Sharpening your eye on the land

The environment is arguably the most important topic in the world today, and poets can and do address it in many ways. We explore the resources of this work and strategies for making it. The weekend combines structured workshops, tutor readings, plus time to write, in a friendly, supportive and thoughtful atmosphere. We will work on poetry that responds to the world around us.
Open to all levels of experience but designed for poets who have already written a body of work.

Fiona Sampson is a leading British poet and writer. Published in thirty-seven languages, she’s received international awards in the US, India, Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the English Association and Fellow of the Wordsworth Trust, she’s received an MBE from the Queen For Services to Literature and published twenty-seven books. National prizes include the Newdigate Prize, Cholmondeley Prize and Hawthornden Fellowship, A former violinist, she is also a broadcaster and newspaper critic, and was editor of Poetry Review 2005-12. Her critically acclaimed biography, In Search of Mary Shelley (2018) was shortlisted for the Biographers Club Slightly Foxed Prize. The poems in her new poetry collection Come Down have received two major European prizes, the 2019 Naim Frashëri Laureateship of Albania and Macedonia, and the 2020 European Lyric Atlas Prize, Bosnia. She is Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton and at work on a new biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

£250 – Course fee, food and accommodation. 
£170 – Course fee and food only. 

To help ensure the best quality experience courses are limited to twelve people. This maximises time and input from the course tutors. We have up to six residential spaces available on the course. 

You will stay in the farmhouse. The accommodation comprises of shared bedrooms (two people) and shared bathroom, kitchen and living room. The farmhouse provides comfortable accommodation for the duration of your stay. Towels are provided.

The Rodd
The course is set at The Rodd, an ancient 250-acre organic farm that straddles the England Wales border. With extensive gardens and woodland, the farm provides a unique environment for our courses. The structured sessions are run in Rodd Court the former home of Sidney and Mary Nolan. The library provides a special setting, complete with a selection of Nolan’s books. Depending on the nature of the course, participants will spend time exploring the extensive landscape.

Meals are provided during the course (excluding Friday evening arrival). A self-service breakfast is provided in the farmhouse and comprises of cereals, breads, jams, fruit juice, teas and coffee. A light lunch of soup and sandwiches is provided on both days. On Saturday evening a two-course meal is catered in Rodd Court where participants dine together with Trust staff and tutors. Please speak with us about any dietary requirements when booking. Tea and coffee are provided on a self-service basis over the course of the weekend.

Course structure
You are encouraged to arrive on Friday evening to settle into your accommodation, meet the other participants and be ready for the course which will start promptly at 9.30 am on Saturday morning. Both days combine structured workshops, tutor readings, plus time to write. Participants will also have time to enjoy the estate and, depending on the time of year, one of our modern or contemporary art exhibitions.

Specific access needs
Due to the age and nature of both Rodd Court and the farmhouse access is limited however if you have any specific access needs please contact us advance and we will do our very best to accommodate you.

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Terms & Conditions for course bookings : A 50% deposit is due at the time of booking unless the course commences in less than four weeks in which case the full amount is to be paid. The remaining balance must be paid four weeks prior to the course commencing.  

Refunds: A full refund will be paid if the booking is cancelled longer than six weeks ahead of the course commencing. If the booking is cancelled four-six weeks before the due arrival date the deposit will be retained and the balance repaid. If the booking is cancelled within four weeks before the arrival date the full tariff will be retained.

Sharpening your eye on the land

Sharpening your eye on the land

The Rodd