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June 2018

Arvon walking retreat

- at Lumb Bank Arvon Centre

“Perhaps”, wrote the poet Wallace Stevens, “the truth depends on a walk around a lake.” This course, run by the Arvon foundation in Yorkshire, and led by me, assisted by local walking author Christopher Goddard, aims to stimulate your creativity through a combination of daily guided walks in the woods and hills, readings and reflections from other writers, close observations of nature and landscape, time to spend on your own writing, and tutorials in which you will receive detailed feedback…

July 2018

The Way?


I'll be chairing a discussion at the Curious Arts festival in Dorset, with Miriam Darlington, Bridget Nicholls, Valentine Warner and Tony Riddle. We'll be talking about the state of the green movement, technological hubris, progress and other light summer topics.

August 2018

Wild Writing

- at Boghill Centre, County Clare, Ireland

Retreat for two days and two nights to the moors and woods of the west of Ireland. Spend the days with other writers, learning, writing, talking. Let the weather and the wilds and the old spirits in the hedgerows and the streams have their way with you. What will be the impact on your words? This is a weekend-long course for writers of any kind, with any level of experience, who want to re-inject some of the spirit of nature into…

May 2019

Wild Twins

at Sherkin Island, Ireland

Eight writers. Eight artists. Two teachers. Five days. A wild Irish island. Making ink, pens, books and paints by hand from natural materials. Responding to the sea, the wind, the land and each other. Stories by the fire. Good food and company. Wild Twins is a unique course designed to offer all this and, who knows, perhaps more. This five day course is designed to offer new challenges to both writers and artists. We will give you permission to uncivilise your writing and art, listen to…

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