OUTSIDE IN - THE POETRY OF NATURE AND THE NATURE OF POETRY WITH SIMON ARMITAGE
STARTS 01/09/2021 | 4 PLACES LEFT

THE BASICS

  • Six nights accommodation in a private room with mountain views
  • Five full days of teaching, workshops, discussions, activities and use of our excellent arts facilities
  • All inclusive - breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks included
  • All dietary requirements catered for - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies - no problem
  • Return transport from Toulouse included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live, work and study for five full days with the UK Poet Laureate
  • Explore the epic landscape, and use "word-finding" walks and excursion as the basis for new work
  • Close reading of contemporary "nature poets" as a way of establishing literary reference points
  • Audio release and publication opportunities via our in-house imprints; performance and reading opportunities at Fuse Art Space and broadcast opportunities on CAMP Radio
  • Unlimited use of our recording facilities, arts library, digital editing suites and other facilities
  • Optional mountain expeditions including ascent of Mont Ceint and the spectacular Cascade d'Ars

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This session costs $1,429 (or 6 monthly payments of $238.16).
To reserve, click below - no payment is required at this stage. You'll receive a booking confirmation email with secure payment links, and you'll have three days to confirm your booking by making a payment (either in full, or by starting a 4-month payment plan).
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What is it to write poetry on the subject of nature without being sentimental, old-fashioned and nostalgic? How do we avoid the clichés of nature writing while at the same time honouring the wonder and mystery of the natural world? How do we address the urgencies and insistencies of climate change without falling into dogmatic language and hollow tub-thumping phrases? Can poetry be politically engaged and subtle at the same time? Can we write authentically and engagingly about natural phenomena and natural history when most of us live busy urban lives?

This is a poetry writing and poetry reading course, focussed on issues connected to environmental and nature writing in the modern word. Through workshops, seminars and tutorials, the course will give students the opportunity to explore their attitudes towards nature through poetic expression, and to experiment with different written approaches. Sessions will include the close reading of contemporary “nature poets” as a way of establishing literary reference points and coordinates, but essentially this is about students developing and sharing their own work, using walks and “word-finding” excursions in the local countryside as a launch-pad for writing exercises and a basis for inspiration. The week will culminate in a reading or performance of students’ own poems on the final evening. Oh, and it will be fun.

This course is open to all but better suited to those with some experience of writing poetry, even at a beginner's level, and some experience of reading contemporary (i.e. post WW2) poetry. Enthusiasm is the main requirement. A good grasp of the English language is a necessity. Simon Armitage will be supplying a reading list of maybe half a dozen books which students should read beforehand but do not have to bring with them unless they want to. There is no need to submit your own poetry in advance or to bring it with you. Simon Armitage will be concentrating on enabling students to produce NEW written work, rather than offering a manuscript-reading service for pre-written work.

Simon Armitage is the current UK Poet Laureate (2019-2029). He is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds and was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford for 2015-2019. In Spring 2019, he held the post of Holmes Visiting Professor at Princeton University, USA. Previously, he taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and Manchester Metropolitan University before his 2011 appointment as Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Professor at the University of Falmouth.

Simon has received numerous awards for his poetry including the Sunday Times Young Author of the Year, one of the first Forward Prizes, an Eric Gregory Award, a major Lannan Award, a Cholmondeley Award, the Spoken Word Award (Gold), the Ivor Novello Award for song-writing, BBC Radio Best Speech Programme, Television Society Award for Documentary and Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry. He won the 2017 PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation and was awarded the 2018 Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. In 1999 Simon was named the Millennium Poet, and in 2004 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was awarded the CBE for services to poetry in 2010 and presented with the Hay Medal for Poetry at the 25th Hay Festival in 2012. As part of Britain’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad and while Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank, Simon conceived and curated Poetry Parnassus, a gathering of world poets and poetry from every Olympic nation. This landmark event is generally recognised to be the biggest coming together of international poets in history.



WHERE AND WHEN?

The course takes place at our residential centre in Aulus les Bains. It's two hours south of Toulouse, high in the French Pyrenees, very near the border with Spain. For detailed travel information, see the transport section. The course starts on Wednesday, 01/09/2021. We advise that you arrive the evening before (31/08/2021) - dinner and accommodation that night is included. The course runs for five days, ending on Sunday night. Accommodation on Sunday night is included, then we leave on Monday morning (06/09/2021). If you decide to take the minibus with us, you will be picked up in Toulouse at 6pm on 31/08/2021, and will be back in Toulouse at 11am on 06/09/2021.

HOW TO BOOK

To book your place on the course, click the button in the green section above. You won't pay anything right now - we'll send you a booking confirmation email with everything you need to know next. Your place is reserved without payment for three days.

You'll find a payment link in the booking confirmation email - follow the link to make a payment (either in full, or the first payment of a 6 month payment plan). In the latter case, a monthly payment plan will be put in place, so your card will be charged 1/6 of the fee today, and 1/6 each month (on the same day) for an additional 5 months. All card payments are handled by Stripe, and are extremely secure. We don't store any card data ourselves - all of this is handled securely off-site by Stripe. If you have a discount or grant code, you will be able to add it when you follow the payment link in your confirmation email.

Once you've made a payment, you'll receive another email containing your receipt, links to resources, contact information and access to our group chat to discuss the workshop with other participants.

IMPORTANT: BY SIGNING UP TO A COURSE (OR A PAYMENT SPLIT), YOU AGREE TO THE TERMS

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: SIX NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION, AND FIVE DAYS OF CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES, A COMFORTABLE PRIVATE ROOM AT CAMP, ALL MEALS - BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AT CAMP, DINNER AT AN EXCELLENT LOCAL RESTAURANT, UNLIMITED USE OF OUR RECORDING STUDIOS, EDITING SUITES, REHEARSAL STUDIOS, LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES, POST-COURSE BENEFITS & SUPPORT (SEE BELOW)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE FEE: TRAVEL
STUDENT LEVEL: ALL WELCOME
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: NONE REQUIRED
POST-COURSE SUPPORT: PERFORMANCE/READING OPPORTUNITIES AT FUSE ART SPACE AND ACROSS OUR NETWORK OF PARTNER VENUES, BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMP RADIO, PUBLICATION AND AUDIO RELEASE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH OUR IN-HOUSE LABELS AND PUBLISHING IMPRINTS.