Sunday, 5 July 2015


September 18th-22nd Friday-Tuesday - Walking Home

Residential Writing Course on a working upland farm near Kirkby Lonsdale - course runs from 2pm Friday to 2pm Tuesday

Through a series of writing prompts and a variety of stimuli, new writing will be created exploring the themes: home, place and displacement

Course Fee £300 per person. Refreshments provided and included in the cost (tea/coffee/biscuits)

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available on the farm for four people in 2 single bedded rooms and one double
Cost: £20 per person per room

Trip Advisor for info on accommodation in and around Kirkby Lonsdale

Camping on the farm:
Room for one family sized tent, or two small ones £5 camping fee
Room for one camper van £5 parking fee
£10 for two evening meals at the farm

Evening meals provided by Jane on the farm on two nights.
On the other two nights we'll go into Kirkby Lonsdale, explore the pretty little market town, the Devil's Bridge and Ruskin's View - on one night we'll have pub grub in one of the pubs in the town and another night fish and chips in Jingling Lane Cafe. (Participants to pay for their own meals on these two evenings)
Lunch on the farm £5 each day, excluding Friday 18th.

Please email me for more details/course bookings

Friday, 3 July 2015

WRITE ON THE ISLAND - Piel Island, Furness Peninsula SW Cumbria

SATURDAY MAY 23RD: This month's Write on the Farm workshop will be held on Piel Island  a small island at the far end of the Furness Peninsula in south west Cumbria. With a ruined Castle, King of Piel, pub and seals, it's an ideal 'away from it all' writing retreat.

The workshop starts at 10.30am, when we catch the ferry to the island, and finishes around 4pm, when we return by ferry to Roa Island. A road connects Roa Island with Rampside.

Please bring with you lunch and refreshments. You can also buy these in the pub on the island if you wish.

Please come prepared for the weather and wear suitable footwear and clothing. Bring with you notebook and pens/pencils.

£35 for the workshop
£5 return on the ferry from Roa Island Jetty to Piel Island (and back). It's a short trip, but very enjoyable.

10am - Meet in free car park, Roa Island at 10am.

We'll return from the island to the mainland around 4pm (depending on ferry times)

Places limited to 10 people - please book early!

Writing exercises will include: a 'point to point' around the island writing a plein air at a series of selected stopping points; exploring the idea of the eerie, referring to Rob MacFarlane's recent article in the Guardian and writing the landscape, as well as warm-up writing exercises designed to get your creative juices flowing! The island is rich in history from the Monks of Furness Abbey to smuggling to witnessing the launch of modern submarines, as well as wildlife, including Common and Grey Seals.

photos by Geraldine Green

How to get there: A590 to Booths roundabout, Ulverston - carry on across roundabout a short distance to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at these lights, following the signs for the A5087 "Coast Road, Bardsea" - continue along the Coast Road (which connects Ulverston and Barrow) Continue on the A5087 for about 15 minutes until you come to a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout, for 'Rampside'. A causeway-road connects Rampside to Roa Island. Once on Roa Island, the free car park is on your right.

Please note: should the weather be bad, then Plan B is to hold the workshop in Conishead Priory, where we can wander through the woods to the beach, look across to Chapel Island, and have refreshments in the gardens, or in the cafe.

Interested? Please contact me for more details: geraldinegreen[dot]poetry[1][at]gmail[dot]

Thursday, 2 July 2015

A WING & A PRAYER - Launch of New Collection, Swarthmoor Hall Press

Delighted to say that my new collection of poetry and prose will be launched on Friday June 12th 2015, at 2.30pm, Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston Cumbria UK - all very welcome!

This new pamphlet collection is the culmination of my writing residency at Swarthmoor Hall and is part of the Midsummer Festival of Words and Music, June 12th - 14th 2015, at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria, UK

Swarthmoor Hall is the Birthplace of Quakerism, home of Margaret Fell, her husband Judge Thomas Fell and after his death, her second husband, George Fox.

Tickets can be booked line through Swarthmoor Hall, or simply turn up on the day and share with me in my celebration of my new collection A Wing and a Prayer

Join us on Saturday June 13th at 2.30pm, when I'll be joined by contributors of the Living Words anthology, poetry and prose written on one or more of my four Living Words workshops that took place during 2014:

A Wing and a Prayer
Healing Well
Fire on the Tongue
Touch the Earth

(Please note: the latter is from a book of the same name A Self-Portrait of Indian existence compiled ed. by TC McLuhan, Touchstone Press)

And on Saturday morning 10.30am-12 noon when I'll be co-running a children's storytelling and drawing workshop with Judith Petty
All info can be found on Swarthmoor Hall's website
Swarthmoor Hall Lane, Ulverston LA12 0JQ
01229 583204

Full itinerary of readings and workshop here:

Midsummer Festival of Words and Music

A Wing and a Prayer | Friday 12 June 2:30pm Conference Room
Geraldine Green, writer in residence, Swarthmoor Hall

To celebrate her role as writer in residence at Swarthmoor Hall local writer Geraldine Green will be reading from her new pamphlet collection called 'A Wing and a Prayer'. Geraldine’s work celebrates her residency at the Hall and was written in response to her reflections on Margaret Fell and George Fox, plus her experience of growing up on the Furness Peninsula and her love of its wild and peaceful places.

Says Geraldine: "Having Swarthmoor Hall as a base from which I can draw inspiration, create new writing, share my discoveries with others through my own work and through creative writing workshops, is something to be treasured".

•Tickets £7.50 includes refreshments

Story Trees – for 7-11yr olds | Saturday 13 June 10:30am - 12:00pm
Geraldine Green and Judith Petty

Children’s workshop with Geraldine Green set in and around the wildflower meadow, gardens and inside the Hall. Refreshments provided.
•Tickets £3 per child

Living Words | Saturday 13 June 2:30pm Conference Room
Geraldine Green & friends

Join us for a celebration of writing from the Living Words creative writing workshops held in 2014. Participants wrote in response to a variety of poetry and prose themed around the elements and seasons and will be reading their work at the Festival from a new anthology entitled Living Words.

After the readings there will be an opportunity to chat to writers over a cup of tea and slice of cake.

•Tickets £5

The weekend will also have two Musical events:
Saturday June 13th Eden Thomas and Friends Saturday 7.30pm Tickets £7.50
Sunday June 14th 5pm Classic Gershwin, part of the International Music festival with Viv MacLean (Piano) and Sue Porrett (Narrator)