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About roselle angwin

UK poet, author and painter Roselle Angwin leads the Fire in the Head creative and reflective writing programme on land and in cyberspace, and The Wild Ways eco-soul retreats and courses (mostly outdoors). Her blog is Qualia & Other Wildlife (roselle-angwin.blogspot.co.uk) An Arts Council England award winner twice for her own writing (as well as twice as the founder of a small Dartmoor literary festival) she's the author of 10 books: poetry, novels and non-fiction. Roselle's passionate about the meeting points between inner and outer geographies: relationship, connection, creativity, wild places, and how these things shape our stories. She has been described as 'a poet of the bright moment... whose own sources of creative inspiration are her native Westcountry, the Scottish islands, and a highly individual blend of Celtic myth and metaphysics, archetypal psychology, shamanic and Buddhist thinking'. Her courses, retreats and mentoring take place in cyber-space, on Dartmoor, the Devon and Cornwall coasts, the Isle of Iona and France. A lifelong countrydweller, she has a particular affinity with animals, birds and healing plants; the land and other species are collaborators in her Wild Ways courses. As a poet, she frequently co-creates with artists, musicians, dancers and sculptors, often on the land. Her poetry has been displayed on buses and cathedral websites, has appeared in numerous anthologies, been etched into glass, hung from trees, towed behind bicycles, printed on T-shirts, carved into stone, metal and wood, painted, sung, composed to, choreographed, danced, performed and eaten by sheep. As a writing tutor, Roselle has worked for the Arvon Foundation, the Open College of the Arts, The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, and Oxford University; and outdoors for the National Trust, Dartmoor National Park, Natural England, Hestercombe Gardens and the Cotswold Water Park (these two as part of environmental arts group genius loci) as well as at numerous academic institutions and arts organisations here and abroad. She was for several years a columnist for MsLexia and has continued to be a frequent contributor to this and other magazines and journals.

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Please refresh these pages when you visit, as I’m constantly updating and adding to them. If you would like to be informed of new events, you can use the Contact form to send your email address.

A message to those many of you who buy or have bought my books, come to my courses & retreats, or work online with me: just to thank you for your loyalty, kind words & presence over all these years. You are lovely people, & I’m constantly aware of the community of the ‘shaping spirit of imagination’ that we co-create.

NEW YEARLONG COURSE for 2019: at this time of environmental destruction and climate change there’s been a resurgence of interest in trees. I have combined my knowledge of trees, tree lore, and the many gifts trees offer in a new THE WILD WAYS distance learning practice-based course, to involve writing, of course. TONGUES IN TREES begins with the full moon of the winter solstice 2018. Just one or two places still available to work with me; or you can sign up for a self-study option.

‘Like the philosopher Simone Weil, another great teacher, Angwin is dedicated to encouraging the arts of reading, looking, listening, and of reflection, of really paying attention – arts which can be developed – as input to the writing. And, like her book [Writing the Bright Moment], she is truly an inspiration.‘ Katherine Gallagher

I’m a A-Trick-of-the-Light-Cover[1]-webwriter: of poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books, essays and environmental/eco-writing (with an emphasis on place, story, myth and our relationship with other species). My new poetry collection A Trick of the Light: poems from Iona is out now, January 2018, from Pindrop Press; available to order or ask in your local bookshop.

I’m also a course facilitator. For nearly 28 years I’ve been leading this international holistic course programme, and I’ve been privileged to work with, now, thousands of fine people from across the world in this work that I find so continuously creative and inspiring. I believe my approach is unique, and the workshops are about so much more than ‘just’ writing. (You can see what participants have said here – almost all of this feedback is unsolicited. ‘Transformative’ is a common adjective.) The Guardian gave my first novel-writing course a full-page write-up in 1998.

As a writing tutor, although I’m primarily known for inspiring creative and imaginal expression, I no longer choose to differentiate between creative, reflective and therapeutic writing, except in specific courses (eg novelists’ intensives). I believe that creative writing and personal process can enhance each other. (As an environmentalist, I also feel that writing can help us connect deeply with the other-than-human world, as well as with our own species.)

However, I also have a keen editorial eye, and bring this to my work with course participants. I want your work to be the best it can be, and part of my overall approach teaches you to better appraise your own work.

I’m proud to say that many of my students have been published after working with me.

Since 1991, in addition to my own programme, I’ve been leading creative, therapeutic and reflective writing, poetry, novel and story, personal mythology, ecopsychology and psychospiritual as well as environmental writing courses and retreats and mindfulness walks for many other organisations here and abroad, from Oxford and Bern universities to Arvon, Sherborne Boys’ School, the Open College of the Arts, the Poetry School, the Poetry Society and other groups of all ages. I’m an occasional tutor and mentor for MsLexia magazine (and a frequent contributor).

I’ve offered outdoor workshops and/or been poet-in-residence for the National Trust (most recently in autumn, 2017; you can hear a brief podcast about this here), Dartmoor National Park, Natural England, Hestercombe Gardens, Transition Town Totnes and the Cotswold Water Park, as well as for many schools here and abroad. There’s an abbreviated list here.

I’m very happy to tailor-make a course for you if you can host one: one-day, weekend, week-long or regular meetings are all possible. If you have an idea, do contact me.

My courses
In these pages, alongside details of my books, you’ll find a variety of courses, retreats and mentoring options in creative, reflective, therapeutic and eco-writing and/or what I call ecosoul writing for 2018/2019. These include my annual weeklong writing retreats:

  • the two spring ISLAND ones, on magical Iona in the Hebrides (‘Islands of the Heart’);
  • an early summer COASTAL one, ‘The Land’s Wild Magic’ in West Cornwall;
  • In 2019, there’s also a September ISLAND week, again on magical Iona in the Hebrides (‘Islands of the Heart’) (just a few places left)
  • In 2019, we’re back in the MOUNTAINS, with poetry (already booking).

Then there are sometimes a few one-day or weekend courses in different aspects of writing.

If you’d prefer distance learning, there are my popular and long-running online advanced ‘Elements of Poetry’, or ‘Storymaking’ (novel-writing rooted in myth and archetype) intensive courses. (Many of my students are now published.)

If you would like to begin your year with a solo reflective-practice retreat day, my popular THRESHOLDS workshop is now available as a download.

For an overview, click on the Calendar.

For a complementary programme of courses, usually or mainly outdoors, focused on ecowriting, ecosoul, myth, enchantment, the psychospiritual, and bardic arts, see my sister site THE WILD WAYS. There is inevitably much overlap between the two programmes: my courses all include writing, to greater or lesser extents, and all my work is rooted in my passion for and awareness of place, soul and the earth.

My poetry, novels & other books
You can scroll through the list of my books here.

And you can now listen to my long Dartmoor poem River Suite here (approx. 12 minutes. Switch off the lights, close your eyes, and let the moor take you.).

The more than ‘just writing’ aspects: see here.

YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY MY BLOG.

© The material on this website, the sister website THE WILD WAYS, my blog and the titles of my courses are my own work, developed over decades. None of the people who have worked with me or alongside me, or anyone else visiting these sites, is or has been authorised to use either the content or titles of such work.

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‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.’ ~ John Keats