I had a great meeting with my co-tutor Jennifer Copley today. We spent the afternoon planning the timetable and workshops that we’ll be running at our upcoming Poetry Residential at Abbot Hall Hotel in Grange-Over-Sands. The residential is running from Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016. The course costs £424 and this includes workshops and evening readings, a tutorial with either myself or Jenny, accommodation, breakfast and three-course evening meals.
During the week, there will be time in the afternoons to work on poems, swim in the hotel swimming pool or go for a walk along the prom to Grange. I will be nipping out for a run, so if there are any running poets that fancy signing up, it would be great to have some company! There is a lovely flat run along the prom or nice hilly runs in the country roads around Grange.
Below is a description of the workshops that we’ll be running during the week. If you’d like to book a place, please get in touch with the hotel on 015395 32896. Spaces do tend to fill up quite quickly – but if you have any questions about the course, do get in touch. The course is suitable for beginners or more experienced writers.
I’ll be putting the timetable up for the course in the next week or so, but the basic format is workshops in the morning and readings in the evenings. In the afternoons, participants will have the chance to have a tutorial. We have a mystery guest poet and some mystery musicians joining us mid-week and they will also be revealed very shortly!
Poetry Residential Workshops (24th-28th October)
During this workshop we will be exploring how to create a life and history of a person from a mystery selection of objects, provided by Jenny. These objects will be drawn from the beaches and fells of Cumbria and from corners and forgotten cupboards in houses. This is an object workshop – but not as you know it! Be prepared to be inspired and delighted by Jenny’s collection of quirky and unusual objects.
Painting a Portrait
How can we paint a portrait with words? No paintbrushes necessary – in this workshop we will be looking at how to capture the essence of a person in a poem. We will be writing using family, friends, random strangers and ourselves as inspiration. We will look at how we can use dialogue and description to create colourful and vivid poems about people.
Suspended in Time
What stories do we leave behind us when we die? During this workshop you will be given photographs of abandoned homes, gravestones with unusual epitaphs and other memorials and asked to imagine the stories of the people associated with them.
I Am The People
During this workshop we will be looking at what happens in a poem when a poet speaks for a group of people, and how we can write about groups without slipping into stereotyping. We will also have a go at writing our own monologues for some famous and historical characters.