This course invites both new and experienced poets to develop their art within a friendly, supportive environment. A combination of workshops, readings and one-to-one tutorials will explore the craft and mystery of writing poetry.
The value of learning from a broad range of poetic voices will underscore workshops partly inspired by the inner landscape of Memory and by the stunning dales surrounding the retreat. Tutorials will help you in the redrafting of your poems and in approaches to form.
Above all else, ‘Writing Poetry’ will offer you precious time and space to enjoy refining your work in a relaxed atmosphere and in the company of fellow poets. Bring along your favourite poems, to share in the evenings, and a musical instrument, if so inclined!
Tutor: Paul Henry – Poet/Songwriter
Paul Henry came to poetry through songwriting and is the author of eleven books of verse, including The Brittle Sea: New & Selected Poems. Described by U.A. Fanthorpe as “a poet’s poet” who combines “a sense of the music of words with an endlessly inventive imagination”, Paul has tutored Creative Writing for many years and is a Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales. He has read and performed his work at festivals across Europe, India and the USA and is currently touring a performance version of his new collection, The Glass Aisle, with Stornoway frontman Brian Briggs. He’s also presented programmes for Radio Wales, BBC Radio 3 and 4. www.paulhenrywales.co.uk
“Henry is working at the core of lyric poetry, with love and loss and the ‘deeper river’.” – The Poetry Review
“His poetry deepens our perception of the world.” – Hugo Williams
On Boy Running: “An obsessive look at time and all the loss it carries… Henry’s rich, wise and regretful poems should be better known than they are and this is a good place to begin.” – The TLS
“Boy Running is a good place to start on Henry’s poetry, if you don’t already know it, then work backwards for a sense of the power of melancholy and that untranslatable word, ‘hiraeth’.” – The North
On The Brittle Sea: “The Brittle Sea spans a sleek twenty years. Gesturing equally backwards and forwards, it marks Henry’s quiet rise as a major lyric poet while whetting the appetite for what is sure to be a very rich later career.” – The Poetry Review
“This is a beautiful, moving book concerned with a preservation and celebration of the past: poignant, yet unsentimental. It is a must for fans of Henry’s work and a thoughtful selection for readers coming to his poems for the first time.” – New Welsh Review
“Paul Henry is the poet I wish I could be. If I ever meet a genie and get three wishes, I’m asking for his musicality, his use of back-story and his ability to create the most haunting resonance.” – Sheenagh Pugh
Photo: Zed Nelson
Guest, Wednesday evening: Fleur Adcock – Poet
Fleur Adcock was born in New Zealand but spent the years 1939-47 in England and has lived in London since 1963. Her books of poetry, all published by Bloodaxe Books, are: Poems 1960-2000 (2000), Dragon Talk (2010), Glass Wings, (2013), The Land Ballot (2015) and Hoard (2017).
She has also published translations from Romanian and medieval Latin poetry, edited several anthologies, including The Faber Book of 20th Century Women’s Poetry, and written libretti and texts for a number of musical works. In 2006 she was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.
Photo: Jemimah Kuhfeld
|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 28th May 2018.|
|END TIME||After breakfast, 10:00 am on Saturday 2nd June 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.