Poetry: Tutored Retreat

What Is a Poem?

Monday January 31st - Saturday February 5th 2022

Lumb Bank

What is a poem and what does it mean to be a poet? On this tutored retreat, you’ll explore this question in depth. You’ll share dreams and experiment with the limits of your writing; you’ll consider how poems function in different contexts, and how those contexts, in turn, can transform your work.

You’ll join tutors Will Harris and Nisha Ramaya and gather with your peers in a place, in ceremony, under the stars. You’ll interact with the histories – political, social, geological – of the landscape and gain a renewed sense of what poems can be to others and the world at large.

No not poems, instead: the energy that comes through them like yellow lightning through the back of a broken mirror propped up in the roots of a tree at the place where the forest meets the flank of the meadow’s grass… – Bhanu Kapil

*We have worked hard to ensure our retreats are as Covid-compliant as possible and can’t wait to welcome you to Lumb Bank. To learn more about the measures we have taken please click here

Single room price: £815

Grants are available to help with the course fee

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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.

“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

Monday

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

Tuesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Tuesday evening the tutors will give readings from, or talks about their work followed by Q&A.

Wednesday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Wednesday evening the guest speaker will join you for a reading and Q&A.

Thursday

From Tuesday to Friday in the mornings and afternoons, the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days.

Friday

From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. We guarantee an hour with both tutors spread over the four days. On Friday there will be the customary sharing of work produced – or honed – during the rest of the week.

Saturday

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

What is a Tutored Retreat?

Tutored retreats are for more experienced writers, not beginners. The focus is on space to progress with your current work, plus in-depth support from two tutors available for one-to-one tutorials. Unlike our normal open courses, there are no workshops. Instead you will have four one-to-one tutorials, two with each tutor, as opposed to two on normal courses. A mid-week guest will read on Wednesday. On the last day you will all share your writing with a celebratory reading in the evening.

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