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The Garsdale Retreat - 2018 Programme of Courses, Tutored and Untutored Retreats Open for Booking
Mon 5 Mar 2018 to Sat 17 Nov 2018
Building on the successes of its first season, The Garsdale Retreat is expanding from an essentially poetic base and developing a wider range of courses in 2018.

Responding to suggestions in 2017, it now offers more for the fiction and non-fiction writer as well as introducing courses on playwriting, song writing, writing for children and memoir.

The Retreat has a strong line-up of tutors and readers for its 2018 season, including Lemn Sissay, Ian McMillan, Fleur Adcock, Willy Russell, John Hegley, Ian Duhig, April De Angelis, Jo Bell, Malika Booker, Gervase Phinn and Zoe Strachan.

It seems only yesterday that Willy Russell cut the ribbon and proclaimed The Garsdale Retreat officially open. It was in fact June 29th, 2017 and since then, much water has flowed under Clough Bridge with both courses and retreats enjoying great success.

Poet and course director, Hamish Wilson, has received outstanding feedback from both tutors and participants. ‘There is clear unanimity on what people particularly like with three aspects clearly at the top: our remote and beautiful location – a wonderful environment for writing; excellent and inspiring tuition and Rebecca’s cordon bleu cooking.’

The Garsdale Retreat’s website publishes last year's testimonials amongst which is poet Paul Deaton’s observation that the retreat is set to become a ‘sanctuary for writers in the north.’ In all events, it is certainly a sanctuary from the constraints and pressures of everyday life and a haven where, to use Willy Russell’s words, people can benefit from the ‘transformative and restorative power’ of art and creativity.

For details see The Garsdale Retreat website.


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