Saturday, 19 January 2019

Poetry on the Terrace, Brantwood Coniston, March 17th 2019

Poetry Afternoon, Open Mic and Refreshments - March 17th 2019, 3-5pm, 
in The Terrace Café Brantwood, Coniston East of Lake, Cumbria

Come and join host Geraldine Green, who’s delighted to be reading with guest poets Pippa Little, Kerry Darbishire and Kathleen Jones

8 open mic slots available, early booking recommended!

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Dove Cottage Poets, plus Brantwood poetry events 2019

Kerry and Geraldine, Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, November 21st 2018

Dove Cottage poets Kerry Darbishire and Geraldine Green ended a successful year of poetry with a reading in the Foyle Room at the Wordsworth Trust Grasmere on November 21st to a packed room and an appreciative audience. Big thanks go to Hannah Catterall and colleagues at the Wordsworth Trust for supporting the reading and helping to make it such a relaxed and enjoyable event and to Polly Atkins for hosting it so beautifully – thank you all!

DCP is a friendly welcoming group of poets who meet on the first Thursday of the month at Dove Cottage. If you'd like to join DCP or be added to the group email list, please contact:

Sharing the same publisher, Indigo Dreams, Geraldine and Kerry had a busy 2018 with their Northern IDP tour. This tour continues well into 2019 with readings already booked at Brantwood, Coniston, Spotlight Lancaster, Brewery Arts Kendal and Borderlines Festival Carlisle – plus many more, including Geraldine’s poetry tour to the US in July.

She’s delighted to once again be co-tutoring at Brantwood in 2019 with New York poet George Wallace in June, UK poet Pippa Little in October, plus two poetry readings with open mic slots in March and November.

Guest poets include: Kathleen Jones, Kerry Darbishire, Pippa Little in March with Geraldine reading alongside Graham Mort, Helen Mort, Kerry Darbishire in November.

While open mic slots are open to all, it would be great to have DCP poets reading with Geraldine and Kerry, as well as other IDP poets and Brantwood writers.

Booking is through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396

Links to the four Brantwood events can be found here:

Place and the Imagination:

October Writing Retreat:

November Poetry Evening and Supper:

Geraldine Green 10.1.2019


Thursday, 10 January 2019

Place and the Imagination: Midsummer Poetry at Brantwood, June 24th-26th 2019

Mon 24th – Wed 26th June 2019
Place and the Imagination - Midsummer Poetry Course with Geraldine Green & George Wallace

How does place influence your poetry? How do we create poems that are anchored in the senses yet are free to explore inner or imagined places? Imagination-based poetry moves away from the traditional approach to writing poetry and, through dreams, the unconscious and surrealism, allows the writer to create space for the imagination to explore, invent and roam.

Workshops will comprise a series of writing prompts and a variety of stimuli enabling you to create new poems in a supportive environment. There will be time for group and tutor feedback as well as one to one tutorials. Some sessions will take place outdoors. * Non-residential option available.  All materials and refreshments provided.

Mon 2.00pm – Wed 2.00pm.  £255 per person

Booking is through Brantwood early booking is advisable!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

October Writing Retreat, Brantwood, 11th-14th October 2019

11th – 14th October 2019
Creative Writing Retreat with Geraldine Green and Pippa Little

11th-14th October 2019

Come and join Pippa Little and Geraldine Green on a 4-day residential poetry course at Brantwood, Coniston Cumbria, former home of John Ruskin. Brantwood is beautiful at any time of year and autumn in the Lakes is especially magical.

Using a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing will be produced in a safe and friendly environment. There will be an opportunity for group feedback at the end of each session and one-to-one tutorials with Geraldine and Pippa. 

There’ll also be time to enjoy your own quiet writing time, if you choose.
Pippa and Geraldine will give a reading on Friday evening and you’re all welcome to read a poem or two on Saturday evening when the group give a reading to the tutors.  

Residential and non-residential options are available.
Friday 2.00pm – Monday 2.00pm.  £285 per person

Booking is through Brantwood early booking is advisable!

Monday, 7 January 2019

Indigo Dream Poets, Northern Tour 2018-2019

IDP poets Geraldine Green and Kerry Darbishire ended a busy and successful Northern IDP Poetry Tour, 2018 to packed houses, at Kendal Mountain Literature Festival on November 17th and 18th alongside IDP poet Kathleen Jones and at the Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, November 21st

Their IDP tour continues well into 2019 with an afternoon of poetry, refreshments and open mic with IDP poet Kathleen Jones and poet Pippa Little, Brantwood March 17th, and many more readings, workshops and courses, including:

Brewery Arts Centre Kendal July 27th
Borderlines Festival Carlisle, October
Poetry Evening Brantwood November 7th 
with guest poets Graham Mort, Helen Mort and Kerry Darbishire 

June Brantwood 2018

and Geraldine’s ‘on the road’ poetry trip to the US July 2019… plus many more, including plans for their IDP Southern Poetry Tour – watch this space!

You can read more about other readings IDP poets Geraldine and Kerry are involved in on Geraldine’s blog:

Friday, 4 January 2019


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 one: 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:

Reflections on three Poetry Evenings, Open Mic & Supper - join us in 2019!

November 1st 2018: Another lively event, with a good turn-out of over 35 people, including guest poets. Poems read ranged from Hurricane Sandy, an Italian landslide, graves of babies, WWI, dogs, climbing, the Black Country, Dunbarton, poems written in response to Brantwood, to the North country, Morecambe Bay, Germany, poems read from three anthologies: Waymaking (Vertebrate Press), Watch the Birdie (Beautiful Dragons Press) and This Place I Know (Handstand Press) and many many more... 

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 Café.

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