Writers, Retreat

Writers, Retreat

Seek creative solace in solitude and silence

Get away from it all and explore the rhyme and reason of the writer’s retreat. From the medieval anchorite bricked into her cell to the ornamental hermit installed in the eighteenth-century garden, right up to the poet-in-residence hired by the museum, this course examines the idea of the poet as a recluse. We will head off on a tour of poets’ writing huts, from Dylan Thomas’ ‘house on stilts’ above the Taf estuary to Pascale Petit’s garden shed in Cornwall. We will take a seat in hides and lookouts, watching the Atlantic with Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker from his driftwood hut in Morwenstow, and with artist Julie Brook from behind her makeshift wind-baffle in a cave on Jura. On the way, we’ll keep ourselves company with writing from Amy Key, Jen Hadfield, Wisława Szymborska, Rachael Boast, Julian of Norwich, Maria Fusco and Alice Oswald, reading across a wide range of writing practices to narrow down how and where we work best. Working together to devise strategies for building and maintaining our own temporary structures within our daily routines, we will be finding spaces to keep writing in, proving the retreat is more about the return.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. Live chats on Tuesdays, 7-9pm GMT, first live chat starting 14 May 2019.

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About Holly Corfield Carr View Profile

Holly Corfield Carr makes poems, books and performances for museums, galleries and sites across the UK, including an orchard, an eighteenth-century crystal grotto and a passenger ferry called Matilda. She has read her work on BBC Radio 4 and at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC Radio 3 and worked as poet-in-residence for the Wordsworth Trust, Spike Island and the National Trust. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Her most recent publications are Subsong and Indifferent Cresses, both published by the National Trust in 2018. www.hollycorfieldcarr.co.uk

‘The preparatory material was outstanding – a thorough, non-patronising grounding in some basics, and an eclectic and genuinely exciting array of sources / points of reference. I’m going to be rereading those worksheets. The assignments were challenging, closely focused on poetic technique, and well-structured – each building on the previous piece of work. A very tightly-knit, well-designed course.’

– Autumn 2018 survey response

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