“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.
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COURSES AT Lumb Bank ALL COURSES
2 . STARTING TO WRITE
Kick-start your writing
Whether you’re just starting out or stuck in a rut, we’ll help you take the ...
- Tim Pears
- Greta Stoddart
- Guest: Emma Healey
6 . STARTING TO WRITE
Trigger your imagination
You want to write, but don’t know where to begin. You already write but find ...
- Tiffany Murray
- Paul Batchelor
- Guest: Wyl Menmuir
9 . SHORT STORY: TOWARDS A COLLECTION
Sift, select, edit, polish
Have you written a number of stories but are now finding they fit different the ...
- Lawrence Scott
- Barbara Jenkins
- Guest: Pauline Melville
12 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Enriching, enlivening and finishing your fiction
This week is designed for all those who have a piece of fiction under way or ju ...
- James Scudamore
- Adam Foulds
- Guest: A.L. Kennedy
15 . FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
Planning, drafting and rewriting
What if the story you’ve written is not quite the one that wants to be told? ...
- Alan Warner
- Ruth Thomas
- Guest: Kevin Barry
18 . FICTION: TUTORED RETREAT
Genre, style, structure
Each piece of work-in-progress throws up a fresh set of technical difficulties ...
- Patricia Duncker
- Andrew Cowan
- Guest: Rose Tremain
21 . FICTION
Getting going, keeping going
Writing fiction is hard work, and also incredibly rewarding. This week will hel ...
- Jess Richards
- Stephen May
- Guest: Mahsuda Snaith
26 . SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Science fiction and fantasy encompass a dazzling array of potential worlds and ...
- Mark Barrowcliffe
- Emma Newman
- Guest: M R Carey
27 . CRIME FICTION
Getting forensics right in mysteries and thrillers
A week for crime and thriller writers who like to keep it real. As a unique pai ...
- Margaret Murphy
- Helen Pepper
- Guest: Ann Cleeves
33 . POETRY
Dwelling in mysteries
For John Keats, the best writers were ‘capable of being in uncertainties, my ...
- Sarah Howe
- David Morley
- Guest: Jacob Polley
38 . POETRY
A perfect unit
For writers with some experience who are ready to examine ways to develop a po ...
- Colette Bryce
- John McAuliffe
- Guest: Zaffar Kunial
40 . Starting to Write Poetry
Starting writing, keeping going
A serious but hugely enjoyable week particularly aimed at those beginning to wr ...
- Ann and Peter Sansom
- Guest: Kim Moore
41 . Poetry
“When one is highly alert to language . . . everything begs to be in a poem ...
- Caroline Bird
- Luke Kennard
- Guest: Emma Simon
45 . Experimental Poetry
Playing with form and language
Suitable for new poets and more experienced writers who would like to explore ...
- Scott Thurston
- Harriet Tarlo
- Guest: Maggie O’Sullivan
47 . Poetry: Tutored Retreat
The refining fire
This week offers direction and specific guidance in the process of writing and ...
- Kathryn Maris
- Maurice Riordan
- Guest: Tom Sleigh
51 . Poetry
The difficult second album
How do poets negotiate the challenge of defining and re-defining their voice? ...
- Bill Herbert
- Helen Mort
- Guest: Tara Bergin
52 . Nature Writing
Finding language for a living world
This week is about paying attention to the natural world, intended for writers ...
- Kathleen Jamie
- Mark Cocker
- Guest: Karen Lloyd
54 . Life Writing
Departures, arrivals, journeys . . . how do we go about telling personal and f ...
- Elise Valmorbida
- Aamer Hussein
- Guest: Fadia Faqir
57 . Narrative Non-Fiction
Turning factual stories into crafted narrative
This week will give you the tools to write engaging narrative non-fiction, tur ...
- Tobias Jones
- Andrea Stuart
- Guest: Horatio Clare
59 . Life Writing: Writing Family History
Family as fact, fiction and myth
Families provide some of our most powerful stories – whether they’re funny ...
- Alice Jolly
- John-Paul Flintoff
- Guest: Amy Liptrop
64 . YOUNG ADULT FICTION: WORK-IN-PROGRESS
The art and craft of writing teenage fiction
It takes a lot to keep a teenage reader turning the pages. Well-developed chara ...
- Catherine Johnson
- Martyn Bedford
- Guest: Sarah Crossan
66 . SCREENWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
Take your writing to the next level
An opportunity to work on your script under the supervision of an award-winning ...
- Clio Barnard
- Lila Rawlings
- Guest: Paul Viragh
69 . THEATRE FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS
Crafting meaningful plays
A practical opportunity to think outside the box when creating theatre for youn ...
- Chris Elwell
- David Lane
- Guest: Marleen Vermeulen
71 . PLAYWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
Spend time wth your script
So, you are a new playwright, and you have written a stage play, or nearly fini ...
- Jane Fallowfield
- Graham Whybrow
- Guest: Suhayla El Bushra
73 . MUSICAL THEATRE
Using music and lyrics to tell the tale
For those who want to experiment with how a story can be told through song and ...
- Willy Russell
- Nick Stimson
75 . TELEVISION DRAMA
Taking your idea from page to screen
Explore the core elements of screenwriting for television through the unique le ...
- Regina Moriarty
- Alexis Hood
- Guest: Eleanor Greene
79 . WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE
Crafting text to support live performance
This week is aimed at writers and theatre-makers who want to make work outside ...
- Tim Crouch
- Chris Thorpe
- Guest: Selina Thompson
83 . RETREAT
No distractions but the occasional owl and the crackle of the wood stove. Retre ...