Thursday, 19 October 2017


across Coniston water from Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Very much looking forward to co-tutoring with Pippa Little on the 2018 Midsummer Poetry Course, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria, UK


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 Friday June 22nd to 2pm Sunday 24th June 2018

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.

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Course fee: tbc (please contact Brantwood)
This includes evening meals on Friday and Saturday and lunches on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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 tbc per person per room tbc per person shared occupancy tbc 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:

Geraldine Green
Pippa Little

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

COURSE OUTLINE: June 22-24 2018

Friday 22nd 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

Saturday 23rd 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

Sunday 24th 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!

 Brantwood October 2017 photo by Geraldine Green copyright

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Passing Through, Indigo Dreams 2018

Enjoying a beach comb,  Tintagel beach Cornwall

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

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

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)

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

Geraldine Green 15.10.2017

near Lake Bank Coniston 15 102017 photo by Geoff Green copyright