Thursday, 11 August 2016

OCTOBER WRITERS' RETREAT WITH GRAHAM MORT AND GERALDINE GREEN 3rd-6th OCTOBER 2016 BRANTWOOD, CONISTON, CUMBRIA UK

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

COURSE OUTLINE:
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


Wednesday, 10 August 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. 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 in Creative Writing 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 & Snakes Cornwall and the Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea, Penelope Shuttle Cornwall and alongside Jerome Rothenberg at a Kurt Schwitters’ Celebration Ambleside. As 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

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

Saturday, 6 August 2016

WRITE ON THE FARM, CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ON AN UPLAND FARM IN CUMBRIA





WRITE ON THE FARM: 2016 - all welcome!

September 17th
October 22nd
November 19th

Spring/summer 2017 - dates to be confirmed

Next workshop: September 17th 2016! Come and join us, 10.30am-4.30pm £35 incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, warm, waterproof clothing and footwear as part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors.

2016
February 20th
March 19th
April 23rd
May 28th
June 18th







10.30am-4.30pm cost: £35 incl refreshments, please bring own lunch. As part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors, please bring/wear suitable footwear and clothing.


This ongoing series of monthly creative writing workshops explores where we live, how we dwell, 'deep maps', memory and myth, also how we work and live in a largely urban environment and how this encroaches, enriches and/or impacts on rural life. Through a variety of writing exercises, stimuli, feedback and reflective walks we will look at links between identity, language and environment. Whether through poetry, stories, travel writing, dreams or journals, these workshops encourage us to explore where and how we live, and how we take experience and memories with us when we travel to other places, real or imagined.

An experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, I’ve had five collections of poetry published; gained a PhD in Creative Writing titled: “An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry” from Lancaster University. Travels and readings have taken me mainly to Europe and North America, where I’ve read at a variety of venues on the East and West coasts and the Mid West.

·      Feedback given by group and tutor on individual’s writing (any genre).
     Please bring six copies of writing to be workshopped
·      Through a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing produced

     Morning:  Gather in the Farmhouse kitchen, 10.30am-12.30pm new writing produced from a variety
     of writing prompts and stimuli




·      Lunch
·      Afternoon reflective ramble and note taking, followed by quiet time for own writing sharing new work and group feedback
    Workshops take place in Cumbria at Jane’s farm, near Kirkby Lonsdale, 10.30am to 4.30pm:


Cost: £35. Please bring own lunch and waterproof footwear and clothing. Refreshments provided.  further info on Geraldine can be found here
If interested in attending the ‘Write on the Farm’ workshops please email me

2016
February 20th
March 19th
April 23rd
May 28th
June 18th

10.30am-4.30pm cost: £35 incl refreshments, please bring own lunch. As part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors, please bring/wear suitable footwear and clothing.


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

MIDSUMMER POETRY COURSE, BRANTWOOD THURSDAY 15th-SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017



MIDSUMMER POETRY at BRANTWOOD CONISTON
THURSDAY 15th-SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 2016 with PIPPA LITTLE 
and GERALDINE GREEN

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. 

Course fee: TO BE CONFIRMED
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:







COURSE OUTLINE:

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)


Monday, 1 August 2016

NOVEMBER 3RD 2016 - POETRY, PIE AND PEA SUPPER, BRANTWOOD CONISTON CUMBRIA, GERALDINE GREEN, KERRY DARBISHIRE AND KIM MOORE


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 




Monday, 18 July 2016

WRITE IN NATURE, CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST, JULY 22ND 2016


July 22nd 2016 Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, gather at Mungrisdale Village Hall at 10am

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



Event details

July 22nd  2016 - 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 is Writer-in-Residence at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin and blogs at: http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk

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.
This is a free event although a donation of £10.00 to Cumbria Wildlife Trust would be appreciated.

The workshop is free! Places are limited. Booking is through Cumbria Wildlife Trust - all are welcome! 10am-4pm

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.









Sunday, 17 July 2016

Writer-in-Residence, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, September 2015-Summer 2016


** Update: November 3rd 2016, Brantwood Cafe, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria - Join Kerry Darbishire, Kim Moore and me for an evening of poetry, supper, open mic - what's not to like!? Help me celebrate my wonderful year as writer-in-residence at Brantwood! **

Booking through Brantwood:

Tel: 015394 41396

Delighted to share the news!
Poet Geraldine Green begins her residency in September 2015

Geraldine Green is the first Writer in Residence to be appointed by Brantwood and celebrates the inspiration given by the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin and his historic home.  The residency is for twelve months, beginning in September 2015 and builds on the interest generated by Geraldine’s popular creative writing courses which she has tutored at Brantwood for the past four years.



Geraldine explains “It’s an exciting new venture for me, one I am looking forward to immensely. It’s a great honour to be exploring, reflecting and writing in response to this role. John Ruskin’s vision and understanding of the importance of nature and creativity to the human spirit is as relevant today – perhaps more so – than when Ruskin first uttered the words: “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”

Local writer Geraldine Green has two poetry collections and four chapbooks published. Her work has been widely anthologised in the UK and America. Her latest collection Salt Road, published by Indigo Dreams, explores, through poetry and prose, her home ground, the Furness Peninsula. The collection also celebrates her travels to North America, Spain, Greece and Turkey.

Her latest chapbook A Wing & A Prayer was written in response to her post as writer-in-residence at Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston, birthplace of Quakerism and was published in 2015 by Swarthmoor Hall Press.

In 2011 Geraldine gained a PhD from Lancaster University in creative writing titled: ‘An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry’. She is an experienced creative writing tutor and mentor as well as associate editor of online magazine Poetry Bay www.poetrybay.com

During her residency Geraldine will be running the following courses at Brantwood :
  • “Writer’s Retreat” with co-tutor Pippa Little from 19th to 22nd October 2015
  • Creative writing course with American poet George Wallace on 24th– 26th June 2016

Brantwood’s Director, Howard Hull:  “Ruskin was the most gifted and poetic of writers. He not only made his living from words, he made words live. It is long overdue that Brantwood should have a writer in residence and I am absolutely delighted to that Geraldine is to be our first.”

read more in the  Westmorland Gazette