Friday, 7 July 2017

2017: OCTOBER WRITERS' RETREAT: with Graham Mort and Geraldine Green, 2nd-5th October 2017, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria


View from Monk Coniston, photo by Geraldine Green (copyright)

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. 

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
and on wikipedia


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 2017

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-12.45pm - 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.



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






Thursday, 6 July 2017

Geraldine Green, poet, tutor, editor and mentor




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

UK poet Geraldine Green former  writer-in-residence at Brantwood Coniston Cumbria home of John Ruskin and also former writer-in-residence of Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston, home of George Fox and Margaret Fell, Geraldine 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, where she gained a First Class Honours Degree. Fired up by her venture into the academic and creative writing worlds, Geraldine undertook a Research Diploma in Ecopoetics, 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 (Distinction) in Creative Writing Poetry in 2005. 

This was followed in 2011 by a PhD in Creative Writing Poetry, also at Lancaster University, titled: "An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry".  As well as a new collection of poetry, Geraldine explored the writing of Wordsworth, Lorca, Levine, Harjo and Ehrlich as well as drawing on the works of new geographers, sociologists, linguistic anthropologists and philosophers. Geraldine was fortunate to undertake her doctoral studies through funding by the Arts and Humanities Research Council  AHRC

Here's the Abstract to her Reflective Thesis:


"ABSTRACT

‘The Other Side of the Bridge’

This is a new collection of poems that forms an original contribution to knowledge and 80% of my Ph.D. Themes that have arisen during the writing of this material are: time and place, placement and displacement, inner and outer landscapes and an analysis of my creative process, exploring and questioning my use of free verse, the lyrical ‘I’ and inherited voices. Both collection and thesis are an exploration of identity and environment through the medium of poetry.

Reflective Thesis:

The thesis grew out of a dialogue between the reflective process and the poems and comprises research into the above themes.  Drawing on reading of the works of literary critics such as David Lodge and Terry Eagleton, but also of work by new geographers, sociologists, linguistic anthropologists and philosophers (for example, Doreen Massey, Stuart Hall, Paul du Gay and Noel G. Charlton), the thesis and poems tightened into an ever closer dialogue. It also explores my own creative process, how I write my poetry and why, as well as placing it in a wider context of poets, past and present. (e.g. William Wordsworth, Federico Garcia Lorca, Octavio Paz, Philip Levine, Joy Harjo and Louise Erdrich). Underpinning the thesis and collection are questions of identity, culture and place and of how a poetry collection can be a place in which such questions are explored. It was written to illuminate where my poetry comes from, where it is taking me and what can be discovered from the poetry."



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 and Snakes Cornwall and the Dylan Thomas Centre Swansea, Penelope Shuttle Cornwall and alongside Jerome Rothenberg at a Kurt Schwitters’ Celebration Ambleside. and Saxophonist Jess Gillam Finalist of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year 2016.

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

Her new collection, Passing Through, has been accepted for publication by Indigo Dreams in 2018. 

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.

Former sessional teacher in creative writing at Cumbria University and the University of Lancaster, she is an experienced freelance creative writing tutor, writer, poetry editor and mentor. Geraldine tutors creative writing workshops for Adult Education, Dallam School, Dallam.

You can hear her read her poem as part of the poetry project on the National Trust's wonderful SY Gondola, Coniston Water:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/steam-yacht-gondola/features/november-2016-gondolas-annus-mirabilis

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 third full collection Passing Through which will be published in 2018 by Indigo Dreams: 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

and Sue Sims, Poetry Space "Landscape and Memory"



Wednesday, 5 July 2017

WRITE ON THE FARM DATES FOR 2017




Come and join us! and write with us on the farm. A wonderful upland farm set between the Lakes and the Dales 10.30AM-4.30PM £35 incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, waterproof footwear and clothing as part of the afternoon session takes place outside.

All welcome!

2017 Autumn/Winter dates:

Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm

September 16th
October 21st
November 25th

2017 Spring-Summer Dates:

25th Feb - poetry and music: morning session with Christine and her harp
18th March - on the farm
22nd April - with co-tutor Catherine Ayres
20th May- Briggflatts, Sedbergh meet at Jane's Farm, 10am, car share to Briggflatts, return to Jane's for quiet writing time, read back/feedback
24th June -  "Write in the present, unearthing the past" - meet at Jane's 10.15am, followed by short ride, car sharing, to a mini archeological dig



You can read more about the Write on the Farm workshops on my previous blogs, as well as on Christine Cochrane's blog 'Harping On'. I'm delighted that Christine will be co-tutoring a poetry and harp session with me at the farm in February 2017.


photos: copyright Geraldine Green 17.9.2016

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Magazines and Anthologies 2017



I'm delighted to have had poems in the following magazines and anthologies - big thanks to all the editors!

Poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines in the UK, Italy and North America, including: Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed with Pipework, Rain Dog, Envoi, Smoke, Southlight, Seventh Quarry, Poetry Cornwall, Citizen 32, Diamond Twig And Other Poets, The Poetry Shed, Mediterranean Poetry, InterlitQ, Jacket2 and more!

UK anthologies:
Sculpted – Poetry of the North West; Running Before The Wind and The Price of Gold, Greyhen Press; On a Bat’s Wing (Five Leaves Press), Simply Connect (Cinnamon Press), Not a Drop – Just Oceans of Poetry; My Dear Watson – The Very Elements in Poetry; Heavenly Bodies – a constellation of poetry Beautiful Dragons Press; The Raspberry and the Rowan (Cumbria Wildlife Trust); The Other Side of Sleep, Arachne Press; Live from Worktown 2014; The Cockermouth Poets, River Press Cockermouth; Watershed, Harestone Press; Both Side of Hadrian’s Wall, Selkirk Lapwing Press; Advice on Proposals (Jane Austen), The Scratching of Pens (Brontes)Like This Press;

USA anthologies:
Primal Sanities – A Tribute to Walt Whitman (Allbook Books);
Elegant Rage – A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie; From Maspeth to Montauk and Beyond, The North Sea Poetry Scene Press; Inspire the Planet, IGotMuse.com

Italy: anthology
Hortus Conclusus, Poetry on the Lake, ed. Gabriel Griffin

International:
For Rhino in a Shrinking World, The Poets Printery, ed. Harry Owen


Online magazines I've been published in include:
Ink, Sweat & Tears

Qualia

And other poems

The Poetry Shed

Peony Moon

The National Trust Project Write on the Gondola


Recommendations:

The Skin … there’s a freshness about her work that brought tears to my eyes. Real tears, like a child’s.” – Anne Stevenson, Mslexia OctNovDec 2003

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

"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

 “Passio is a high-wire act where risk, desire and accomplishment create poems of precarious and touching beauty. There is a mythic quality to much of the work here; each poem a mantra of what is possible if we’re prepared to become – and remain – astonished by our lives.” – Professor Graham Mort

“Her personal travails find quiet relief in the memories of her pilgrimage and travel, which in turn generously spice her poems. She conveys memories so naturally, whether imagined, evolutionary, or conscious. The past is always present through language and memory. They don’t exist without each other.” – Mary Jo Malo – Unlikely Stories

“Geraldine Green has to invent her own language to express her wonder and pity for the wasted world and its oiled words” – Giles Darvill, Reviewer, SOUTH Magazine

 “And with both exuberance and sadness, on an uncharted adventure and uncertain in a backwater, and with a language that’s new-found, new-made for what is needed.” – David Hart, Freelance Writer/Poet

“Geraldine writes like no-one else, with a visionary imagination that seems in a direct line from Blake and the English Romantics.” – Charles Johnson, Poet, Editor, Obsessed with Pipework

“Her infectious enthusiasm informs a created world which integrates the vocabulary of her locality with the universality of transcendent vision” – George Wallace NY Poet

“The Beloit Poetry, one of America’s most venerable, famously reads submissions aloud. If they read Geraldine Green’s poems aloud they will think inevitably of e e cummings’ regard for punctuation as impediment. Her very first poem, “Me and Janine,” is full of information and yet it tells its story—sings it—without punctuation simply because Green’s mind possesses unerring musicality. She thinks musically whereas some poets translate their thoughts into music. The difference shows up again and again in this remarkable, stylistically diverse manuscript, The Other Side of the Bridge.” – Djelloul Marbrook blogs at www.djelloulmarbrook.com  

 “These are poems of vivid and compelling energy. Nature is a living presence throughout these poems, which are spontaneous, alert, and rich in transformations. Landscape is this poet’s muse, be it her native Cumbria or Long Island or the Mid West.  Memory is also a rich seam for this poet.” – Review of The Other Side of the Bridge Penelope Shuttle

“Geraldine Green’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE delights with poems that travel from the Lake District to Greece to a Sac and Fox powwow in Oklahoma.  Green’s voice is fresh and full of verve.  Her sharp sense of place is presented in a fusion of past and present.  Her unique music and ability to capture personality through her characters’ chatter enlivens her work.  She sees the world as lush and does not skimp in invoking its magic, mystery and myths.  Readers can never be sure where her words will carry them, even from the beginning of a phrase to the end of it.  The surprises may startle, but each leap of imagination and language quickly seems perfectly apt.  This is a volume to be read and re-read.” – Carol Hamilton, former Poet Laureate, Oklahoma

“These are poems brimming with deep generosity. Although a faithful chronicler of Northern life, she holds out her arms to people across the world. She is a listener, a storyteller, working carefully with language to find the colours of reality. She is concerned with humanity, showing tenderness and curiosity in intimate writing revelling in the joys of love, or in poems where she stands as a witness to other times, other places, unafraid of the dark. Giving voice to those who often go unheard, she widens our knowledge and engages our imagination.” – Rose Flint

Reviews on Salt Road:

Steven Matthews, Books Cumbria

Sue Sims, Poetry Space