Welcome 2018

It’s incredible that we have arrived so quickly at our second season. It seems only yesterday that Willy Russell cut the ribbon and proclaimed The Garsdale Retreat officially open.

Since then, much water has flowed under Clough Bridge with our courses and retreats enjoying great success. We have been delighted to have received so much outstanding feedback from both tutors and participants. There is clear unanimity on what people particularly like with three aspects clearly at the top: our remote and beautiful location – a wonderful environment for writing; excellent and inspiring tuition and Rebecca’s cordon bleu cooking.

In our second season, we are building on the successes of the first and keeping the formula essentially the same. However, we are expanding with more non-poetry courses being offered. Responding to suggestions in 2017, we are now offering more for the fiction and non-fiction writer as well as introducing courses on playwriting and memoir.

We are delighted to publish last years testimonials amongst which is poet, Paul Deaton’s observation that The Garsdale Retreat is set to become a ‘sanctuary for writers in the north.’ We certainly hope this is the case. In all events, we certainly see ourselves as a sanctuary from the constraints and pressures of everyday life and a haven where, to use Willy Russell’s words, people can benefit from the ‘transformative and restorative power’ of art and creativity.

Rebecca and I hope you find a course or retreat to suit your creative needs in 2018 and look forward to welcoming you to Garsdale in all its natural splendour.

Hamish Wilson
Course Director