Wednesday, 16 November 2016

WRITE ON THE FARM, CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ON AN UPLAND FARM IN CUMBRIA





WRITE ON THE FARM: 2016 - all welcome!

September 17th
October 22nd
November 19th


Come and join us! and write with us on the farm. A wonderful upland farm set between the Lakes and the Dales 10.30AM-4.30PM £35 incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, waterproof footwear and clothing as part of the afternoon session takes place outside.

All welcome!

2017 Spring-Summer Dates:

25th Feb - poetry and music: morning session with Christine and her harp
18th March
22nd April
20th May
24th June

Next workshop: September 17th 2016! Come and join us, 10.30am-4.30pm £35 incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, warm, waterproof clothing and footwear as part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors.

2016
February 20th
March 19th
April 23rd
May 28th
June 18th







10.30am-4.30pm cost: £35 incl refreshments, please bring own lunch. As part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors, please bring/wear suitable footwear and clothing.


This ongoing series of monthly creative writing workshops explores where we live, how we dwell, 'deep maps', memory and myth, also how we work and live in a largely urban environment and how this encroaches, enriches and/or impacts on rural life. Through a variety of writing exercises, stimuli, feedback and reflective walks we will look at links between identity, language and environment. Whether through poetry, stories, travel writing, dreams or journals, these workshops encourage us to explore where and how we live, and how we take experience and memories with us when we travel to other places, real or imagined.

An experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, I’ve had five collections of poetry published; gained a PhD in Creative Writing titled: “An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry” from Lancaster University. Travels and readings have taken me mainly to Europe and North America, where I’ve read at a variety of venues on the East and West coasts and the Mid West.

·      Feedback given by group and tutor on individual’s writing (any genre).
     Please bring six copies of writing to be workshopped
·      Through a variety of writing prompts and stimuli new writing produced

     Morning:  Gather in the Farmhouse kitchen, 10.30am-12.30pm new writing produced from a variety
     of writing prompts and stimuli




·      Lunch
·      Afternoon reflective ramble and note taking, followed by quiet time for own writing sharing new work and group feedback
    Workshops take place in Cumbria at Jane’s farm, near Kirkby Lonsdale, 10.30am to 4.30pm:


Cost: £35. Please bring own lunch and waterproof footwear and clothing. Refreshments provided.  further info on Geraldine can be found here
If interested in attending the ‘Write on the Farm’ workshops please email me

2016
February 20th
March 19th
April 23rd
May 28th
June 18th

10.30am-4.30pm cost: £35 incl refreshments, please bring own lunch. As part of the afternoon session takes place outdoors, please bring/wear suitable footwear and clothing.


WRITE ON THE GONDOLA, CONISTON WATER, CUMBRIA JUNE 18TH 2016



WRITE ON THE GONDOLA, POETRY WORKSHOP ON THE NATIONAL TRUST’S STEAM YACHT GONDOLA, CONISTON WATER, CUMBRIA WITH GERALDINE GREEN

A wonderful experience, poetry on the National Trust's SY Gondola! First of the film clips here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCZeoYrSMK4&feature=youtu.be



June 18th - Write on the Gondola" £35 incudes trip on Steam Boat Gondola, Coniston and afternoon of writing/sharing at Brantwood Coniston - 10 places max. fully booked - reserve list of 6 people welcome! please message or email me, thanks.

To book a place and get directions: Please email me, or send me a message on facebook

You can find out more on my blog Salt Road, link here:


and more about me, here:






‘WRITE ON THE GONDOLA’  - NATIONAL TRUST GONDOLA TRIP FOR THE WRITE ON THE FARM GROUP OF WRITERS

June 18th 2016, 10am-4pm, with Geraldine Green

Brantwood, East of Lake, Coniston LA21 8AD. Directions and map to Brantwood below:



9.45am - 10am -  Meet and park at Brantwood car park at 10am at the latest, car share to Coniston Pier Lake Road Coniston LA21 8AN to board the Gondola.  Google map below for SY Gondola, Coniston Pier:


Coniston Pier, Lake 8A
11am-1pm – Board the Gondola from Coniston Pier, returning to the Gondola Launch Pier at Coniston Pier at 1pm

1pm – return drive to Brantwood for lunch followed by afternoon of quiet writing time. Note: you can if you like enjoy your lunch on the Gondola.

Please bring packed lunch and hot drink as these aren’t included in the £35 workshop fee.

1.15pm-2pm (approx.) – Lunch – either your own packed lunch, or at Brantwood Café

2pm-3pm – Quiet writing time in the Loft next to the Coachman’s Quarters above Brantwood Café.

3pm-3.15pm – Break (tea/coffee provided and included in workshop fee)

3.15-4pm readback/feedback; more writing prompts if time

Brantwood Café closes at 5pm. We might like to end the day with tea & scones on the terrace. This is optional and not included in the cost of the workshop.

Note: writing prompts and handouts provided by Geraldine for the Gondola Trip

Cost of workshop: £35 includes Gondola trip, workshop and tea/coffee in the Loft above the Coachman’s Quarters during the afternoon.

Lunch not included. Please bring own packed lunch, or you can buy lunch and/or afternoon tea at Brantwood café

The National Trust would like to use writing created on the day to promote the Gondola, crediting the work to the writers and with the writers’ permission

See you on the 18th!
Geraldine Green109.6.2016


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

POETRY WORKSHOP with Geraldine Green, Carlisle Cathedral, 3pm-5pm October 8th, 2016, Borderlines Book Festival Carlisle





Geraldine at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, Coniston, Cumbria

POETRY PLEASE! Evening reading, The Fratry Carlisle Cathedral



Poetry Please! 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Fratry Carlisle Cathedral, tickets £5

In the evening Geraldine, co-editor Nick Pemberton and Indigo Dreams poet Kerry Darbsihire are among those reading from the anthology WATERSHED, created to raise money for The Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Recovery Fund. So far almost £800 has been raised. Copies of WATERSHED will be on sale in The Fratry, tickets £5, money raised goes towards the Flood Recovery Fund.

You can download the festival programme from www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk.  The Poetry Please! event is on page 15 and my poetry workshop is on page 23.

Find out more about Geraldine here

Read reviews of Geraldine's poetry here:








Two more poetry events during the Borderlines Book Festival:







Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WRITE ON THE FARM! September-November 2016



WRITE ON THE FARM – September 17th 2016, with Geraldine Green

Here’s the workshop outline for the day:

10.15am - gather in Jane’s farmhouse kitchen for refreshments
10.30am - welcome and intro
10.45am – 11.45am (approx.) - 3 x writing prompts, a warm up and two others
11.45am - Short Break (if required)
12-12.30 (approx.) Song, Bones & Lemons – close reading of 2 x poems by Marsha de la O; group discussion followed by writing prompt/s
12.45pm-1.30pm  approx - LUNCH - please bring own lunch
1.30pm-2.30pm (approx.) outdoor session with writing prompts
2.30pm - short break followed by quiet writing time.
3.30pm-4.30pm - group feedback on your own poem/prose - no more than TWO sides of A4 please! Please bring six copies.
Plus readback/feedback of work written during the day.

£35, incl. refreshments. Please bring own lunch, waterproof footwear and clothing.

Next workshops: October 22nd
November 19th: 'Harp on the Farm', which I’m co-tutoring with poet, writer and harpist Christine Cochrane.

2017: February-June - dates to be confirmed - watch this space!

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you!


Geraldine Green 6.9.2016



photos by Geraldine Green

Monday, 18 July 2016

WRITE IN NATURE, CUMBRIA WILDLIFE TRUST, JULY 22ND 2016


July 22nd 2016 Eycott Hill Nature Reserve, gather at Mungrisdale Village Hall at 10am

Come and join local writer Geraldine Green on what promises to be another inspiring day at Eycott Hill,
Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Nature Reserve, Berrier, North Cumbria.



Event details

July 22nd  2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm


Eycott Hill Nature Reserve is an inspirational place with fabulous views, unique geology, and interesting wildlife to spark the imagination. This creative writing workshop led by local writer Geraldine Green will use time outdoors and gentle writing prompts and exercises to help you craft poetry and prose inspired by the nature reserve.
Geraldine is an experienced creative writing tutor, published poet, mentor and poetry editor. Her enthusiasm for the outdoors and nature writing is reflected in the many workshops she tutors and in her work. She is Writer-in-Residence at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin and blogs at: http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk

Part of the day will be spent outdoors so please bring waterproof clothing and sturdy walking boots. Tea and coffee will be provided at the indoor venue but please bring lunch and drinks to take with you to the nature reserve. Don’t forget a notebook and pen.
Booking is required, please email: mail@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01539 816300 to reserve your place.
This is a free event although a donation of £10.00 to Cumbria Wildlife Trust would be appreciated.

The workshop is free! Places are limited. Booking is through Cumbria Wildlife Trust - all are welcome! 10am-4pm

We meet at Mungrisdale Village Hall at 10am for welcome, introduction and refreshments. Most of the day will be spent on the Nature Reserve at Eycott Hill, followed by writing time in the Village Hall - plus more refreshments! Please bring your own lunch and wear waterproof footwear and clothing.









Sunday, 17 July 2016

Writer-in-Residence, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, September 2015-Summer 2016


** Update: November 3rd 2016, Brantwood Cafe, Brantwood Coniston Cumbria - Join Kerry Darbishire, Kim Moore and me for an evening of poetry, supper, open mic - what's not to like!? Help me celebrate my wonderful year as writer-in-residence at Brantwood! **

Booking through Brantwood:

Tel: 015394 41396

Delighted to share the news!
Poet Geraldine Green begins her residency in September 2015

Geraldine Green is the first Writer in Residence to be appointed by Brantwood and celebrates the inspiration given by the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin and his historic home.  The residency is for twelve months, beginning in September 2015 and builds on the interest generated by Geraldine’s popular creative writing courses which she has tutored at Brantwood for the past four years.



Geraldine explains “It’s an exciting new venture for me, one I am looking forward to immensely. It’s a great honour to be exploring, reflecting and writing in response to this role. John Ruskin’s vision and understanding of the importance of nature and creativity to the human spirit is as relevant today – perhaps more so – than when Ruskin first uttered the words: “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”

Local writer Geraldine Green has two poetry collections and four chapbooks published. Her work has been widely anthologised in the UK and America. Her latest collection Salt Road, published by Indigo Dreams, explores, through poetry and prose, her home ground, the Furness Peninsula. The collection also celebrates her travels to North America, Spain, Greece and Turkey.

Her latest chapbook A Wing & A Prayer was written in response to her post as writer-in-residence at Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston, birthplace of Quakerism and was published in 2015 by Swarthmoor Hall Press.

In 2011 Geraldine gained a PhD from Lancaster University in creative writing titled: ‘An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry’. She is an experienced creative writing tutor and mentor as well as associate editor of online magazine Poetry Bay www.poetrybay.com

During her residency Geraldine will be running the following courses at Brantwood :
  • “Writer’s Retreat” with co-tutor Pippa Little from 19th to 22nd October 2015
  • Creative writing course with American poet George Wallace on 24th– 26th June 2016

Brantwood’s Director, Howard Hull:  “Ruskin was the most gifted and poetic of writers. He not only made his living from words, he made words live. It is long overdue that Brantwood should have a writer in residence and I am absolutely delighted to that Geraldine is to be our first.”

read more in the  Westmorland Gazette    

Thursday, 7 July 2016

"Work that shines with joy", a few words about Salt Road by Penelope Shuttle





Salt Road

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.  Her poems are also peopled with those she has met on her travels.  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

03/12/2014

You can buy Salt Road from  Indigo Dreams Publishing

“What a magical book.  Geraldine’s poetry and prose explores and captures the feel, texture, smell of natural beauty where ever it is to be found.  It’s especially evocative of her own home ground on the South coast of Cumbria overlooking Morecambe Bay, but it ranges across the world following her own journeys.  It pulses with energy, and a boundless enthusiasm, that makes you hunger for more.”

- Sir Chris Bonington