photo of two participants taken by Geraldine Green February 28th 2015
"Write in the Forest" Creative Writing Workshops with Cumbrian writer Geraldine Green, in The Yan Centre, Grizedale Forest, near Ulverston Cumbria - all welcome! 11am-3pm £25 incl refreshments, please bring own lunch, or use the cafe. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing.
Dates: February 28th, June 6th, September 5th and November 7th.
Next Workshop: June 6th: Myth, Map-making and Transformations
You can read another blog on the February Forest Workshop titled "The Ordination of Trees" here
A few photos I took of a wonderful day spent with a group of writers in The Yan Centre and also in the Forest:
It'll be interesting to see the changes in the forest through the seasons, February, June, September and November.
And back in The Yan, writing from the outdoor session, some fine work was written
all photos by Geraldine Green, with permission given by attendees
There were seven of us on the first session, with three apologies, not bad for the first workshop! I gave the group writing prompts and a variety of stimuli. But first we shared a piece of writing that meant something to us. I shared Kathleen Jamie's poem 'The Wishing Tree'. Other poems/prose were Thomas Lux 'Poem in Thanks', John Kinsella 'The Hunt', Mary Oliver 'Sleeping in the Forest' a Kipling poem, John Muir extract, Francis Symons 'God is Green' (Ian Bradley)
The Wishing Tree -- Kathleen Jamie
I stand neither in the wilderness
but in the fold
of a green hill
the tilt from one parish
To look at me
through a smirr of rain
is to taste the iron
in your own blood
because I hoard
the common currency
of longing: each wish
each secret assignation.
My limbs lift, scabbed
with greenish coins
I draw into my slow wood
fleur-de-lys, the enthroned Brittania.
Behind me, the land
reaches toward the Atlantic.
And though I’m poisoned
choking on the small change
of human hope,
daily beaten into me
look: I am still alive—
in fact, in bud.
Copyright © 2007 by Kathleen Jamie. Reprinted from Waterlight: Selected Poems with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Write in the Forest - a series of four creative writing workshops with local writer Geraldine Green. Drawing on the natural world and forests in particular, these workshops will help inspire your writing and get you back in touch with nature. Workshops will take place in the inspirational Yan Centre and also outdoors - please wear suitable footwear and clothing. £25 per workshop:
Booking essential. Adults £25 for each of the four workshops. Refreshments available. Please bring own lunch or use cafe facilities.
Venue: The Yan, Grizedale Forest
For booking: please email: geraldinegreen[dot]poetry1[at]gmail[dot]com
Visit my website: http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk/
With thanks to Sally, Tess, Anthony, Staff at Grizedale Forest and The Forestry Commission. Thanks also to all who came along.