Sunday 9 December 2018

Readings, workshops, residential courses - join me in 2019!

Looking ahead: 

In 2019 I'm delighted to be writer-in-residence at The Quaker Tapestry Kendal I'll be tutoring a series of creative writing 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 2019:  an afternoon poetry reading, open mic and refreshments 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 Cost £5 incl. tea/coffee 

May 2nd 2019: Music and Poetry, Dent Memorial Hall, fund-raising evening of poetry and folk music, for the Dent Meditation Centre, Cumbria. I'll be reading alongside IDP poet kerry Darbishire, Maggie Scott and musicians - more details to follow ...

June 24th-26th Midsummer Poetry Course, Brantwood, with co-tutor New York poet George Wallace

July 2019 USA Poetry Tour - thrilled to once again be 'on the road' thanks to NY poet and colleague George Wallace. Reading from my new collection Passing Through (IDP Indigo Dreams Publishing Ltd.)

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!

2019: 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

October Writing Retreat: Friday-Sunday, 11th-14th October with co-tutor Pippa Little 

photo of Coniston Water by Geraldine Green

on the Terrace before the reading (inside!) Brantwood Cafe Nov 2nd 2017, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram

Next Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper: November 7th 2019, come and join me,  Geraldine Green  when I'll be hosting another lovely poetry evening and open mic supper at Brantwood, with guest poets:

Booking is through Brantwood but email me to let me know you've booked an open mic slot! thanks

Write on the Farm 2019: dates to be confirmed. The April one will once again be a residential at Coastguard Cottage, South Walney Nature Reserve - some pics below of our group, at Burns Beck Moss:

Friday 7 December 2018

Indigo Dreams poet, Geraldine Green: Newsletter Autumn/Winter 2018, with details of readings, workshops and courses in 2019

IDP poet Geraldine Green has autumn lined up with plenty of readings, workshops and courses!

September 15th, Scarborough saw her leading a full day workshop for LAPIDUS Scarborough, this was followed by Geraldine reading from her new collection, Passing Through.

September 29th/30th once again she was thrilled to run a full day workshop at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Nature Reserve, South Walney. Called ‘Write on the Shore’ participants were welcomed to the full day workshop on Saturday. Accommodation at Coastguard Cottage, 29th/30th, soon became fully booked!

Says Geraldine “ It was an honour to be invited to read at the poetry event ‘When Norman Nicolson met Percy Kelly’, but sadly, it was the same day as ‘Write on the Shore’. Big thanks to event organizer for offering to have someone read my poems on my behalf! I was there in spirit, looking across to Black Combe and Millom, Norman Nicholson’s birthplace.”

Looking ahead:

‘Write on the Farm’ full day workshops: October 20th, November 24th. Booking is through Geraldine.

Thursday November 1st, 7pm-9.30pm: Brantwood Coniston Cumbria, Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper: IDP poet Geraldine Green once again hosted and read at the Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper in the lovely Terrace CafĂ©, Brantwood, with guest poets:

Helen Mort (will read in 2019!)
Kerry Darbishire

Booking through Brantwood

Friday 9th November: Workshop in Penrith Library with Penrith Reading Group

Friday November 16th: Launch of anthology 'Watch the Birdie' ed. Rebecca Bilkau, Beautiful Dragons Press RSPB Belighton Moss

Saturday November 17th: Kendal Mountain Film and Literature Festival: 11.30-1pm reading from 'This Place I Know', eds. Liz Nuttall, Kerry Darbishire, Kim Moore Handstand Press

Sunday November 18th: Kendal Mountain Film and Literature Festival: 2.30pm-4pm official launch of Waymaking eds. Helen Mort, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe, Camilla Barnard, Vertebrate Press

Wednesday 21st: November, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, Jerwood Centre: Indigo Dreams evening: Geraldine Green and Kerry Darbishire, introduction by Polly Atkin

Geraldine is delighted to be reading with Indigo Dreams poet Kerry Darbishire as part of their IDP Northern Tour. They’ll be reading from their new IDP collections Passing Through and Distance, Sweet on My Tongue.

This event is free. Please contact the Wordsworth Trust for more details:   
Tel. +44(0)15394 35544

2019: IDP Northern Tour cont. Geraldine and Kerry have poetry readings planned for 2019, including:

March 17th: Brantwood Coniston, Geraldine will host and read this event alongside guest poets Pippa Little, Kathleen Jones and Kerry Darbishire, 3-5pm £5 incl. refreshments
Booking is through Brantwood

July 2019: Geraldine will be taking her new collection Passing Through on a poetry road trip with her to America. 

July 27th: Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, Verbalise! host: Ann Grant

October 4th-6th: Borderlines Festival Carlisle (date/time tbc)

November 7th: Brantwood Coniston Geraldine hosting and reading with guest poets Helen Mort, Graham Mort and Kerry Darbishire - and you! Open Mic and Supper
Kerry Darbishire

Booking is through Brantwood

Enjoying the surf! Cedar Beach, Long Island July 2015

Her poems in her new collection Passing Through (IDP) have found homes in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Grey Hen Press, Waymaking Vertebrate Press, This Place I Know Handstand Press, Riggwelter, High Window and BEAT-itude Local Gems Press USA, celebrating the Beat poets.

You can read a review of Passing Through by Bernard M. Jackson in Issue 240 of Reach Poetry.

Check out more workshops/residential courses including Brantwood, here residential courses and readings 2019

Wednesday 5 December 2018

After the WAYMAKING event, Kendal Mountain Film and Literature Festival, 18th November 2018

reading from Waymaking The Maltroom, Brewery Arts Centre at Kendal Mountain Film and Literature Festival November 2018. Photo: Kevin Moran (copyright)

Thoughts on Kendal Mountain Festival November 2018:

What a weekend! Apart from feeling sad not get to the launch of Watch the Birdie  anthol. (Beautiful Dragons Press, ed. Rebecca Bilkau) at RSPB Leighton Moss on Friday 16th November, I loved every minute of the two events I read at, at  Kendal Mountain Literature Festival. From This Place I Know (Handstand Press, eds. Liz Nuttall, Kerry Darbishire and Kim Moore) reading to yesterday's launch of Waymaking, (Vertebrate Publishing, eds. Helen Mort, Camilla Barnard, Claire Carter and Heather Dawe) from wandering along the sunlit banks of the Kent, hoping to see otters - didn't see any, I live in hope!

- to sitting quietly in Kendal Parish Church before yesterday's reading... enjoying a coffee, chatting to lay preachers about poetry and moments that light you up

- then back to KMLF to plunge into the high energy buzz! It was fab, and I was absolutely thrilled to be part of the readers, listening to women's tales of adventure... from bike to ice, to falls, to moments of synaesthesia*, (I can identify with this!) kayaking, running, visiting First Nation peoples, to pondering on the body, on pain and endurance...

Big thanks to Paul Scully, Claire Carter, Heather Dawe, Camilla Barnard, Helen Mort, AlpKit,  all at Vertebrate Publishing and Kendal Mountain Film and Literature Festival, Jacquie Scott (Director), all the wonderful readers, organisers, editors, publishers and especially to the lively, friendly audiences on both days... I'm feeling so buzzed, I need a swim!

channelling Mum's words! "But words are magic, too" Photo: Kevin Moran (copyright)


Still buzzing from the weekend! Lesson plan, handouts, writing prompts for Saturday's Write on the Farm workshop - sorted! Had a wild, leaf-skittering stride through Conishead Priory woods this morning, onto the beach, tide just turned, waves flinging themselves about... with the blown around leaf-crisps swirled up into air, I felt part of the wind and the sea...

... back home, quick turnaround and off to Birkrigg where I did a spot (spot being the operative word here!) of running, that adrenalin buzz from KMLF is still whizzing around my body!

Watched two jays nut-gathering in a field, hopping back and forth, heads cocked, pause, then quick beak-stab down... snowdrop shoots were pushing up near the dog graves... way too early, surely. Sat for a while, in calm, under the Cedar of Lebanon... thought about what poems to read at the Wordsworth Trust on Wednesday 21st, ... clouds, grey and white against a mauve-pink sky...

leaves fallen from next door’s beech tree means I can now see Birkrigg from my window.

Geraldine Green, 19.11.2018

*“In these catalytic moments it’s possible to feel the colour brown instead of smelling that newly dug flowerbed, or embody green when the rising sap of a young birch tree reaches out”, ‘Rewilding’ by Lee Craigie, p.66-67, fr. Waymaking Vertebrate Publishing

All royalties will be split equally between two charities: Rape Crisis the John Muir Trust.

Photo: Kevin Moran (copyright)