Children’s & Young People’s Reading with Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Q&A and Reading
i love you to the moon &
not back, let’s not come back, let’s go by the speed of
queer zest & stay up
there & get ourselves a little
– Chen Chen
Let’s get ourselves a little moon cottage in Devon and dream the queer future we all want to see.
During this dynamic week, tutors Keith Jarrett and Rosie Garland will support and encourage you to develop your voice as a queer poet, alongside like-minded writers in an inclusive environment.
During workshops you’ll explore a wide variety of queer poetry from poets past and present, always with a focus on your own writing through lots of playful and powerful prompts and exercises. With plenty of time for discussion, questions and group work, there will also be opportunities for individual feedback from your tutors, where you’ll be offered guidance on ways to develop and craft your poems.
Expect fun, discovery and plenty of writing on this week for LGBTQI+ writers at any stage of their careers.
Keith Jarrett is a writer, poet, performer and educator based in London. He is a UK Poetry Slam Champion and FLUPP…
Rosie Garland writes long and short fiction, poetry and sings with post-punk band The March Violets. Rosie’s latest poetry collection is…
Jay Bernard (FRSL, FRSA) is a writer and film programmer from London whose work is interdisciplinary, critical, queer and rooted in…
Single room: £845
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.
Physical Access at Totleigh Barton:
We do not currently recommend this house if you are a wheelchair user. Totleigh Barton is a sixteenth-Century manor house and has many steps and tight corners. In the future we hope to redevelop the property to provide level access. 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Totleigh Barton, the first ever Arvon centre, is a 16th-century manor house in one of the most peaceful and idyllic parts of Devon.
Totleigh Barton is a thatched manor house with single occupancy rooms and shared bathrooms. The house offers many comfortable lounge and spaces to relax and write throughout the house and a renovated barn offers a comfortable space for evening readings. Mobile and Wi-Fi signal is limited. We invite you to think of a retreat to this beautiful old house as a full ‘digital detox’ – a chance to make real progress with your writing with no distractions.
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.
Totleigh Barton lies two miles from the village of Sheepwash, with walks along the River Torridge nearby. There is a beautiful and productive garden and quiet spaces on-site for writing.
See here for more information on Totleigh Barton.
Arrive in the afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.
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.
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.
Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
The week comes to a close after breakfast, departures by 10am. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.
Q&A and Reading
Breathing life and vitality into your memoir
Release, replenish and renew
Zoom Masterclass with Rosie Garland
Freedom and structure
Polishing and perfecting your poems
Using the rhythm of walking to stimulate writing