday 3rd October

1pm - Gather at The Lodge for refreshments, Geraldine, Graham and Rachel will be there to meet you and show you your rooms

1.45pm - Meet in The Schoolroom in the Main House where writing workshops will take place

2pm - Welcome and Introduction with Graham and Geraldine

2pm - 4pm - Writing prompts given by Graham and Geraldine, using the grounds and house as stimuli

Break at appropriate point in writing workshop

4pm-5pm – Quiet writing time in The Schoolroom

5pm-6.30pm - Free time, followed by evening meal in with The Lodge or in Brantwood Café 

Tuesday 4th October
9.30am - 11am - writing exercises in The Schoolroom with Geraldine

11am-11.15am - Break

11.15am -12.30 - writing exercises in The Schoolroom with Graham - followed by read back and feedback of one piece of writing produced during the morning session

1pm-2pm – Lunch in Brantwood Café 

2pm-3pm - Outdoor Reflective Walk, writing prompts given by Geraldine (optional)

3pm-3.15pm - Break, in Schoolroom

3.15pm-4.30pm - Quiet writing time in Schoolroom (read back/feedback if time)

4.30pm-6.30pm - Free time

6.30pm - Gather at The Lodge
7pm -  Evening Meal in The Lodge followed by reading by Graham and Geraldine

Wednesday 5th October
9.30am-11am - writing exercises with Graham

11am-11.15am - Break

11.15am-12.30pm – writing exercises with Geraldine

12.30pm-1pm - feedback/readback of one piece of writing produced during the morning session

1pm-2pm - Lunch at Brantwood Cafe

2pm-6.30pm - Free Writing and Reflective time 

2pm-3.30pm - One to one tutorials with Geraldine and Graham (optional), 15 minutes slots: Geraldine 2pm-2.45pm
Graham 2.45pm-3.30pm

6.30pm - Gather at The Lodge

7pm - Evening meal in The Lodge followed by Group reading of own work, ideally written during the course or a poem/prose piece already written (5 minutes each)

Thursday 6th October
10am-11.30am - One to one tutorials with Graham and Geraldine (optional), 15 minute slots: Graham 10am-10.45am; Geraldine 10.45am-11.30am

11.30am-11.45am - Break

11.45am-12.30pm - Group readback and feedback of work written during course. Complete feedback forms.

12.30pm-2pm Lunch in Brantwood Café and depart

View from Brantwood October Writers Retreat 2015, photo by Geraldine Green