Thursday, 1 November 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: suespencer@scottman.plus.com
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

NOVEMBER 1ST BRANTWOOD POETRY EVENING, OPEN MIC and SUPPER!



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 16th: RSPB Leighton Moss Watch the Birdie! (Beautiful Dragons Press, ed. Rebecca Bilkau) launch of anthology raising awareness of birds on the Red List, 7pm - 9pm

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-14th 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-14th October 2019 ***








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