Form and Ambiguity

Monday March 28th - Saturday April 2nd 2022

Lumb Bank

This week will be a deep focus on poetry and poetics (both in reading and writing) with a view to broadening the potentialities of your poems and how you write. This is perfect for any poet who needs to look away from the pressures of publishing zeitgeists to focus on what really matters: form and language.

With tutors Anthony Anaxagorou and Rachael Allen you’ll study the work of a wide range of contemporary poets – writing across a variety of styles. You’ll consider the way these poets draw from and combine different pools of inspiration; with a focus on their ingenuity and craft, you’ll reflect on how these aspects of the creative process could be applied to your own practise.

This course will help you out of any habits you may have fallen into as a writer and you’ll learn more about your own work. Tutors will help you test the limits of what you’re already writing, while looking at new avenues and pathways for future poems.

Single room price: £815


Grants are available to help with the course fee


Lumb Bank house

Lumb Bank

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowners house in West Yorkshire, which once belonged to Ted Hughes. It’s set in 20 acres of steep woodland with breathtaking views to the valley below.


Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank


Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank


Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank


Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst


The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

“I arrived at the beginning of the week wondering whether I might be a writer or even if I could write. But when I left, not only did I feel I could write, I knew that’s what I was going to do next.”

—Piers Torday

“It is invaluable to writers at an early stage to have this feedback on their work. Many people on my course said that they wished that they had received this type of input earlier in their career – that it might have borne fruit and improved their success. It also provides time to think – in an over complicated world it is hard to carve time for yourself against the requirements of work, family, and daily chores. Arvon was a breath of fresh creative air.”

—Penny Clark

“Both courses I attended have had a massive impact on my writing, and been part of the motivation and encouragement I needed to begin working professionally as a writer.”

—Course participant



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