Saturday, 21 January 2017

Write on the Shore, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, South Walney Nature Reserve




WRITE ON THE SHORE – at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve, Sunday June 25th 2017 10am-3pm

With stunning views across Morecambe bay, this shingle island reserve is full of interest and a fantastic place for bird watching. South Walney Nature Reserve is home to the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

Come and be inspired by these summer highlights: nesting gulls, eiders, oystercatchers and ringed plovers. Burnet moths and grayling butterflies are on the wing and viper's bugloss, yellow horned poppy and sea lavender are in flower.

This creative writing workshop led by local writer Geraldine Green will use time outdoors, gentle writing prompts and exercises to help you craft poetry and prose inspired by the nature reserve. Handouts will be provided.

Booking is through Cumbria Wildlife Trust



Geraldine is an experienced creative writing tutor, published poet and poetry editor. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors and nature writing is reflected in the many workshops she tutors and in her work. You can find out more about her here:

Part of the day will be spent outdoors so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots. Please bring lunch, snacks and drinks to take with you round the nature reserve. Don’t forget a notebook and pen, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure!

This workshop is suitable for anyone with a love of nature and writing.

Cost: £20 per person


photos by Geraldine Green (copyright)




Thursday, 19 January 2017

CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST, THE RASPBERRY AND THE ROWAN POETRY ANTHOLOGY


photo: Cumbria Wildlife Trust


From Cumbria Wildlife Trust's website, here's what CWT Jody Ferguson has to say about it:

"During spring and summer 2016 we enjoyed two lovely days at Eycott Hill Nature Reserve with poet and creative writing tutor Geraldine Green and two fantastic groups of writers. 
We explored meadows and bogs, admired vast landscapes and tiny moths, and talked about everything from lichen to lava.

The writing inspired by these wonderful days on the nature reserve is featured in an anthology called The Raspberry and the Rowan which can be downloaded from the link below.
If you’d like a printed copy please email jodyf@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk and they’ll be dispatched hot off the press! Printed anthologies are free of charge but donations to Cumbria Wildlife Trust are welcome."




photo of Blencathra by Geraldine Green


Link here for more info on the Cumbria Wildlife Trust's website



Poets on the Hill, Eycott Volcanics, photo by Geraldine Green


Saturday, 14 January 2017

2017: OCTOBER WRITERS' RETREAT 2nd-5th OCTOBER 2017 BRANTWOOD, CONISTON, CUMBRIA UK

Waterhead Coniston 27.10.2015, photo by Geraldine Green

OCTOBER WRITERS' RETREAT WITH CO-TUTORS GRAHAM MORT AND GERALDINE GREEN, BRANTWOOD CONISTON, CUMBRIA, MONDAY-THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2ND-5TH 2017

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 Mort 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 plus informal discussions with the tutors. 

Course fee: £270 
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. The Coachman's Quarters, situated above the cafe, is also available if required.

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

information on the tutors can be found here:

Graham Mort


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


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


OCTOBER WRITERS’ RETREAT WITH GRAHAM MORT AND GERALDINE GREEN, 2nd-5th OCTOBER 2017 BRANTWOOD CONISTON CUMBRIA

COURSE OUTLINE:

Monday 2nd 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.

This is accessed by steps close the front door of the main house, through the Studio and into the Schoolroom. Please ask at Reception, staff will be available to give you directions.

2pm - The Schoolroom: Welcome and Introduction with Graham and Geraldine. Ask names and also which genres they write in.

2.15pm - 3pm – In the Schoolroom: Graham to lead with writing stimuli

3pm-3.15pm - Break

3.15pm-4pm In the Schoolroom: Geraldine to continue with further writing stimuli

4pm-5pm – in the Schoolroom: quiet writing time, followed by readback/feedback on ONE piece of writing produced during this session.

5pm-6pm - Free time.

6.15pm Meet in The Lodge, evening meal in Brantwood Cafe

Tuesday 3rd October

9.30am – 10.45am - writing stimuli in The Schoolroom provided by Geraldine

10.45am-11am - Break

11am -12.15pm - writing stimuli in The Schoolroom provided by Graham

12.15pm-1pm – Readback and feedback of ONE piece of work written during the morning

1-2pm – Lunch in Brantwood Café 

2pm-3.30pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, followed by Outdoor Reflective Walk, writing stimuli given by Graham and Geraldine

3.30pm- 4.15pm  Quiet writing time

4.15pm-5pm – feedback/readback of one piece of writing

5pm-6pm – Free time

6.15pm – Meet in The Lodge, evening meal in Brantwood cafe followed by reading given by Graham and Geraldine

Wednesday 4th October
9.30am-11am – Meet in The Schoolroom, writing stimuli provided by Graham

11am-11.15am - Break

11.15am-12.30pm – writing stimuli provided by  Geraldine

12.30pm-1.30 pm - Lunch

1.30pm-5pm - Free writing and reflective time. Participants are welcome to explore the house and gardens (Free to participants). One to one tutorials will be available between 2pm and 4pm.

2pm-4pm – Parallel one to one tutorials with Geraldine and Graham in The Schoolroom, 15 minutes slots. Please put your name down on the sheet provided. This will be left for you in the Schoolroom kitchen. Further one to ones available during Thursday morning session.

4pm-5pm – Quiet writing time

5pm-6pm – Free time

6.15pm – Meet in the Schoolroom, followed by evening meal in Brantwood cafe followed by Group reading (up to 5 minutes each)

 Thursday 5th October
10am-11.30am - One to one tutorials with Graham and Geraldine, 15 minute slots: Graham 10am-10.45am; Geraldine 11am-11.45am
Additionally, there will be time for close readings of writing produced during the course.

Break 10.45am-11am

11.45am-1pm - Group readback and feedback, complete Feedback Forms.

1pm-2pm Lunch in Brantwood Café and depart.


Note; Course participants are welcome to explore the House and Grounds during their free time. Brantwood Main House closes at 5pm. The grounds are open 24 hours.



12.30pm-2pm Lunch in Brantwood Café and depart


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


Thursday, 12 January 2017

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




MIDSUMMER POETRY at BRANTWOOD CONISTON
THURSDAY 15th-SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 2017 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 Thursday 15th June to 2pm Saturday June 17th 2017. 

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. 

Course fee: £240
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:
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 £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. 

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 
early booking is advisable!

Information on the tutors can be found here:

Pippa Little

You can hear Geraldine read her 'Gondola' poem here A Day on the Gondola written as part of the project she was involved in, with the National Trust SY Gondola Poetry Project Summer 2016:




COURSE OUTLINE: June 15th-17th 2017

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)