Thursday, 4 October 2018

September 2018 - October 2019 Newsletter

*** Delighted to announce that my new collection Passing Through was published on 4th June  2018 by Indigo Dreams Pubs. ***

Workshops and Readings September 2018-October 2019:

"I Sing the Body Electric!" - Walt Whitman (image, copyright walt whitman image)

Saturday, September 15th: Write around the Body, full day workshop with Geraldine Green at The Friends' Meeting House, Scarborough, 10am-4pm
Cost: £10 for Lapidus Members, £25 others (£15 concessions) - early booking is advisable as places are limited. 
Please bring vegetarian/vegan food for shared lunch. Tea/coffee provided.
If you would like to attend, or require further details, please email
Sue Spencer:
Details of the Friend's' Meeting House Scarborough can be found here

Saturday September 29th-Sunday 30th, 10.30am-4.30pm -  “Write on the Shore” at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve, another fantastic day out at this wonderful nature reserve.
£35 if you come for Saturday only, incl. refreshments. Please bring your own lunch and windproof/waterproof clothing and footwear. Notebook, pen, camera and binocs, too!
Residential cost in No. 2 Coastguard Cottages is: £25 single room; £30 sharing a twin bedded room, plus £35 for Saturday's workshop.  Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be a 'Jacob's Join' (apart from own lunch on Saturday)
There are three single rooms and one twin bedded. You may also park your camper van at the Reserve's car park, or pitch a tent in the large cottage garden - booking essential, places limited. 

Write on the Farm: Oct 20th and November 24th 2018

near Jane's farm, photo by Geraldine Green (copyright)

October 20th: Write on the Farm Creative Writing workshop, 10.30am-4.30pm £35 incl. refreshments - this workshop, and the November 24th one, will be held on Jane's upland farm near Kirkby Lonsdale.

November 24th: Write on the Farm - info as above.

looking west across the Irish Sea, September 29th 2018, photo by Geraldine Green (copyright)

*** 2019 write on the farm workshops to be confirmed ***

The April one will once again be a residential at Coastguard Cottage, South Walney Nature Reserve - date to be confirmed


photo by Jane Moss-Luffram, 2.11.2017

November 1st: Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria. Be there at 6.30pm for supper at 6.45pm followed by poetry reading. I'm delighted to be hosting this event and also reading with fine poets Graham Mort, Helen Mort and Kerry Darbishire. 
Early booking is essential!  To book a place on the open mic please email me, copying in Brantwood. 

If you'd like to book supper, and enjoy the ambience as part of the audience, then Booking is through Brantwood

Terrace Cafe, Brantwood, photo by Jane Moss Luffram 2.11.2018

Friday, November 9th, 10.30am-12.30pm  workshop and talk for the Penrith Reading Group

November 17th:11.30-13.00  Kendal Mountain Film Festival: Reading my poem 'I used to know these things'  from This Place I Know (Handstand Press)

November 18th:14.30-16.00 Kendal Mountain Film Festival: Reading my prose poem 'Signs' from Waymaking (Vertebrate Press). More info here: Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2018

November 21st reading at the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere: delighted to be reading along with Indigo Dreams poet Kerry Darbishire as part of our IDP Northern Tour, we'll be reading from our new collections Passing Through and Distance, Sweet on My Tongue. Link to Passing Through

Brantwood 2019, dates now confirmed

*** Dates for Midsummer Poetry: June 24th-26th 2019 and the October Writing Retreat: Friday-Sunday, 11th-13th October 2019 ***

Looking ahead to 2019: 

In 2019 I'm delighted to be writer-in-residence at The Quaker Tapestry Kendal. I'm tutoring a series of workshops Theme: The Fabric of Kendal - I'll keep you posted about times, cost dates etc. as and when they're firmed up.

March 17th:  an afternoon poetry reading and open mic at Brantwood in the lovely Terrace Cafe overlooking Coniston Water and the Old Man. I'll be reading alongside guest poets Pippa Little, Kerry Darbishire, Kathleen Jones and you! (on the open mic) - booking is through Brantwood

July 2019 USA - thrilled to be once again 'on the road' and reading with poetry friends in Oklahoma, New York and Long Island - thanks to NY poet and colleague George Wallace.

July 27th 2019 Brewery Arts Kendal: sees me reading as guest poet along with Kerry Darbishire as part of our Indigo Dreams Northern Tour, at Verbalise! Brewery Arts Kendal, plus open mic, host the vibrant and lovely Ann Grant!

Write on the Farm workshops: dates to be confirmed, but will be in: February, April, May, October and November

Booked for October Borderlines Festival 4th-6th October, reading with IDP poet Kerry Darbishire from our new collections Passing Through and Distance, Sweet on My Tongue

... and don't forget, Brantwood 2019 residential courses, dates  now confirmed!

*** Dates for Midsummer Poetry: June 24th-26th 2019 and the October Writing Retreat: 11th-13th October 2019 ***

Wednesday, 3 October 2018


Delighted to be reading from Waymaking, an anthology of "prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape" published by Vertebrate Press, ed. Helen Mort, Heather Dawes, Claire Carter and Camilla Barnard

Kendal Mountain Literature Festival Sunday November 18th 2019
2.30pm-4.30pm - come and join us!

I'm also reading from This Place I Know Handtsnad Press, eds. Liz Nuttall, Kerry Darbishire and Kim Moore, at Kendal Mountain Literature Festival on Saturday November 17th 11.30am-1pm

You can find out more about readings/workshops/courses, here: Newsletter

Tuesday, 2 October 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, come and join me,  Geraldine Green  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

Monday, 1 October 2018

Pleased to meet you

On a Limestone Outcrop, Birkrigg, near Bardsea, with Roydog, summer 2017, photo by Geoff Green (copyright)

UK Cumbrian-born writer Dr. Geraldine Green is an experienced freelance creative writing tutor, former university teacher, mentor, editor of Harestone Press, reviewer, published poet and associate editor of Poetry Bay

She's taught and mentored creative writing undergraduates at the University of Cumbria and also Lancaster University.

Her work has been translated into German and Romanian. You can read more about this on the website Poetry PFpoetry pRO and poetry tREnD

In 2010 she gained a Doctorate in Creative Writing Poetry from Lancaster University titled "An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry"; 2005 saw her awarded an MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing Poetry, also from Lancaster University. 

She undertook a BA Hons. in Imaginative Writing/Literature, Life and Thought at Liverpool John Moores University 2000 and gained a First.  In 2002 she achieved a Res. Dip. in Creative Writing titled "Landscape in the Poetry of Emily Bronte".

Geraldine became the first Writer-in-Residence at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria in 2014. As part of her residency she led a series of four creative writing workshops titled “In Search of the Sacred”, gave a talk on the work of Margaret Fell and George Fox, where she read from her pamphlet collection A Wing and A Prayer written in response to her residency and edited Living Words an anthology of writing by students on her 'In Search of the Sacred' workshops.

In 2015 she became the first writer-in-residence at Brantwood, Coniston, former home of John Ruskin.  Her new collection Passing Through contains work written in response to her Brantwood residency. Geraldine has been co-tutoring residential courses at Brantwood for seven years. Guest tutors include: Penelope Shuttle, George Wallace, Pippa Little and Graham Mort. Geraldine hosts  poetry evenings, open mic and supper in The Terrace cafe, Brantwood. 

She also performed alongside Ulverston Saxophonist Jess Gillam at Brantwood in April 2016 and was instrumental in Steve Coogan appearing there at a fund-raising event in March 2016 for Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Recovery Appeal. Both events were sold out. Watershed, an anthology by Cumbrian writers, was published by Harestone Press to help raise money for the Fund. Co-editors: Nick Pemberton, Ann Wilson and Geraldine Green. 

From Kendal to Kansas, Albany to Albuquerque, Cornwall to Callander, Suffolk to Swansea,  Liverpool to Long Island, New York to Newcastle, Carlisle to California, Oakland to Oklahoma, Orta Italy, Skiathos Greece and many points in between, Geraldine enjoys reading her work across the UK and beyond.  

Sunday readings at the Parkside Lounge NYC, host George Wallace, July 2014
photo by Geoff Green

Festivals where she has read include:

Borderlines  Carlisle 

Callander Poetry, host Sally Evans Scotland
Dylan Thomas Birthplace Festival of Words  5 Cwmdonkin Drive Swansea
Live from Worktown  Bolton
International Women's Art Festival Kendal
Ted Hughes Festival Hebden Bridge
Poetry on the Lake, Orta Italy 
Skiathos Writing Retreat, Greece
Woody Guthrie   Okemah Oklahoma
Walking with Whitman, Walt Whitman Birthplace Long Island NY with ML Liebler and Ed Stevers,
International Beat Poetry Festival Connecticut
Wordsworth Trust Grasmere alongside poet Jacob Polley
Poem and a Pint Ulverston alongside poet William Letford

Geraldine read at the launch of the new Dalton Litfest November 3rd/4th 2017, alongside poet Kim Moore. She and Kim are hosting a poetry evening and open mic night on Saturday 4th November 2017.

In 2018 she'll be reading at a variety of venues in the UK, including November 1st at Brantwood Coniston with Graham Mort, Helen Mort and Kerry Darbishire; Glasgow with Indigo Dreams Poets and Cinnamon Press Poets (30th June) - more will be added soon!

reading at The Bright Hill Center, Treadwell, Catskills, Upstate New York, host Bertha Rogers July 2014

Her reading style has been described as engaging, lyrical, enthusiastic, Beat-like, jazzy and sensitive. Geraldine is passionate about engaging with an audience and enjoys the grass roots communality of sharing poetry both in live performances and online globally.

She's had the privilege of mentoring the poetry of young African writers through the British Council/Lancaster University Crossing Borders scheme; has worked collaboratively on projects alongside musicians, photographers, visual and digital artists, tutored on a variety of creative writing workshops including:

Equality Cumbria AWAZ

Cumbria Multi-Cultural Women's Network CMWN

Write on the Farm: a long-running series of monthly workshops on an upland farm near Kirkby Lonsdale. An anthology was printed by Harestone Press titled Write on the Farm celebrating the poetry of the group. Write on the Farm

Cumbria Wildlife Trust; Cumbria NHS Mental Health Trust; Penrith MIND; Society of Medical Writers; National Trust; Word Market, Apples and Snakes Cornwall ...

... Inter-generational workshops,  Oxford Concert Party with poet Geraldine Green  in the Eden Valley with ARne Richards and Isabel Knowland of the Oxford Concert Party

International Women's Arts Festival Kendal with US poets Carol Hamilton, Rhonda Ward and  Janine Pommy Vega ...

Other workshops include:... Brantwood; Swarthmoor Hall; Suffolk Poetry Society; Bank Street Writers, Bolton; Walt Whitman Birthplace, Long Island; Cont. Ed. Lancaster; Adult Ed. Dallam Heversham, Cumbria; Cumbria Wildlife Trust; Grizedale Forest "Write in the Forest", Carte Blanche Writers, Newcastle and many more during her 15 years plus of tutoring, mentoring, editing and writing.

enjoying the surf! Long Island, NY, July 2014 (photo by Geoff Green, copyright)

Her collections are: The Skin and Passio {Flarestack}, Poems of a Mole Catcher’s Daughter (Palores); A Wing and a Prayer (Swarthmoor Hall Press); The Land Songs with poets Charles Johnson, Joan Poulson and Geraldine Green (Flarestack Pubs.) 

She's also contributed to Writing Works - A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities (Jessica Kingsley) link here and articles for NAWE, National Association of Writers in Education, on her experience in graduate and postgraduate studies 'Hungry for it!' NAWE article

The Other Side of the Bridge, published in July 2012 by Indigo Dreams, formed part of her PhD in Creative Writing: ‘An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry.’ 

Her second full, collection Salt Road, Salt Road is published by Indigo Dreams

Geraldine's third full collection, Passing Through, will be published in 2018 also by Indigo Dreams.

Recipient of special commendation at the 2005 Poetry on the Lake Festival, Orta, Italy, her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including: Private Photo Review (Italy), The Long Islander and ZAUM (US), Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Southlight, FAL Poetry, Diamond Twig, Smoke, Obsessed with Pipework, Poetry Cornwall, Seventh Quarry, And Other Poets, The Poetry Shed, Qualia, InterlitQ, Jacket2, Citizen 32, Raindog, Neon Highway, Envoi, ORC, Poet's Letter Magazine, The Stare's Nest, Mediterranean Poetry and the Argotist Online (UK) and US online magazines, LitKicks, Mountain Voices, Out of Order and Cezanne’s Carrot. 

Her long poem 'Bewcastle, Point to Point' was published in The Other Side of Sleep Arachne Press 2014, ed. Cherry Potts

The Other Side of Sleep

An anthology of long poems from several pages in length to almost epic proportions, this anthology republishes Brian Johnstone's poem sequence Robinson (originally published as a pamphlet in 2000). The long but by no means traditional poems, by contemporary voices all tell a story, sometimes in a straightforward purposeful way, sometimes in a roundabout oblique way, but always with a thread of narrative woven through. Contributors include Angela France, Geraldine Green, Inua Ellams and Kate Foley.

Her poetry has been widely anthologised in the UK, US and Italy and translated into German and Romanian. She was invited to a talk at the Lawrence Durrell Centenary Celebrations, Corfu and to present a Paper on ‘Ecopoetics: The Works of John Clare and Aldo Leopold’ in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the South West Popular Culture America

Geraldine delighted to be reading from "Salt Road" IDP Pubs., at Sip This Cafe, Long Island NY 
4th August 2015

Geraldine reads by the Robert Burns statue, at Poets in the Park, Albany, Upstate New York, 
July 2015 (photos by Geoff Green)

Geraldine, who frequently performs her poetry in North America, has read at a variety of venues with New York poet George Wallace, including the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma Woody Fest on an extended poetry trip to Oklahoma and Kansas, July 2012; alongside Jack and Adele Foley, Michael McClure and other poets in Oakland, California 2009; the William Carlos Williams Center Rutherford New Jersey; Bright Hill Center Catskills Upstate NY; Gordon Parks Center Fort Scott Kansas; a variety of venues in and around New York City and many more!

Poetry Readings in the US: 2015 saw her celebrate ten years of poetry 'road trips' across America.

honoured to be reading at the William Carlos Williams Center Rutherford New Jersey 5th August 2015

Reading from 'The Other Side of the Bridge" by Indigo Dreams Pubs., Beat Festival with George Wallace, Wesleyan Bookstore Connecticut 14th August 2015

You can listen to Californian writer Jack Foley read and discuss her work on  Cover to Cover an interview with UK poet Geraldine Green, with Jack Foley  read more about her Cumbrian dialect poems on Professor Jerome Rothenberg’s website: Poems & Poetics, Jerome Rothenberg

Or visit her blog Salt Road or read the Introduction on Jacket2 ed. by Jerome Rothenberg

** 2018: creative writing workshops/courses already planned for Bolton, Cumbria, Yorkshire - plus venues where Geraldine will be reading from her new collection, Passing Through - updates soon! **

November 1st, 2018: Geraldine will be reading at Brantwood Poetry Evening

** Stop Press! Delighted to have a poem in Stone Renga an anthology written, produced and birthed by a love of stones, ed. by Alan Berecka and Tom Murphy **

Stone Renga is published by Tale Feathers Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico

The first poem in the anthology is by Linda Hogan and the last by Floyd Salas I'm honoured to be in their company and that of 57 other wonderful poets.

Thrilled, too, to have a poem in: 

and to have lines about freedom from one of my poems included in a Patchwork Poem for Freedom, chosen by Federation Writers Scotland, Makar Andy Jackson, alongside many fine poets. The poem will be read on National Poetry Day at GoMA Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Thursday 28th September 2017.