Wednesday, 11 April 2018

April/May Newsletter, poetry readings, workshops, courses

small tarn near Kitridding March 24th 2018, photo by Geraldine Green

April/May Newsletter 2018

*** stop press *** Delighted to have a poem in this wonderful anthology, pub. Vertebrate Press, out in autumn 2018
Waymaking anthology

Cumbrian writer Geraldine Green is looking forward to a busy Spring, Summer and Autumn 2018!

As well as her regular monthly “Write on the Farm” workshops, dates below:

April 21st
May 19th excellent IDP poet and tutor Catherine Ayres will be leading the morning session  - thanks Catherine!
June 16th South Walney Nature Reserve
September 29th - residential at South Walney Nature Reserve
October  20th
November 24th

Geraldine’s also delighted to be leading workshops and courses on the following dates:

Thursday April 26th 10 x week course 'Creative Writing for All' Adult Ed. Dallam Community Centre, Heversham, 10am-12pm

Saturday June 16th: 10.30am-4.30pm -  “Write on the Shore” at
Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve,
£35 incl. refreshments, please bring your own lunch, notebook and pen, binocs. and camera – waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear advised.

You can book a place through Geraldine on: geraldinegreen[dot]poetry1[at]
or contact CWT.

Friday June 22nd - Sunday June 24th: “Midsummer Poetry” residential poetry course at the lovely venue of Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, with co-tutors Pippa Little and Geraldine Green. 

Saturday June 30th 'Cindigo'  2.30-4.30pm    Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow G12 8AP  Tel:  0141 276 1618
Indigo Dreams poets team up with poets from Cinnamon Press
Five award-winning poets have teamed up to present an afternoon of poetry ranging over every aspect of human experience from cancer survival to the Wigtownshire Picts.  
A C Clarke, Geraldine Green, Kerry Darbishire, BBC Scotland poet in residence Stuart A Paterson, and Jay Whittaker will be reading from their recent collections.  Come and be moved, surprised, delighted. FREE event

September 5th invited back to run another poetry workshop for Bank Street Writers, Bolton - thank you Rod Riesco

September 16th Delighted to be leading a workshop for Scarborough Lapidus, followed by a reading - thanks Sue Spence - details to follow ...

Thursday, November 1st: 6.30pm-10pm  - Poetry Evening, Open Mic and Supper, Brantwood, Coniston: Geraldine is hosting and reading alongside fine poets Helen Mort, Graham Mort and Kerry Darbishire.
Eight open mic slots available - book early!  

Cost of supper and open mic slot £14
Cost of attending event as a non reader is also £14

“Write on the Farm” dates 2018:
April 21st
May 19th
June 16th
September 29th - residential at South Walney Nature Reserve
October  20th
November 24th

Geraldine blogs at Salt Road:

Sunday, 8 April 2018


across Coniston water from Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Very much looking forward to co-tutoring with Pippa Little on the 2018 Midsummer Poetry Course, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, UK


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 Friday June 22nd to 2pm Sunday 24th June 2018

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.

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Course fee: tbc (please contact Brantwood)
This includes evening meals on Friday and Saturday and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

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 tbc per person per room tbc per person shared occupancy tbc 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:

Geraldine Green
Pippa Little

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

COURSE OUTLINE: June 22-24 2018

Friday 22nd 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

Saturday 23rd 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

Sunday 24th 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!

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright