Poets have always used encounters with things to inspire their writing. During the course we will look at poems that have an encounter or a collision at their heart – whether this is an animal, a ghost, the past or the landscape. Come prepared to be immersed in reading and writing poetry! This course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers.
|Tutor: Kim Moore – Poet
Kim Moore’s first collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in 2015. Her poem ‘In That Year’ was shortlisted for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Published Poem. Her pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition. She won an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and a Northern Writers Award in 2014. She is one of five UK poets chosen to take part in Versopolis, a European Poetry Platform aimed at creating opportunities for emerging European poets and has performed her work at festivals in the UK, Ireland, Croatia, Holland and Macedonia. She was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship in 2016 and began a 3 year funded PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Guest, Wednesday evening: Ian McMillan – Poet/Broadcaster/Comedian
Ian McMillan is a writer and broadcaster who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3 every Friday night; he’s written poems, plays, a verse autobiography Talking Myself Home and a voyage round Yorkshire in Neither Nowt Nor Summat. He watches Darfield and Yorkshire Cricket Clubs and the only time he played cricket, at Low Valley Juniors in 1963, Mrs Hudson told him to take his balaclava off or she’d make him wear his mother’s Rainmate.Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism, Barnsley FC and now Barnsley Poet Laureate. As well as presenting The Verb every week, he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Countryfile, Pointless Celebrities, Pick of the Week, Last Word and BBC Proms Plus. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Previously, he was resident poet for English National Opera, UK Trade & Investment, Yorkshire TV’s Investigative Poet and Humberside Police’s Beat Poet. Cats make him sneeze. @IMcMillan www.ian-mcmillan.co.ukIan’s latest collection To Fold The Evening Star – New and Selected Poems (Carcanet) was published on 28 April. Ian has just been awarded The Freedom of Barnsley.’world-class – one of today’s greatest poetry performers’ Carol Ann Duffy
‘inching towards the status of a National Treasure’ Andy Kershaw‘Ian McMillan, owner of one of the finest broadcasting voices currently gracing the airwaves’ -Radio Times
‘the verbal gymnastics of a north country Spike Milligan coupled with the comic timing of Eric Morecambe’ – Martin Dimery, Frome Festival
|PRICES||Fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).
Single – En-suite room £760
|TO BOOK||£150 deposit payable on booking by PayPal, bank transfer or cheque, to secure place, balance due six weeks before start of course.
Please see Terms and Conditions.
|WHAT TO BRING||
|START TIME||Please arrive between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Monday 5th March 2018.|
|END TIME||After breakfast, 10:00 am on Saturday 10th March 2018.|
|LOCATION||The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW
Nearest station: Garsdale – direct line from Leeds.
The Garsdale Retreat provides an inspiring place to develop as a writer. Our courses offer opportunities for new, emerging and experienced writers. The tutors, all professional writers, lead workshops and also give one-to-one tutorials to help the individual student. In the remote and beautiful setting of The Yorkshire Dales, The Garsdale Retreat gives a wonderful opportunity to escape from the daily stresses of life and to draw inspiration from fellow students, tutors and the landscape itself.
All courses start on Monday afternoon, arrival time 4.00 – 6.00pm and finish after breakfast on Saturday, 10.00am
Although there will be slight variations, according to the type of course, students can generally expect the following outline:
Each day begins with a morning workshop at 9.30am where students explore particular aspects of the chosen genre and take part in writing exercises to further their understanding and expertise. Tutors also write alongside the students, sharing and developing work with participants. The immediacy of hearing or reading an expert’s emerging work gives invaluable insight and inspiration into the art of writing. All students have opportunities to share their work with the tutor and fellow writers in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment in which individual work is respected and confidence developed.
There is a mid-morning coffee break and the session finishes at lunchtime (1.00pm)
After lunch, participants are free to do whatever they like, such as: relax, go for walks, enjoy The Dales, draw, paint, read or work on individual writing projects.
All students have at least one individual tutorial which usually takes place in the early evening after tea and homemade cake.
Each evening there is an after-dinner event. The precise nature of this varies according to the type of course but participants can typically expect a tutor reading on Tuesday followed by a reading from a guest writer on the Wednesday evening. There is an informal activity on Thursday such as a student ‘open-mic’ night, or a tutor devised activity. On Friday, students and tutor take part in a reading of their work from the course-produced anthology.
All courses end after breakfast on Saturday.
Poetry Course Anthology
An integral part of poetry courses is the production of an anthology of writing produced in the week. It is, of course, accepted that work may not be completely polished and there is an element of work-in-progress about it. However, the aim of the anthology is to reflect a flavour of the work accomplished on the course by both tutor and participants and to provide them with an attractive record of their time at Garsdale. The Retreat stores copies of anthologies in the library, providing pleasure and inspiration for future students.