Monday, 31 October 2016

Poetry Courses and Writers' Retreat Brantwood Coniston June and October 2017

Brantwood Jetty, October 6th 2016

Two really lovely writing courses held again this year, with co-tutor Pippa Little on our Midsummer Poetry Course June 2016 and Graham Mort on our Writers' Retreat October this year. Big thanks to both tutors for making Brantwood such a wonderful venue for creative writing!

Dates for next year:

Midsummer Poetry Course 15th-17th June 2017 (with Geraldine Green and Pippa Little)

October Writers' Retreat October 9th-12th 2017 (with Geraldine Green, co-tutor to be confirmed)

The Lodge and Brantwood June 2016

Hope to see you at Brantwood next year!

Sunday, 30 October 2016



Join us at Brantwood Coniston, former home of John Ruskin, for a weekend of poetry, good food, views and company. The course will run from 2pm Friday 24th June to 2pm Sunday 26th June 2015. 

Using a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing will be produced. There will be an opportunity for group feedback at the end of each session and one-to-one tutorials with the tutors on Sunday morning. 

The gardens and grounds of Brantwood, with views across the Lake to Coniston Old Man Dow Crag and Coppermines Valley, are an ideal setting for a weekend writing course. Course participants are also welcome to look around the house free of charge during the weekend. 

This includes evening meals on Thursday and Friday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Accommodation cost:to be confirmed:
Bed and Breakfast 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 to be confirmed. 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. 

Further information and booking is available through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396 
early booking is advisable!

Information on the tutors can be found here:


THURSDAY 15TH JUNE - 1pm at The Lodge: Welcome to Brantwood!

1pm – Geraldine, Pippa and Rachel to meet participants at The Lodge for refreshments. Anyone arriving before 1pm is welcome to look round Brantwood, its house and gardens. Maps of the grounds are available, please ask at Reception.

1.45pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, Brantwood, situated next to The Studio (signposted) for Welcome and Introduction to the Course. Pippa and Geraldine to explain the timetable for the weekend.

Fire exits shown by green arrows. Toilets can be found next to the Schoolroom and also by the Linton Room, situated between the Lodge and Main House.

2-3.15pm – Introduction and Welcome followed by writing prompts

3.15 – 3.30pm: Break for coffee/tea

3.30-5pm – Writing prompts continued

5-6.30pm – Free time to enjoy the grounds and/or rest

6.30pm - Gather at The Lodge 

7pm – Dinner in Brantwood Cafe situated close to the Lodge

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE – Meet in The Schoolroom

9.30-11am – writing exercises using a variety of stimuli to produce new writing

11-11.15am – Break

11.15am – 12.30pm – writing exercises continued

12.30-1.30pm – LUNCH at Brantwood Cafe. 

1.30-3.15pm - Outdoor writing session/reflective walk.

3.15-3.30pm – Break, tea/coffee in The Schoolroom

3.30-4.30pm - Time to write up a poem produced from the writing exercises 

4.30-6pm – Free time

6pm - meet back at The Lodge

6.30pm - Evening meal in Brantwood Cafe

8-9pm – Evening Reading by Pippa, Geraldine and the Group in Brantwood Cafe 

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE - Meet in The Schoolroom

10-11.30am – Writing exercises, plus one to one tutorials 

11.30-11.45am – Break

11.45-1pm - Writing exercises plus one to one tutorials 

1pm-2pm  – light lunch at Brantwood Cafe and Depart

Please note: the Group is welcome to look round the House and Grounds over the weekend. Thank you and welcome!

photos by Geraldine Green (copyright)

Saturday, 29 October 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:

25th 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

Friday, 28 October 2016


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 

Thursday, 27 October 2016



A wonderful experience, poetry on the National Trust's SY Gondola! First of the film clips here:

June 18th - Write on the Gondola" £35 incudes trip on Steam Boat Gondola, Coniston and afternoon of writing/sharing at Brantwood Coniston - 10 places max. fully booked - reserve list of 6 people welcome! please message or email me, thanks.

To book a place and get directions: Please email me, or send me a message on facebook

You can find out more on my blog Salt Road, link here:

and more about me, here:


June 18th 2016, 10am-4pm, with Geraldine Green

Brantwood, East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD. Directions and map to Brantwood below:

9.45am - 10am -  Meet and park at Brantwood car park at 10am at the latest, car share to Coniston Pier Lake Road Coniston LA21 8AN to board the Gondola.  Google map below for SY Gondola, Coniston Pier:

Coniston Pier, Lake 8A
11am-1pm – Board the Gondola from Coniston Pier, returning to the Gondola Launch Pier at Coniston Pier at 1pm

1pm – return drive to Brantwood for lunch followed by afternoon of quiet writing time. Note: you can if you like enjoy your lunch on the Gondola.

Please bring packed lunch and hot drink as these aren’t included in the £35 workshop fee.

1.15pm-2pm (approx.) – Lunch – either your own packed lunch, or at Brantwood Café

2pm-3pm – Quiet writing time in the Loft next to the Coachman’s Quarters above Brantwood Café.

3pm-3.15pm – Break (tea/coffee provided and included in workshop fee)

3.15-4pm readback/feedback; more writing prompts if time

Brantwood Café closes at 5pm. We might like to end the day with tea & scones on the terrace. This is optional and not included in the cost of the workshop.

Note: writing prompts and handouts provided by Geraldine for the Gondola Trip

Cost of workshop: £35 includes Gondola trip, workshop and tea/coffee in the Loft above the Coachman’s Quarters during the afternoon.

Lunch not included. Please bring own packed lunch, or you can buy lunch and/or afternoon tea at Brantwood café

The National Trust would like to use writing created on the day to promote the Gondola, crediting the work to the writers and with the writers’ permission

See you on the 18th!
Geraldine Green109.6.2016

Friday, 7 October 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

Wednesday, 5 October 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: