Friday, 30 June 2017

BUSY AND STILL BUZZING! POETRY READINGS UK and USA! - a catch up on a summer of poetry in the depths of winter!

in the surf at Cedar Beach, Long Island NY

Busy and buzzing both sides of the Pond! 

June and July saw the Cumbrian poet enjoy readings and workshops on both side of the Atlantic. In early June she co-tutored on the Body Parts course with Penelope Shuttle at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston. She and Penelope read in the Great Hall, which dates back to the 17thc and is considered to be the home of the Quaker Movement. Says Geraldine, “It was very special reading with Penny in the old Hall which is steeped in history and which has a feeling of deep peace and tranquillity. It’s where Margaret Fell lived with her husband Judge Thomas Fell and where George Fox preached his vision of light and equality. Penelope and Geraldine read from their latest collections, In The Snowy Air and Salt Road, respectively.

You can read about it here June, month of poetry

Parkside Lounge, New York City, reading from Salt Road, published by Indigo Dreams Publishers Ltd.

Later that month Geraldine joined up with New York poet George Wallace, co-tutoring with him at Brantwood Coniston, home of another visionary, John Ruskin. Clear blue skies, early morning mists over the lake and wall to wall sunshine, perfect for the Summer Solstice Poetry Course!  They also gave readings and workshops at Worktown Festival Bolton, Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, Write to Roam workshop near Kirkby Lonsdale and a talk at Swarthmoor Hall. Here’s a recording of her reading from Salt Road at the at the Worktown Festival

reading under the watchful eye of Rabbie Burns, Washington Park, Albany NY

Crossing the Pond to America Geraldine gave several readings and a workshop on Long Island, New York City and upstate New York, including Parkside Lounge NYC, Huntington Poetry Barn, Summer Gazebo Readings and the Walt Whitman Birthplace Long Island, Harmony Café Woodstock, Bright Hill Literary Centre Treadwell and Poets in the Park, Albany. "Thanks to our hosts George and Peggy Wallace, and to Dan Wilcox, Bertha Rogers, Cynthia Shor, Tony Iovino and Mike Platsky for inviting me to read. Geoff and I had blast!"

A bit of a whirlwind tour! interspersed with swims on the many wonderful beaches on Long Island, a visit to the Catskill Mountains – and yes she and her husband Geoff are sure they saw eagles and heard a coyote!  Geraldine sold copies of all the books she took with her of Salt Road and The Other Side of the Bridge, both published by Indigo Dreams. The covers and quality of the books were much admired and she sang the praises of Ronnie and Dawn, saying she couldn’t wish to work with more encouraging, supportive and professional publishers – Ronnie and Dawn’s ears must’ve been burning!

Reading from Salt Road and The Other Side of the Bridge at the Bright Hill Literary Centre, Catskills NY – proud to be published by Indigo Dreams!

Building on the success of the Body Parts course with Penelope Shuttle, she and Penny are once again teaming up to co- tutor on the Midsummer Poetry Course at Brantwood Coniston June 19th-21st 2015. This residential course has already attracted a number of bookings, but there are still places left. You can book directly through Brantwood   

But this is leaping ahead!  You can also catch Geraldine and friends at the following venues:

August 21st Mungrisdale Writers workshop, 10.30am-1.30pm
August 27th Walking in the Footsteps of Fox and Fell, Swarthmoor Hall 7.30pm
September 11th Grange Library 2.30pm-4pm, reading with several members of her monthly Write to Roam group, Geraldine will be reading from Salt Road, IDP
September 14th Touch the Earth, creative writing workshop Swarthmoor Hall, 2pm-5pm
September 27th Write to Roam 10.30am-4.30pm near Kirkby Lonsdale £30 incl. refreshments
November 7th-9th Writing Retreat Brantwood Coniston Cumbria, with guest poet Pippa Little
November 16th Living Words creative writing workshop ‘Healing Well’ Swarthmoor Hall

Planning ahead, 2015:
June 12th Midsummer Festival of Words, Swarthmoor Hall – music and poetry in the gardens of the Hall, celebrating Geraldine’s time as writer-in-residence and also celebrating new work created by participants on the four Living Words workshops exploring elements, myths and the seasons.

Plans are also in hand for a further poetry tour in America, courtesy of New York poet George Wallace

Details of all Geraldine’s readings and workshops can be found on her blog, Salt Road

You can read a sample of Geraldine's work published by Indigo Dreams, here
and here:
John Clare Virtual Celebrations
or listen to an interview  she gave with Mankh (Walter E Harris III), of Allbook-books:

Finally, but importantly, thank you Ronnie Goodyer and Dawn Bauling at Indigo Dreams for being such wonderful publishers to work with, patient, supportive, professional and caring, who could ask for more ?
Geraldine Green August 6th 2014

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Poetry Trip, America, August 2015

Come and join us for poetry in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

August 4th Sip This, Valley Stream, Long Island, host Lorraine Conlin

August 5th William Carlos Williams Centre Rutherford New Jersey, host Claudia Serea
Aug 6th    Geraldine Green and George Wallace  'Patchogue Alive After 5' Street Festival

August 9th Maritime Center East Hampton Long Island, host AnnaLee reading with George Wallace

August 11th The Noshery Amityville, Long Island, host Russ Green

August 14th Artist Tree Bristol Connecticut with George Wallace, host Colin Haskins

Wednesday, 28 June 2017



Join us at Brantwood Coniston, former home of John Ruskin, for a weekend of poetry, good food, views and company. The course will run from 2pm Thursday 15th June to 2pm Saturday June 17th 2017. 

Using a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing will be produced. There will be an opportunity for group feedback at the end of each session and one-to-one tutorials with the tutors on Saturday morning. 

The gardens and grounds of Brantwood, with views across the Lake to Coniston Old Man Dow Crag and Coppermines Valley, are an ideal setting for a weekend writing course. Course participants are also welcome to look around the house free of charge during the weekend. 

Course fee: £240
This includes evening meals on Thursday and Friday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

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.

Bed and Breakfast 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. You can bathe in Ruskin's bath! 

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. 

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, can also be booked, if required.

Further information and booking is available through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396 
early booking is advisable!

Information on the tutors can be found here:

Pippa Little

You can hear Geraldine read her 'Gondola' poem here A Day on the Gondola written as part of the project she was involved in, with the National Trust SY Gondola Poetry Project Summer 2016:

COURSE OUTLINE: June 15th-17th 2017

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE - 1pm at The Lodge: Welcome to Brantwood!

1pm – Geraldine, Pippa and Rachel to meet participants at The Lodge for refreshments. Anyone arriving before 1pm is welcome to look round Brantwood, its house and gardens. Maps of the grounds are available, please ask at Reception.

1.45pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, Brantwood, situated next to The Studio (signposted) for Welcome and Introduction to the Course. Pippa and Geraldine to explain the timetable for the weekend.

Fire exits shown by green arrows. Toilets can be found next to the Schoolroom and also by the Linton Room, situated between the Lodge and Main House.

2-3.15pm – Introduction and Welcome followed by writing prompts

3.15 – 3.30pm: Break for coffee/tea

3.30-5pm – Writing prompts continued

5-6.30pm – Free time to enjoy the grounds and/or rest

6.30pm - Gather at The Lodge 

7pm – Dinner in Brantwood Cafe situated close to the Lodge

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE – Meet in The Schoolroom

9.30-11am – writing exercises using a variety of stimuli to produce new writing

11-11.15am – Break

11.15am – 12.30pm – writing exercises continued

12.30-1.30pm – LUNCH at Brantwood Cafe. 

1.30-3.15pm - Outdoor writing session/reflective walk.

3.15-3.30pm – Break, tea/coffee in The Schoolroom

3.30-4.30pm - Time to write up a poem produced from the writing exercises 

4.30-6pm – Free time

6pm - meet back at The Lodge

6.30pm - Evening meal in Brantwood Cafe

8-9pm – Evening Reading by Pippa, Geraldine and the Group in Brantwood Cafe 

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE - Meet in The Schoolroom

10-11.30am – Writing exercises, plus one to one tutorials 

11.30-11.45am – Break

11.45-1pm - Writing exercises plus one to one tutorials 

1pm-2pm  – light lunch at Brantwood Cafe and Depart

Please note: the Group is welcome to look round the House and Grounds over the weekend. Thank you and welcome!

photos by Geraldine Green (copyright)