Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Feedback on workshops and courses

Write on the Farm workshop, archeological dig, 24th June 2017

It would be lovely to see you at one - or more! - of my workshops and courses. To tempt you, here's some feedback I've received over the past 15 years:

"Brantwood, still the best poetry party in town!" from one very happy participant on last August's poetry course at Brantwood. Plenty more wonderful feedback from Brantwood participants to be added here!

Feedback received from Suffolk Poetry Society members:

"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the workshop - I found it inspiring and supportive, and you are so warm and such fun as well... thank you so much. I hope to work with you in the future."

"Thank you for a wonderful workshop... and thanks for saying you don’t mind me ‘borrowing’ some of your ideas. I particularly loved the foreign language activity. Genius!"

“About fifteen of us enjoyed a stimulating poetry workshop with Geraldine Green last Friday. The workshop took place at UCS, and was followed by a delicious meal, poetry reading by Geraldine and Open Mic session at Arlington's in Ipswich. 

The day of poetry was organised by Ian Griffiths and The Suffolk Poetry Society. I, for one, came away with pages of draft poems and raw material on subjects as diverse as gooseberries and the Caryatids on the Erechtheion in Athens!

Geraldine's relaxed approach gave us the confidence to experiment, and we enjoyed sharing our efforts - and making new friends in the process. I never cease to be amazed (and impressed!) by the care and neat hand writing employed by some poets in their initial phase of drafting.” – Caroline Gill

and some more rather lovely things about my workshops!

“I've been on Geraldine's face-to-face and online workshops and have also booked her to lead several workshops in the past. All her workshops that I've been to have been inspirational so I highly recommend her as a workshop facilitator. She brings her poetry expertise and knowledge to the workshops so I always come away with poems that I’ve written, but also names of interesting poets to read more of.  

Another thing I love is that Geraldine creates a lovely supportive group in her workshops and manages to include everyone regardless of whether they are experienced or a beginner or have learning disabilities.” - Carol Ross Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

"I thought the (National Trust Create by the Lake) workshop was very well facilitated, you [Geraldine] really encouraged participants to think creatively and to feel comfortable with sharing what they had produced. 

You have a lovely manner with people and we would definitely call on your expertise again with future creative writing events. I really look forward to working with you again in the future. I think it's great to do really creative activities in the outdoors, it worked really well on the site. The only thing that people said in their feedback was more time, so we'll have to think about that again in the future!" -

Naomi Hewitt Project Manager, National Trust Derwentwater Foreshore Project, Keswick, Cumbria

Feedback emailed to me from Anna Turner, from a poetry workshop I ran in October for Calderdale Reader Development and
 the Ted Hughes Festival, Hebden Bridge  In response to the question: "Was there anything you particularly liked about the day?” The following responses were received:
“Giving and receiving feedback from everyone in the groups – esp. Geraldine’s workshop. Everyone feeling confident to comment and risk.”

“Geraldine’s workshop was very warm and friendly”

“I enjoyed the afternoon writing exercises with Geraldine Green”

“Great group with Geraldine Green!”

and some lovely feedback from participants on two 2014 residential creative writing courses: 

JUNE 2014, BODY PARTS with Penelope Shuttle and Geraldine Green Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston, and

SUMMER SOLTICE POETRY with NY poet George Wallace and Geraldine Green Brantwood Coniston  

- Plus very positive things to say about both venues, Swarthmoor Hall and Brantwood Coniston:

Did the workshop meet your expectations? More than! It was a lovely group of people

Would you recommend it to others? Unreservedly!

Which aspects of the workshop did you like most? Everything!

Geraldine & Penny were fab 5 star tutors

Were the handouts helpful?
·      Yes!
·      More than helpful they were great!

Were the workshops well planned by the tutors?
·      Absolutely!
·      Brilliant!
·      Yes, and very stimulating

Did you enjoy them?
·      Yes, and challenging too

Would you come on this workshop again?
·      Definitely
·      Yes!
·      Yes

Where did you find out about the workshop?
·      Geraldine. I came last year and wanted to come again.
·      From a previous workshop with Geraldine
·      From the internet
·      From Facebook
·      From Penny

Which aspects of the workshop did you like most? The group warmth and collaboration, the fast exercises, i.e. the immediate, time-limited tasks

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!
Yes, for these tutors.

In overall terms did the workshop meet your expectations?
·      Yes, exceeded!
·      100% and more!
·      Exceeded!

Any final thoughts?

·      I feel stimulated and supported, thank you!
·      Thank you so much. I have learned such a lot in 3 days! You have given me the tools and inspiration to move on with my writing. I leave excited, inspired and pen poised. Thank you.

Please contact me via Poetry PF www.poetrypf.co.uk 
if you're interested in my running a creative writing workshop/residential, giving a reading or a talk - thanks.

Monday, 13 November 2017


near Lake Bank Coniston 15th October 2017, photo copyright Geoff Green

Building on the success and enjoyment of the two outdoor workshops I ran for Cumbria Wildlife Trust in May and July 2016, I'm also running another one in 2018!

Date: Friday, April 6th 2018, Eycott Hill, Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve 10am-4pm

Gather at Mungrisdale Village Hall at 10am for welcome and introduction to the day. Then it's off on a very short car-share drive to Berrier and a day on Eycott Hill!

Come and join me on what promises to be another inspiring day at Eycott Hill, Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Nature Reserve, Berrier, North Cumbria.

Early booking recommended!

Event details

Friday, April 6th 2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is an inspirational place with fabulous views, unique geology, and interesting wildlife to spark the imagination. This creative writing workshop led by local writer Geraldine Green will use time outdoors and gentle writing prompts and exercises to help you craft poetry and prose inspired by the nature reserve.
Geraldine is an experienced creative writing tutor, published poet, mentor and poetry editor. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors and nature writing is reflected in the many workshops she tutors and in her work. She was the first Writer-in-Residence at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin and also at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria, Birthplace of Quakerism.

Geraldine blogs at: Salt Road

one of the poets on the hill, May 2016
Part of the day will be spent outdoors so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots. Tea and coffee will be provided at the indoor venue but please bring lunch and drinks to take with you to the nature reserve. Don’t forget a notebook and pen.
Booking is required, please email: mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01539 816300 to reserve your place.

Poets enjoying Eycott Hill Volcanics July 2016
This is a free event although a donation of £10.00 to Cumbria Wildlife Trust would be appreciated.
We meet at Mungrisdale Village Hall at 10am for welcome, introduction and refreshments. Most of the day will be spent on the Nature Reserve at Eycott Hill, followed by writing time in the Village Hall - plus more refreshments! Please bring your own lunch and wear waterproof footwear and clothing.

You can find out more about Geraldine, also her new collection, Passing Through here
and also here Pleased to meet you!


across Coniston water from Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Very much looking forward to co-tutoring with Pippa Little on the 2018 Midsummer Poetry Course, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, UK


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 June 22nd to 2pm Sunday 24th June 2018

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 Saturday 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.

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Course fee: tbc (please contact Brantwood)
This includes evening meals on Friday and Saturday and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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 is tbc per person per room tbc per person shared occupancy tbc 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.

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.

The Coachman's Quarters, situated above the cafe, can also be booked, if required.

Further information and booking is available through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396
email: enquiries@brantwood.org.uk

early booking is advisable!

Information on the tutors can be found here:

Geraldine Green
Pippa Little

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

COURSE OUTLINE: June 22-24 2018

Friday 22nd 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

Saturday 23rd 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

Sunday 24th 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!

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Sunday, 12 November 2017

BRANTWOOD 2018: Date for your Diary: next Poetry Party, Open Mic and Supper is November 1st 2018

on the Terrace before the reading (inside!) Brantwood Cafe Nov 2nd 2017, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

On the Poetry Evening Brantwood 2017, next one: November 1st 2018! 

So, November 2nd 2017 saw the second Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper at Brantwood Poetry Evening. Last year poets came from all around Cumbria, and I think the word must’ve got about because this year was as well attended, if not better, than 2016.

Poets from Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Scotland, Spain via Wigton and France via Grange over Sands all gathered in the warm and friendly ambience in Brantwood’s newly refurbished Terrace CafĂ©.

Guest poets who read alongside me were Graham Mort, Kerry Darbishire and Kim Moore. I’ve known Graham for ages! Not only was he my MA supervisor but also my PhD. And some of the poems I read had been carefully crafted and discussed before reaching the publishing stage. He's a brilliant poet and great to co-tutor with - we co-tutor residential writing courses at Brantwood - I owe him a lot.

Kerry’s one of the Write on the Farm group who meet once a month near Kirkby Lonsdale at a poet-farmer friend’s farm (now that's a tongue-twister!)  Like Graham she's a fine poet and friend. Kim’s a familiar face on the poetry scene and was instrumental in setting up the first Kendal LitFest. It was great fun co-hosting an open mic night with her for the first Dalton Litfest two days after Brantwood – I’m poeted out!

me, enjoying the company of poets and friends, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

guest poet Graham Mort

guest poet Kerry Darbishire

guest poet Kim Moore

A Gathering ...

Poets from Carlisle were well represented, with a great crowd from Nick Pemberton’s Speakeasy open mic that I used to go to when we lived in the north of the county. Wigton and Cockermouth Writers, Ripon Writers, Poetry Scotland and Kendal Brewery Poets were also well represented along with my own writing group who meet on the farm.

Nick Pemberton strutting his wonderful poetry! Always a pleasure to hear Nick read, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

Andy Hopkins, great reader of his own vibrant poetry, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

James Riddick

Karen Lloyd

Kelly Davis

Mark Carson

and here's Jane herself, fine poet and photographer, thank you Jane!

We were blessed with a full red-glowing moon, a calm night with Coniston water gleaming silver-black under a clear night sky. For some November 2nd is also All Souls’ Night, or the Night of the Dead… a time to remember those who have journeyed before us, those who have passed over and passed down to us memories and stories that enrich our lives.

a Pumpkin lights our way! photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

Some words about the recent full moon, Beaver Moon or Hunter’s Moon:

“It is named the Hunter’s Moon, as it would illuminate prey for hunters and this is the first full moon since the Harvest Moon on October 5.

While the Harvest Moon was when families would bring in their crops, the Hunters Moon helped them find food as it lit up the night.

It is sometimes named the Beaver Moon, as these animals were hunted at this time of the year.

The waters would soon freeze over, so beavers were hunted and their fur was used to keep people warm. (extract from Somerset Echo, 4.11.2017)

Poetry, food for the soul, a making, creating and lighting the way ...

To have the light of that full moon shining down on us while inside we were cosy beside a wood-burning stove, well fed with stew and dumplings, telling poetry stories just as our ancestors did before us, before winter sets in, was quite simply, magical. 

Made me think how important it is to keep the flame of poetry, the Bridie fire, the essence of Brigid alive inside nurturing our spirits, in the telling of tales and poetry, in the coming together as a community.

across the lake to the silhouetted fells, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

Big thanks to all who came and read, came and listened, and to Brantwood who hosted us.

November 1st 2018 we’ll do it all again! See you next year at our poetry gathering round the fire as Coniston Old Man looks across the Lake to us…

Bookings for next year's Poetry Evening and Open Mic Supper through Brantwood

Geraldine Green 5.11.2017

enjoying the evening with friends Kerry and Steve Darbishire, 2.11.2017, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

all photos taken by Jane Moss Luffram