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! **
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