Residential Short Course: Poetry
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Residential Short Course: Poetry

Writing the landscape
Tutors
  • Clare Shaw Poetry Tutor
    Clare Shaw
  • Carola Luther
Date Thursday September 22nd - Sunday September 25th 2022
Location Lumb Bank

Discover the extraordinary moors and valleys around Lumb Bank, in person and in your poetry, as both fact and metaphor on this course for poets of all levels of experience.

With tutors Carola Luther and Clare Shaw you’ll explore poetry that centres on place and the natural world, considering your associations, perspective and, in situ, a sense of place in and response to the Calder Valley. You’ll also consider the landscapes of other environments: of your past and possible future, paying close attention to the sounds and shapes of your poetry in response to the world around you.

You will come away having explored the ways landscapes of personal history, culture and internal worlds can and do inform your approach to poetry, and how they can transform the work you produce.

Single room: £610 (standard room), £560 (lower cost room)

Concessions: £427 (standard room), £392 (lower cost room)

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 30% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.

Grants are available to help with the course fee

Physical Access at Lumb Bank:

We do not recommend this house if you are a wheelchair user. Plans are underway to redevelop the house to provide level access. There is 1 level access en-suite bedroom – the Log shed. There is level access from outside into the workshop room and level access into the sitting room. Door widths are generally narrow, though all door handles are at an accessible height. There is no designated car park. If you have a mobility impairment, we can allocate you a space in the courtyard (1 place per course). Others are asked to park at the top of a long steep lane and make their way on foot to the house. For additional detailed information on physical access in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, dining, shared spaces and the grounds please visit our dedicated access page.

General Access Information for Residential Writing Weeks:

Available on all courses for those who are Deaf, Partially Deaf or who have significant hearing loss

We provide BSL interpreters on some courses. If you require this please check whether the course you are interested in offers this facility. Or get in touch on our dedicated access email: access@arvon.org

Available on all courses for those who are blind, partially sighted or who have significant sight loss

Available on all courses for those who have Dyslexia

There’s no need to worry about spelling, grammar or handwriting on our courses, the focus is on creativity.

Available on all courses to those who identify as Neuro Divergent

Arvon is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment to all.

If you need to take some time out to rest, or be alone, you’re welcome to do so. Participation in any activity is entirely at your discretion.

Our grants scheme may be able to cover a portion of your course fees. Disability costs and additional living/support costs are taken into account when considering your grant application. You may also be entitled to concession pricing on selected courses.

For additional detailed information on how we can support people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, and those with special diets and allergies, please see our dedicated access page.

If you have any questions or concerns and want to chat to a member of staff prior to booking please contact us on access@arvon.org

The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank is an 18th-century millowner’s 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.

You’ll find many quiet places to write in the house and garden – and a well-stocked library. All rooms are single occupancy, and bathrooms are shared.

All your meals are provided, locally and sustainably sourced wherever possible. Help yourself to breakfast, our team will prepare lunch, and dinner is prepared in groups each evening using the delicious recipes and ingredients provided.

Explore the 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.

See here for more information on Lumb Bank.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive at lunchtime, afternoon workshop, after dinner the tutors read from their own work.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner evening workshop or group session.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshop, one to one tutorials and time to write in the afternoon, after dinner group celebratory readings.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Thursday

Depart after breakfast by 10am.

“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.”
— Participant, Residential Writing Week

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