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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 ( 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.


to Roselle Angwin’s writing website*

poetry, novels, creative non-fiction books
holistic creative writing courses & retreats

The spirit of 30 years of Fire in the Head
words, images, land & the creative process
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AUGUST 2021: after a particularly pressured time, I’m taking a sabbatical now until the end of this year. There are big changes happening in our lives here, and I haven’t paid any attention to my own writing, apart from the publication of my new book, all year. I will be leading the Islands of the Heart retreats in late September/early October but am taking on no new editing work, and not offering other courses until some time in the winter. Look out then for the two new online courses that I piloted earlier this year (scroll down this page), with a possible third coming. I’ve had excellent feedback on both of the first two.

MARCH 2021:
Roselle on YouTube
On this link, you should be able to watch and listen to an interview with me, in which creative writing lecturer Lania Knight asks me about my site-specific work, my relationship to place, and to the other-than-human. (It’s one of the few interviews and recordings which don’t make me cringe on listening back.)

NEW BOOK: A Spell in the Forest – tongues in trees
Published by Moon Books in June 2021 (you can read reviews on Amazon, and also here)

SPELL cover 72dpi

A Spell in the Forest – tongues in trees

This book is drawn partly from my popular yearlong Tongues in Trees course. If you missed the launch event for Spell on Thursday July 1st, you are warmly invited to watch it here. (NB only the first few minutes are shambolic! After that, we muted people’s mics.)


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

Writing the Bright Moment – Poetry, Nature & Mindfulness is an inspiring new online solo but supported writing retreat. We work in a spirit of creative attentiveness and depth. People seem to find it invaluable, and since its inception in August 2020 several have repeated it at a different time of year. Next dates still to be scheduled for winter 2021; plus ‘Part 2’.

Poetry, Imagination & the Ensouled Life is new this year. The first week, in May had very complimentary feedback. More weeks will be offered soon.

The next weeklong ‘land’ courses will be my Iona retreats September/October 2021, all being well. Spring dates for 2022 are now available too (the first two weeks are already nearly full).

Click here for FIRE IN THE HEAD: the what

You can 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 link will take you to SoundCloud, where I’ve a few pieces to listen to, with more coming.

For those many of you with whom I’ve worked for up to 3 decades: I’m constantly aware of the community of the ‘shaping spirit of imagination’ that we co-create. In this time especially I value the connections we have, even if those are mostly virtual. Stay well; keep being inspired. And thank you for continuing to support my work.

JUNE 2019: The Telegraph (Travel section) has listed my Iona courses among ‘the world’s [ten] best writing holidays’.

*Most of my work now concerns itself with deepening a holistic relationship with the rest of the natural world, a matter of urgency if we want to stop destroying our home. Generally, my ‘way in’, for myself & those who work with me, is the creative process of engagement, exploration, enquiry & expression through writing. All my work is soulwork, in effect. Our relationship with the other-than-human is made more explicit on my other site, The Wild Ways (‘ecosoul: the ecological imagination’).

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.

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


©All material copyright Roselle Angwin, 1991/21