“The grounds of Lumb Bank are breathtaking and
I’ll never forget the stunning view.”
The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century mill-owner’s house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. The house stands in 20 acres of steep woodland and has a breathtaking view to the valley below – a Pennine landscape of woods and rivers, weavers’ cottages, packhorse trails and ruins of old mills. It is half a mile from the historic village of Heptonstall and two miles from Hebden Bridge.
There are 14 single rooms and one shared room. Bathrooms are shared with up to four other writers, usually fewer. You’ll find many quiet places to write in the house and garden – and a well-stocked library.
One bedroom has a specially adapted bathroom for people with mobility issues and can also accommodate a personal assistant. Physical access around the site can be difficult. If you have any specific access requirements, please discuss with us prior to booking.
From Halifax: Take the A646 through Hebden Bridge and follow signs for ‘Heptonstall via turning circle’. Make use of the turning circle to double back and turn left at the traffic lights by the Fox and Goose pub, up the steep hill. Do not take the left turn to Heptonstall (signed ‘access only’); instead, keep driving on Lee Wood Road, then Draper Lane. As you approach the houses at Slack Bottom, take the left-hand turn towards Heptonstall. Continue 30 yards. The lane to Lumb Bank is on your right by the benches and bus stop.
Hebden Bridge railway station is on the main Manchester Victoria to Leeds line with trains from both cities at regular intervals. You can catch the E Bridger bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station. Every half hour you can catch the 596 bus (Blackshaw Head) to the top of the Lumb Bank lane from the railway station.
Eden Summer & Arvon – Liz Flanagan
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COURSES AT Lumb Bank ALL COURSES
4 . STARTING TO WRITE
Fearless First Drafts
Do you know the feeling – you’re full of ideas, but when you sit down to w ...
- Clare Pollard
- Nikesh Shukla
- Guest: Kayo Chingonyi
19 . EDITING FICTION
Midwifery and meddling, marketing and mending
This week is aimed at anyone interested in editing their own fiction, to impro ...
- Max Porter
- Francesca Main
- Guest: Cynan Jones
21 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Pushing through to finish your novel
This course is for writers who are already part way through a work of fiction ...
- Jenni Fagan
- Niall Griffiths
- Guest: Sarah Butler
25 . FICTION WITH A GOTHIC TWIST
Something of the night
The Gothic is not just a genre but, more so, a tendency across all genres – ...
- Diane Setterfield
- James Friel
- Guest: Lauren Owen
29 . HISTORICAL FICTION
The challenge and reward of writing historical fiction
Writers often look to the past to understand the present but how do you make y ...
- James Runcie
- Ian Sansom
- Guest: Antonia Hodgson
38 . POETRY
New ways of generating new work
To get you writing in fresh ways, this course will focus on generating new wor ...
- Jacob Polley
- Jean Sprackland
- Guest: Sean Borodale
39 . POETRY
Between states: poetry lost and found in its hinterlands
‘Between States’ refers to ideas on the verge of becoming poems, or poems ...
- Mimi Khalvati
- Ian Duhig
- Guest: Mona Arshi
43 . POETRY
Inventing a language
“Resist much, obey little,” said Whitman. Is this how originality is born? ...
- Tim Liardet
- Jennifer Militello
- Guest: Bill Herbert
45 . POETRY
The joy of poetry
Are you seeking to find new ways to write, to put the fun, the freshness, the ...
- Daljit Nagra
- Julia Copus
- Guest: Emily Berry
55 . STARTING TO WRITE NON-FICTION
Finding the centre of your life-writing story
How do you find the centre of the life-writing story that you’re trying to t ...
- Colin Grant
- Laura Barton
- Guest: Ian Thomson
60 . PICTURE BOOKS
Dancing with words: dreaming in pictures
What comes first in the making of a picture book? Words? An idea? An image? Th ...
- Joyce Dunbar
- Petr Horacek
- Guest: Polly Dunbar
70 . PLAYWRITING
Experiments in writing for the stage
This course will allow your imagination to unfold in your theatre writing and ...
- Mervyn Millar
- Carl Grose
- Guest: Horse and Bamboo
74 . SONGWRITING
Off the beaten track
This course, for songwriters with some experience, will guide you on a quest to ...
- Samantha Parton
- Kathryn Williams
- Guest: Bill Ryder-Jones
75 . BOOK ART
Are you a writer interested in making, or an artist who would like to explore n ...
- Rachel Hazell
- Stevie Ronnie
- Guest: Amy Shelton