Wednesday, 13 December 2017

STIMULATE YOUR WRITING! Creative Writing Course with Geraldine Green, Dallam Community Heversham


Spring/Summer 2018
Creative Writing Course
Tutor: Geraldine Green

Planning ahead for next year's creative writing course at Dallam Community:

Starting Thursday 26th April 2018
Half term 28th May- 1st June 2018
Finishing Thursday 5th July 2018

Thursdays 10am-12 noon, Dallam Community Heversham:

If any of you would like to join me on another creative writing course at Dallam (and I hope you do!), please book through Kerry or Jenny in the Dallam School Office, Heversham:

Tel: 015395 65956 

Stimulate your Writing! Creative Writing Course:

This course is both suitable for those who have participated in the previous course in Autumn 2017 and for students who are new to the course.

This course is suitable for writers of all stages, especially those who may have writers’ block and need a gentle nudge to get their creative writing juices flowing freely again. Through a series of writing exercises and a variety of stimuli this course is designed to help you put pen to paper and chase the critic off your shoulder that tells you, you can’t write that! This course says yes, you can

As well as encouraging you to write, whether poetry or prose, this course will also provide group and tutor feedback in a safe and encouraging environment. We will also close read work, poetry and prose, by published writers.

photo of Geraldine reading at Grasmere, copyright Geoff Green

Dr. Geraldine Green is an experienced freelance creative writing tutor, mentor and associate editor of Poetry Bay  She has taught and mentored creative writing at undergraduate level at both the University of Cumbria and also Lancaster University, as well as tutoring adult ed. at Dallam Community and continuing education (online and face to face) for Lancaster University.

She was first Writer-in-Residence at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria and also first Writer-in-Residence at Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria. 

She has worked collaboratively on projects alongside musicians, photographers, visual and digital artists and tutored on a variety of creative writing workshops including Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Cont. Education Lancaster University, Adult Education Dallam Community Centre, Cumbria NHS Partnership Trust, Society of Medical Writers, National Trust, Brantwood, Lancaster University, Suffolk Poetry Society and the University of Cumbria. 

Geraldine runs monthly creative writing workshops on a farm near Kirkby Lonsdale, tutors at Dallam adult ed. and is a regular tutor at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, Coniston Cumbria. Co-tutors include: Prof. Graham Mort, Penelope Shuttle, Pippa Little and NY poet George Wallace.

In 2011she gained a PhD in creative writing titled "An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry"  from Lancaster University. Her PhD supervisor was the acclaimed poet and novelist Prof. Graham Mort.

Her collections are: The Skin and Passio {Flarestack}, Poems of a Mole Catcher’s Daughter (Palores). A Wing and a Prayer Swarthmoor Hall Press, The Other Side of the Bridge (Indigo Dreams). Her latest collection Salt Road was published in 2013 (Indigo Dreams). Her new collection, Passing Through, will be published in 2018 also by Indigo Dreams.

Her poetry has been widely anthologised in the UK, US and Italy and translated into German and Romanian. Talks include: ‘On Meeting Lawrence Durrell’, Centenary Celebrations, Corfu, and ‘Ecopoetics: The Works of John Clare and Aldo Leopold’ at The South West Texas Conference, Albuquerque New Mexico. She’s also contributed to Writing Works - A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities (Jessica Kingsley).

Geraldine, who frequently performs her poetry in North America, has read at WoodyFest celebrating the music and poetry of Woody Guthrie on a number of occasions, including an extended poetry trip to Oklahoma and Kansas in July 2013; alongside Jack and Adele Foley and Michael McClure, Oakland, California 2009; with George Wallace, Penelope Shuttle, Caroline Carver and Victoria Field on a poetry trip to New York, Long Island and New Hampshire in 2007, with poets George Wallace, Linda Graham and Rhonda Ward in New York City, Long Island and Connecticut 2005.

She  also reads widely in the UK, venues include: International Women’s Arts Festival Kendal, with Carol Hamilton, Janine Pommy Vega and Rhonda Ward; Everyman Theatre Liverpool; Solfest Cumbria; Wordsworth Trust Grasmere, Cwmdonkin Drive Dylan Thomas’s House, Swansea, Apples and Snakes Cornwall and Kendal, Ted Hughes’ Festival Calderdale Reader Development Hebden Bridge, CatStrand Theatre New Galloway; Kurt Schwitters Celebration Ambleside, alongside Jerome Rothenberg; Dalton LitFest, various venues in Manchester and in Cumbria.

You can read reviews of Salt Road here: 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Passing Through, Indigo Dreams 2018

"I .... am always glad
to touch the living rock again" (John Muir)

Enjoying a beach comb,  Merlin's Cave, Tintagel beach Cornwall 
photo by Geoff Green 2007

Stone Renga

What do I know of stones?
Flat, mud-grey ones

on Foulney Island. Layer upon layer
heaped up for feet to scramble and slide on.

What do I know of stones?
Those at Aldingham, dark grey

round as a bird’s egg
shot through with milky quartz

in circles and crosses that lie
warm and smooth in my palm.

What do I know of stones?
Limestone dragons on Birkrigg

dinosaur-shapes glint white
fissures on ancient pavements.

What do I know of stones, their secret
of fossils: ammonites, ferns, feathers

spiralled, whorled worlds imprinted within them
ready  to take flight

when their old stone-bodies
crack open.

Delighted to have this poem in Stone Renga  an anthology written, produced and birthed by a love of stones, ed. Alan Berecka and Tom Murphy, Tale Feathers Press, Santa Fe, New Mexico

  south Walney nature reserve (photo by Geraldine Green copyright)

"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

Burns Beck Moss 16.9.2017 (photo by Geraldine Green copyright)

I recall our walk in Burns Beck Moss,
the softness of ground, the softness of feet, the hush of bodies, the quiet chat and the moss cushioning us, our feet, our chat, our bodies, our thoughts, the frogs’ stretched balletic legs, their crouched sanctuary among the sphagnum, speeding away from boots and trainers, our feet on cushioned silence, crushing their territory.

Geraldine Green, Passing Through, pub, Indigo Dreams 2018

South Walney Nature Reserve, photo by Geraldine Green copyright

At home on the Bay

Its light, its silver, its mud-tanged-tangle-tongued
salt-licked presence and the birds, dunlins, perhaps,
or knot?

too far out for us to catch what they were
without binocs. How they swoop and mimic
the murmurations of starlings, but

are not, these wide-winged verses of song
these wing-spread low-tide flit-flight light-tilted
blown along froth

of feather-mimicked pebbles and foam
interpretations of mud and sky
these birds that rise and fall with the incoming tide

this late afternoon beneath the crescent moon
that rises above shavings of licked-clean shells
and bones.

Geraldine Green (copyright Passing Through pub. Indigo Dreams 2018)

Geraldine at Aldingham, photo by Geoff Green copyright


"I take my gladness in the… sound of the curlew instead of the laughter of men”

- ‘The Seafarer’ Anon. Anglo-Saxon poet

In the absence of curlew I must attempt
to call it down, to call it back to fell and shore
call it back to sing the moor alive once more.

In the absence of curlew clouds must learn
to bring back spring, to lay cloud eggs on upland soil
to curve cloud bodies into curlew-grace

into speckled feathers that mimic mica-sand and
mottled stones, the guarding of eggs, slow beating
of wing, curved-down bill that probes the earth

for worms, the shore for crabs, its long wail
the cry of the dead waiting to be re-born.
I must again recall the great whaup’s warning

the dead’s return from dreaming. Listen
to what the night is saying through the piercing
cry of cur leee, of cur-lee.

pub. in Curlew Calling anthology, ed. Karen Lloyd
Geraldine Green (copyright Passing Through IDP 2018)

Thank you Dawn Bauling, co-editor of  Indigo Dreams Pubs. for your kind words:

Passing Through, by Geraldine Green

It is indeed a love letter to Cumbria - like walking through its parts with a lyrical David Attenborough - nothing gets missed, all the history, all the beauty, all the unpredictable wonder of it - from the way the waves lap on Coniston to the history in the old stones on Foulney Island, its minutiae and its grandeur. You want to wander with Geraldine and see with her eyes, her real eyes and her mind's eye. Forget the tourist information guides - if you want to know what the lakes and fells are all about read this. 

Looking forward to reading from Passing Through, to be published in 2018 by Indigo Dreams  at a venue near you! 

Here's and extract from my introduction to Salt Road on the Poems & Poetics website by Jerome Rothenberg 

me, reading in nature, Eycott Hill, 22.7.2017, on the 'Write in Nature' outdoor creative writing workshop I led for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, photo by Jane Moss-Luffram (copyright)

"I .... am always glad
to touch the living rock again
and dip my hand in the high mountain sky"
(Wolf, Unpublished Journals, 221)"

taken from website: