Due to an early mix-up with dates between the hotel and myself, Rebecca Goss is no longer able to tutor on the 2015 Poetry Workshop Carousel, which I’m really sad about. She will hopefully be coming back to tutor on the 2016 course, so please watch this space!
The new dates for the Poetry Workshop Carousel are the 11th-13th December 2015. Tutors confirmed so far are myself, Andrew Forster and Ian Duhig. I will hopefully be able to confirm the fourth tutor in the next couple of days or so, and it will be someone as equally fabulous as Rebecca, but fabulous in a different way.
In case you missed my earlier post about this, the Poetry Workshop Carousel will be taking place at Abbot Hall Hotel, Kents Bank, Grange Over Sands. The course will be made up of a carousel of four workshops with four different tutors. Each participant will attend a 2 hour workshop with each tutor as part of a small, intimate workshop group. In the evening, the groups will come together for poetry readings from the tutors and invited guest readers. I estimate the workshop groups will be between six and eight people.
The cost of the course will be £230. This includes four workshops, two readings on the Friday and Saturday night, accommodation and all food for the weekend – a three-course meal on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and three course evening meal on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday. The course begins at 4pm on Friday and finishes at 12 on Sunday.
If you haven’t been to Kents Bank or Grange Over Sands before, it is a beautiful place. The hotel is set in wonderful grounds, right on the edge of Morecombe Bay and a two minute walk from Kents Bank train station. There is a lovely swimming pool in the hotel and the intention for the weekend is to take over the hotel with poets! If you have any questions at all about the course structure or content, please get in touch with me via the Contact page. Places are limited and I’m expecting them to go quickly, so if you would like to book, please phone Abbot Hall directly on 015395 32896.
Over the weekend, I’m planning to put up a draft programme for the weekend, but the start time for the first workshop will be 4pm on Friday 4th December and the finish time will be Sunday lunchtime at 12pm, if you are thinking about booking trains.
Here is a little bit more information about the fantastic tutors who I’ve chosen not just because of their reputation as poets, but also because of their reputation for running fantastic workshops.
A former homelessness worker, Ian Duhig has written six books of poetry, three of which were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize as well as the Whitbread and Costa Poetry Awards. He has won the Forward Best Poem Prize, the National Poetry Competition and was a joint winner of a Shirley Jackson Award for one of his short stories. A Cholmondeley Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has taught at all levels from beginner to post-graduate and his university posts include being the International Writer Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. If you would like to order any of Ian’s books, you can buy them direct from Picador here
Andrew Forster is originally from South Yorkshire but he lived in Scotland for twenty years before moving to Cumbria in 2008. He has published three full-length collections of poetry, two with Flambard Press, ‘Fear of Thunder’ (2007) and ‘Territory’ (2010), and ‘Homecoming’ with Smith Doorstop (2015). ‘Fear of Thunder’ was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and ‘Homecoming’ is shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award . Two poems, ‘Horse Whisperer’and ‘Brothers’, appear in the AQA GCSE syllabus. He has worked in Literature Development for 17 years and until recently was Literature Officer at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere.
Kim Moore’s first full length collection ‘The Art of Falling’ was published by Seren in 2015. Her first pamphlet ‘If We Could Speak Like Wolves’ was a winner in the Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition in 2012. It was named in the Independent as a Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award and was the runner up in the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. She was awarded the Geoffrey Dearmer prize by Poetry Review in 2010, an Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and a Northern Writers Award in 2014 and is one of five UK poets selected to take part in Versopolis, a European project aimed at bringing the work of young UK poets to a wider European audience. Her poem ‘In That Year’ is on the shortlist for the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Published Poem.
*FOURTH TUTOR TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY*
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