After my weeklong retreats which lean towards poetry, I’m perhaps best-known for my poetry courses, often outdoors and with an eco- and natural-world emphasis. I also teach an Elements of Poetry online course and a number of newer shorter ones (see the top bar) and my own poetry is well-published. I’ve been poet-in-residence at many organisations here and abroad, indoors and out-, and taught poetry at every level in our education system too.
In 1991 I set up a writing group in Tavistock, Devon. Later, this split into two: both are still active. The more general creative writing group is now peer-led, and the poetry side morphed into Two Rivers* poets, with whom I work monthly at an advanced level. Some of the original members are still with me, and very occasionally I invite a new person to join us (the group is by invitation only).
This group of committed poets is very close to my heart – there’s something very intimate about working closely together on poetry, especially when there’s an understanding that poetry is also about the soul, and there’s a depth of trust and mutual respect. This of course is enhanced by decades of working together. Most of these poets are now well-published.
Several years ago we published our first anthology, Confluence (its beautiful cover is by one of the group members, Mary Gillett).
If you are within reach of South Devon, are a committed and experienced poet who reads a lot of contemporary poetry, and would like to work monthly with us, please be in touch if you’d like to be considered the next time a space arises.
I’m often available to work with other groups if requested – I’ve worked by request to facilitate poetry groups and courses in arts centres and the like throughout Britain and Europe.
From time-to-time I offer a ‘Poetry Lab’.
* Recent feedback: ‘Thank you for another wonderful and aweful Two Rivers day – full of wonder and awe. Your exercises shake us, pull us out quite uncomfortably at times. The three of us [travelling home together] agreed that it is what we need. I can also confirm that you were voted the best leader of a creative writing group in UK and Europe.’