Friday, 3 February 2017

Magazines and Anthologies 2017



I'm delighted to have had poems in the following magazines and anthologies - big thanks to all the editors!

Poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines in the UK, Italy and North America, including: Orbis, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed with Pipework, Rain Dog, Envoi, Smoke, Southlight, Seventh Quarry, Poetry Cornwall, Citizen 32, Diamond Twig and more!

UK anthologies:
Sculpted – Poetry of the North West; Running Before The Wind and The Price of Gold, Greyhen Press; On a Bat’s Wing (Five Leaves Press), Simply Connect (Cinnamon Press), Not a Drop – Just Oceans of Poetry; My Dear Watson – The Very Elements in Poetry; Heavenly Bodies – a constellation of poetry Beautiful Dragons Press; The Raspberry and the Rowan (Cumbria Wildlife Trust); The Other Side of Sleep, Arachne Press; Live from Worktown 2014; The Cockermouth Poets, River Press Cockermouth; Watershed, Harestone Press; Both Side of Hadrian’s Wall, Selkirk Lapwing Press; Advice on Proposals (Jane Austen), The Scratching of Pens (Brontes)Like This Press;

USA anthologies:
Primal Sanities – A Tribute to Walt Whitman (Allbook Books);
Elegant Rage – A Poetic Tribute to Woody Guthrie; From Maspeth to Montauk and Beyond, The North Sea Poetry Scene Press; Inspire the Planet, IGotMuse.com

Italy: anthology
Hortus Conclusus, Poetry on the Lake, ed. Gabriel Griffin

International:
For Rhino in a Shrinking World, The Poets Printery, ed. Harry Owen


Online magazines I've been published in include:
Ink, Sweat & Tears

Qualia

And other poems

The Poetry Shed

Peony Moon

The National Trust Project Write on the Gondola


Recommendations:

The Skin … there’s a freshness about her work that brought tears to my eyes. Real tears, like a child’s.” – Anne Stevenson, Mslexia OctNovDec 2003

Geraldine Green’s passion for and knowledge of the natural world and its spiritual energies has its roots and takes its cue from home ground, her native Cumbria.  She has noted her ‘long and deep connection’ with Cumbria. She draws inspiration from light over water, tidal energy, the intent of the land combined with rich tellings of family and local memory.  But her poems and prose-poems also travel the roads and the seas:  from Cumbria to Kansas, New Mexico, Spain, Greece, New York, Skye and Turkey.  

This poet takes her place in contemporary poetry with work that shines with joy in and respect for language.  The vitality of life’s many experiences are evoked here with all the senses. - Penelope Shuttle

"Geraldine Green’s poems are alert to landscape, seasons, rootedness that draws from deep aquifers of language, change that flits like cloud shadows across the page. Some seemed light as thistle heads but proved enduringly strong, rich with seed. As I read, I almost expected goldfinches to feed alongside me with their otherworldly attentiveness. But that attentiveness was all hers." - Graham Mort

 “Passio is a high-wire act where risk, desire and accomplishment create poems of precarious and touching beauty. There is a mythic quality to much of the work here; each poem a mantra of what is possible if we’re prepared to become – and remain – astonished by our lives.” – Professor Graham Mort

“Her personal travails find quiet relief in the memories of her pilgrimage and travel, which in turn generously spice her poems. She conveys memories so naturally, whether imagined, evolutionary, or conscious. The past is always present through language and memory. They don’t exist without each other.” – Mary Jo Malo – Unlikely Stories

“Geraldine Green has to invent her own language to express her wonder and pity for the wasted world and its oiled words” – Giles Darvill, Reviewer, SOUTH Magazine

 “And with both exuberance and sadness, on an uncharted adventure and uncertain in a backwater, and with a language that’s new-found, new-made for what is needed.” – David Hart, Freelance Writer/Poet

“Geraldine writes like no-one else, with a visionary imagination that seems in a direct line from Blake and the English Romantics.” – Charles Johnson, Poet, Editor, Obsessed with Pipework

“Her infectious enthusiasm informs a created world which integrates the vocabulary of her locality with the universality of transcendent vision” – George Wallace NY Poet

“The Beloit Poetry, one of America’s most venerable, famously reads submissions aloud. If they read Geraldine Green’s poems aloud they will think inevitably of e e cummings’ regard for punctuation as impediment. Her very first poem, “Me and Janine,” is full of information and yet it tells its story—sings it—without punctuation simply because Green’s mind possesses unerring musicality. She thinks musically whereas some poets translate their thoughts into music. The difference shows up again and again in this remarkable, stylistically diverse manuscript, The Other Side of the Bridge.” – Djelloul Marbrook blogs at www.djelloulmarbrook.com  

 “These are poems of vivid and compelling energy. Nature is a living presence throughout these poems, which are spontaneous, alert, and rich in transformations. Landscape is this poet’s muse, be it her native Cumbria or Long Island or the Mid West.  Memory is also a rich seam for this poet.” – Review of The Other Side of the Bridge Penelope Shuttle

“Geraldine Green’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE delights with poems that travel from the Lake District to Greece to a Sac and Fox powwow in Oklahoma.  Green’s voice is fresh and full of verve.  Her sharp sense of place is presented in a fusion of past and present.  Her unique music and ability to capture personality through her characters’ chatter enlivens her work.  She sees the world as lush and does not skimp in invoking its magic, mystery and myths.  Readers can never be sure where her words will carry them, even from the beginning of a phrase to the end of it.  The surprises may startle, but each leap of imagination and language quickly seems perfectly apt.  This is a volume to be read and re-read.” – Carol Hamilton, former Poet Laureate, Oklahoma

“These are poems brimming with deep generosity. Although a faithful chronicler of Northern life, she holds out her arms to people across the world. She is a listener, a storyteller, working carefully with language to find the colours of reality. She is concerned with humanity, showing tenderness and curiosity in intimate writing revelling in the joys of love, or in poems where she stands as a witness to other times, other places, unafraid of the dark. Giving voice to those who often go unheard, she widens our knowledge and engages our imagination.” – Rose Flint

Reviews on Salt Road:

Steven Matthews, Books Cumbria

Sue Sims, Poetry Space





Wednesday, 25 January 2017

2017: October Writers' Retreat 2nd-5th October 2017, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria


View from Monk Coniston, photo by Geraldine Green (copyright)

October Writers' Retreat with Co-tutors Graham Mort and Geraldine Green, Brantwood Coniston, Cumbria, Monday-Thursday October 2nd-5th 2017

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, former home of John Ruskin is the perfect place whether you have a writing project you’re working on or just need time and space away from the busyness of life to step back and gain some inspiration and quietly reflect.  

The tranquil grounds and gardens of Brantwood, stunning views across Coniston Water to the Old Man and Dow Crag, log fires, wonderful food all provide the ideal writers retreat. There will be time for solitude and also the company and conversation of other writers. 

Co-tutor Graham Mort will give a reading with Geraldine on Tuesday evening. You’re all welcome to share a poem or two, as well on Wednesday evening when the Group give a reading to the tutors.

Mentoring - The Retreat also gives you an opportunity for one-to-one mentoring plus informal discussions with the tutors. 

Course fee: £270 
This includes evening meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.



Residential and non-residential options are available. The Lodge at Brantwood accommodates nine people in four double or twin-bedded rooms and one single. There are also local farmhouse Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and the YHA in 
and around Coniston village.

Residential option:
The Lodge at Brantwood has been newly refurbished to provide accommodation for those attending our courses. It sleeps up to 9 people in 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms and a single room, located on the ground and upper floors, with a shared kitchen/diner and living room, 1 bathroom, 2 shower rooms and a separate toilet. The Lodge enjoys wonderful views across Coniston Water to the fells. A self-service breakfast is provided in the Lodge as part of the rate.


Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in the Lodge at Brantwood:
BandB accommodation is available for those participating in Brantwood's courses. Staying at Brantwood is one of the delights of studying here, spending time in good company and immersing yourself in the whole experience. Brantwood Lodge has been newly refurbished and will sleep up to 9 people, with 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms and a single room. 

The Lodge enjoys wonderful views across Coniston Water. There is a communal kitchen/diner/living room with a wood burning stove. 

The BandB rate is £50 per person per room/£35 per person shared occupancy/£35 per night single room. Breakfast is provided in the kitchen for guests to help themselves to cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt. Accommodation can also be booked for partners in double/twin rooms at the same BandB rate. The Coachman's Quarters, situated above the cafe, is also available if required.

Booking through Brantwood
Pre-booking is essential. Tel: 015394 41396 

Information on the tutors can be found here:

Graham Mort


Some sessions take place outdoors - please bring suitable footwear and clothing



Writers' Retreat: The Lodge, Brantwood, October Course 2015

October Writers' Retreat with Graham Mort and Geraldine Green, 2nd-5th October 2017 Brantwood Coniston Cumbria

Course Outline:

Monday 2nd October 2017

1pm - Gather at The Lodge for refreshments, Geraldine, Graham and Rachel will be there to meet you and show you your rooms.

1.45pm - Meet in The Schoolroom in the Main House where writing workshops will take place. 

This is accessed by steps close the front door of the main house, through the Studio and into the Schoolroom. Please ask at Reception, staff will be available to give you directions.

2pm - The Schoolroom: Welcome and Introduction with Graham and Geraldine. Ask names and also which genres they write in.

2.15pm - 3pm – In the Schoolroom: Graham to lead with writing stimuli

3pm-3.15pm - Break

3.15pm-4pm In the Schoolroom: Geraldine to continue with further writing stimuli 

4pm-5pm – in the Schoolroom: quiet writing time, followed by readback/feedback on ONE piece of writing produced during this session.

5pm-6pm - Free time. 

6.15pm Meet in The Lodge, evening meal in Brantwood Cafe

Tuesday 3rd October

9.30am – 10.45am - writing stimuli in The Schoolroom provided by Geraldine

10.45am-11am - Break

11am -12.15pm - writing stimuli in The Schoolroom provided by Graham

12.15pm-1pm – Readback and feedback of ONE piece of work written during the morning

1-2pm – Lunch in Brantwood Café 

2pm-3.30pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, followed by Outdoor Reflective Walk, writing stimuli given by Graham and Geraldine

3.30pm- 4.15pm  Quiet writing time

4.15pm-5pm – feedback/readback of one piece of writing

5pm-6pm – Free time

6.15pm – Meet in The Lodge, evening meal in Brantwood cafe followed by reading given by Graham and Geraldine

Wednesday 4th October
9.30am-11am – Meet in The Schoolroom, writing stimuli provided by Graham

11am-11.15am - Break

11.15am-12.30pm – writing stimuli provided by  Geraldine

12.30pm-1.30 pm - Lunch

1.30pm-5pm - Free writing and reflective time. Participants are welcome to explore the house and gardens (Free to participants). One to one tutorials will be available between 2pm and 4pm.

2pm-4pm – Parallel one to one tutorials with Geraldine and Graham in The Schoolroom, 15 minutes slots. Please put your name down on the sheet provided. This will be left for you in the Schoolroom kitchen. Further one to ones available during Thursday morning session.

4pm-5pm – Quiet writing time

5pm-6pm – Free time

6.15pm – Meet in the Schoolroom, followed by evening meal in Brantwood cafe followed by Group reading (up to 5 minutes each)

 Thursday 5th October
10am-11.30am - One to one tutorials with Graham and Geraldine, 15 minute slots: Graham 10am-10.45am; Geraldine 11am-11.45am
Additionally, there will be time for close readings of writing produced during the course.

Break 10.45am-11am

11.45am-12.45pm - Group readback and feedback, complete Feedback Forms.

1pm-2pm Lunch in Brantwood Café and depart.

Note; Course participants are welcome to explore the House and Grounds during their free time. Brantwood Main House closes at 5pm. The grounds are open 24 hours.



View from Brantwood October Writers Retreat 2015, photo by Geraldine Green






Tuesday, 24 January 2017

2017: MIDSUMMER POETRY COURSE, BRANTWOOD THURSDAY 15th-SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017




MIDSUMMER POETRY at BRANTWOOD CONISTON
THURSDAY 15th-SATURDAY 17TH JUNE 2017 with PIPPA LITTLE 
and GERALDINE GREEN

Join us at Brantwood Coniston, former home of John Ruskin, for a weekend of poetry, good food, views and company. The course will run from 2pm Thursday 15th June to 2pm Saturday June 17th 2017. 

Using a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing will be produced. There will be an opportunity for group feedback at the end of each session and one-to-one tutorials with the tutors on Saturday morning. 


The gardens and grounds of Brantwood, with views across the Lake to Coniston Old Man Dow Crag and Coppermines Valley, are an ideal setting for a weekend writing course. Course participants are also welcome to look around the house free of charge during the weekend. 

Course fee: £240
This includes evening meals on Thursday and Friday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Residential and non-residential options are available. The Lodge at Brantwood accommodates nine people in four double or twin-bedded rooms and one single. There are also local farmhouse Bed and Breakfasts, Guest Houses and the YHA in and around Coniston village.


Accommodation:
Bed and Breakfast accommodation is available for those participating in Brantwood's courses. Staying at Brantwood is one of the delights of studying here, spending time in good company and immersing yourself in the whole experience. Brantwood Lodge has been newly refurbished and will sleep up to 9 people, with 2 twin rooms, 2 double rooms and a single room. 

The Lodge enjoys wonderful views across Coniston Water. There is a communal kitchen/diner/living room with a wood burning stove. You can bathe in Ruskin's bath! 

The BandB rate is £50 per person per room/£35 per person shared occupancy/£35 per night single room. Breakfast is provided in the kitchen for guests to help themselves to cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt. Accommodation can also be booked for partners in double/twin rooms at the same BandB rate. 

Breakfast is provided in the kitchen for guests to help themselves to cereal, toast, fruit, yogurt. Accommodation can also be booked for partners in double/twin rooms at the same BandB rate. 

The Coachman's Quarters, situated above the cafe, can also be booked, if required.

Further information and booking is available through Brantwood
Tel: 015394 41396 
early booking is advisable!

Information on the tutors can be found here:

Pippa Little

You can hear Geraldine read her 'Gondola' poem here A Day on the Gondola written as part of the project she was involved in, with the National Trust SY Gondola Poetry Project Summer 2016:




COURSE OUTLINE: June 15th-17th 2017

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE - 1pm at The Lodge: Welcome to Brantwood!

1pm – Geraldine, Pippa and Rachel to meet participants at The Lodge for refreshments. Anyone arriving before 1pm is welcome to look round Brantwood, its house and gardens. Maps of the grounds are available, please ask at Reception.

1.45pm – Meet in The Schoolroom, Brantwood, situated next to The Studio (signposted) for Welcome and Introduction to the Course. Pippa and Geraldine to explain the timetable for the weekend.

Fire exits shown by green arrows. Toilets can be found next to the Schoolroom and also by the Linton Room, situated between the Lodge and Main House.

2-3.15pm – Introduction and Welcome followed by writing prompts

3.15 – 3.30pm: Break for coffee/tea

3.30-5pm – Writing prompts continued

5-6.30pm – Free time to enjoy the grounds and/or rest

6.30pm - Gather at The Lodge 

7pm – Dinner in Brantwood Cafe situated close to the Lodge

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE – Meet in The Schoolroom

9.30-11am – writing exercises using a variety of stimuli to produce new writing

11-11.15am – Break

11.15am – 12.30pm – writing exercises continued

12.30-1.30pm – LUNCH at Brantwood Cafe. 

1.30-3.15pm - Outdoor writing session/reflective walk.

3.15-3.30pm – Break, tea/coffee in The Schoolroom

3.30-4.30pm - Time to write up a poem produced from the writing exercises 

4.30-6pm – Free time

6pm - meet back at The Lodge

6.30pm - Evening meal in Brantwood Cafe

8-9pm – Evening Reading by Pippa, Geraldine and the Group in Brantwood Cafe 

SATURDAY 17TH JUNE - Meet in The Schoolroom

10-11.30am – Writing exercises, plus one to one tutorials 

11.30-11.45am – Break

11.45-1pm - Writing exercises plus one to one tutorials 

1pm-2pm  – light lunch at Brantwood Cafe and Depart

Please note: the Group is welcome to look round the House and Grounds over the weekend. Thank you and welcome!



photos by Geraldine Green (copyright)


Saturday, 21 January 2017

Write on the Shore, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, South Walney Nature Reserve




WRITE ON THE SHORE – at Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s South Walney Nature Reserve, Sunday June 25th 2017 10am-3pm

With stunning views across Morecambe bay, this shingle island reserve is full of interest and a fantastic place for bird watching. South Walney Nature Reserve is home to the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

Come and be inspired by these summer highlights: nesting gulls, eiders, oystercatchers and ringed plovers. Burnet moths and grayling butterflies are on the wing and viper's bugloss, yellow horned poppy and sea lavender are in flower.

This creative writing workshop led by local writer Geraldine Green will use time outdoors, gentle writing prompts and exercises to help you craft poetry and prose inspired by the nature reserve. Handouts will be provided.

Booking is through Cumbria Wildlife Trust



Geraldine is an experienced creative writing tutor, published poet and poetry editor. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors and nature writing is reflected in the many workshops she tutors and in her work. You can find out more about her here:

Part of the day will be spent outdoors so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots. Please bring lunch, snacks and drinks to take with you round the nature reserve. Don’t forget a notebook and pen, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure!

This workshop is suitable for anyone with a love of nature and writing.

Cost: £20 per person


photos by Geraldine Green (copyright)