Poetry

Writing the Haunted Landscape

Monday August 2nd - Saturday August 7th 2021

Lumb Bank

How can we be bodily present in the landscape while remaining conscious of what is absent, admire the vista while acknowledging its compromised nature? How can our writing reflect this? In this course – led by Steve Ely and Harriet Tarlo – we’ll engage with the revenants of the past, the realities of the present and our fears of the future. In the flux of the Anthropocene, landscapes are continually in the process of being transformed and remade and our experience is increasingly haunted by ecological hopes and anxieties. Participants will write poems arising from their engagement with the rich human and more-than-human histories of the landscape around Lumb Bank, although all methods and practices are transferable and can be used to facilitate writing about any place.

Workshops will comprise a combination of indoor sessions and outdoor walking activities. All levels of experience welcome. Your interest in writing about landscape in any poetic/hybrid form is the only requirement.

*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

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.
Grants are available to help with the course fee

COURSE TUTORS

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.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

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

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

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

Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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

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