We are delighted to announce that Garsdale Retreat tutor, Roger Robinson has won this year’s TS Eliot prize for poetry. Roger led outstanding and inspirational courses in 2018 and 2019. Participants were among the first to hear a live reading from his prize-winning anthology A Portable Paradise. Also,Vidyan Ravinthiran, a 2018/19 guest reader, was short-listed for The Million-Petalled Flower Of Being Here. Participants were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of this last year pre-publication.
Our first untutored retreat of 2019 – the Spring Retreat – just finished today with very un-spring like weather! This was more than made up for by the crackling open fires with the daily tea and cake. Participants managed to get much writing done as well as getting out for walks each day between showers. One intrepid writer even enjoyed a bracing dip under a gushing waterfall!
We are delighted to announce the addition of a poetry course – Getting Poems Done, 23rd – 28th September, tutored by the inspirational Roger Robinson. Steve Ely is the mid-week guest, so book your places quick as this is one that is sure to sell out!
We are delighted to tell you our 2019 courses and untutored retreats are filling up quickly. All you need is the £150 deposit to secure a place on the course of your choice. Don’t miss out, there are only eight places on each course and seven on untutored retreats, so get that place booked!
Check out our exciting and inspiring 2018 courses, tutored retreats and untutored retreats on Wednesday 1st November.
Whilst still offering a broad selection of poetry courses, we have extended our range to include courses on: Writing for Children, Play Writing, Song Making, Crime Fiction, Memoirs and Novel Writing.
Don’t miss out on a place – bookings open 9.30am!
Now is the winter of your full content. Indulge yourself with log fires, mulled wine, outstanding food and the space to write.
Leave behind the distractions and stress of daily life to concentrate on kick-starting, developing or finishing a writing project.
Enjoy excellent, locally sourced food in simple, comfortable accommodation and marvel in the remote beauty of The Yorkshire Dales.
We are delighted to announce that award-winning writer, Willy Russell, is to officially open The Garsdale Retreat on June 29th. This is a great honour for us and is a wonderful way to launch our first season. Willy is probably best known to many for his highly successful plays: Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine both of which became cinema box-office hits, as well as Blood Brothers, London’s longest running stage musical. He also works as a creative writing tutor and has given great support to the Garsdale project. It will be a privilege to welcome him here in the summer.