Sunday, 7 January 2018

POETRY NEWSLETTER 2018

at the Yankee Stadium NYC photo by Geoff Green


Happy New Year! 

Here are the workshop dates for Write on the Farm 2018. All will be held at Jane’s Farm except the March, June and September workshops. Please email me if you’d like to come along to one or more of the Write on the Farm workshops:

Spring/Summer, Saturdays 10.30am-4.30pm, £35:

February 17th - Jane’s farm

March 24th - meet at Jane’s, spend part of the day at Kitridding Farm, then return to Jane’s. With thanks to Stuart of Kitridding Farm, who told me that anyone who wants a quad bike ride is welcome! Lunch at Kitridding Farm.

April 21st - Jane’s farm (lambing time!)

May 19th or 26th - Jane’s farm - date to be confirmed

June 16th - this workshop will be held at South Walney Nature Reserve, with thanks to Sarah Dalrymple of Cumbria Wildlife Trust who suggested it.

Cost of one day Write on the Farm workshops: £35, incl. refreshments. Please bring your own lunch, also warm waterproof clothing and footwear as part of the afternoon sessions will be held outdoors, plus writing materials and camera.


South Walney Nature Reserve, storm Eleanor, photo by Sarah Dalrymple, Warden

Autumn/Winter, Saturdays 10.30am-4.30pm, £35:

September 29th - this workshop will also be held at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve and will include a Saturday/Sunday stopover at the Coastguard Cottage on the nature reserve. 

Anyone wishing to come for the day is welcome. Those who’d like to book a place in the cottage, which sleeps five, please let me know asap as places in the cottage are limited. 

Anyone wishing to camp or sleep in their camper van are most welcome. Reserve Warden, Sarah Dalrymple, tells me that there’s space to camp in the cottage garden or you’re welcome to park your van in the reserve’s car park. Booking is through Geraldine Green. 

Please note: Residential cost for this workshop to be confirmed.

October 20th - Jane’s farm

November 24th - Jane’s farm

Cost of one day Write on the Farm workshops: £35, incl. refreshments. Please bring your own lunch, also warm waterproof clothing and footwear as part of the afternoon sessions will be held outdoors, plus writing materials and camera.




Other dates for your diary:

April 6th, Friday: Write in Nature, at Eycott Hill, Cumbria Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, near Mungrisdale, north Cumbria. After the success of two, full day workshops in 2016 I’ve again been invited by Jody Ferguson of CWT to run another. Thanks Jody. 
This event is free, although a donation of £10 to CWT would be welcome.  
Booking is through Cumbria Wildlife Trust, details here

June 22nd-24th, Friday-Sunday: Midsummer Poetry Course, Brantwood: Residential poetry weekend with co-tutors Pippa Little and Geraldine Green. 

Details here




November 1st, Thursday: Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper, Brantwood, Coniston: Looking forward to hosting this event and reading alongside Helen Mort, Graham Mort and Kerry Darbishire. Eight open mic slots available - book early!  - 2 booked, 6 to go! 

Cost of supper and open mic slot £14
Cost of attending event as a non reader is also £14


photo by Jane Moss Luffram

Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of the above events.

Wishing you a healthy, peaceful and creative 2018,

Geraldine, 7.1.2018

Saturday, 6 January 2018

WRITE IN NATURE, FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH 2018, CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST, EYCOTT HILL


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

Booking is through CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST

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.



writing a plein air! writers on the hill




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


Friday, 5 January 2018

MIDSUMMER POETRY JUNE 22-24 2018 BRANTWOOD, CONISTON WITH GERALDINE GREEN AND PIPPA LITTLE



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

MIDSUMMER POETRY at BRANTWOOD CONISTON June 22-24 2018 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 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.

Accommodation:
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

Thursday, 4 January 2018

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

Next one: November 1st 2018, when I'll be hosting another poetry evening and open mic supper at Brantwood, with guest poets:


On the Poetry Evening Brantwood 2017:
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