Children’s & Young People’s Reading with Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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This tutored writing retreat offers you the opportunity to work on individual poems or towards a pamphlet, under the guidance of experienced and inspiring tutors, Mimi Khalvati and Karen McCarthy Woolf.
Daily tutorials will focus on the redrafting and editing process, with particular emphasis on finding the optimum form for your work-in-progress, as well as identifying themes, stylistic devices and structures to help you develop a short collection or sequence.
There will also be a chance to share readings in evening sessions and to benefit from working alongside your co-writers in the group. This course welcomes anyone who would like to develop their writing skills or who has a body of work in need of sympathetic guidance and feedback.
Mimi Khalvati has published nine collections with Carcanet Press. She is the founder of the Poetry School and a Fellow of…
Karen McCarthy Woolf’s An Aviary of Small Birds was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection…
John McCullough lives in Hove. His third book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds, was published with Penned in…
Band A (rooms are located in the main house with a guaranteed valley view): £865
Band B (rooms are located in the barn or main house without a valley view): £815
Concessions: Band A Room £605.50
Concessions: Band B Room £570.50
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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.
Arrive in the afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.
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.
From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. On Wednesday evening the guest speaker will join you for a reading and Q&A.
From Tuesday to Friday in the mornings and afternoons, the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. Tutors often lead an optional Masterclass during the week.
From Tuesday to Friday the focus will be on individual work and one to one time with the tutors. On Friday there will be the customary sharing of work produced – or honed – during the rest of the week.
The week comes to a close after breakfast. Depart by 10am. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.
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