Articles featuring The Arvon Foundation | LeisureCourses.net - short courses & residential study breaks in great locations - Part 5

  • Jennifer Richardson’s Arvon Week: Several Rooms of One’s Own

    Listed on August 29, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    I spent the first week of October 2010 at an Arvon retreat at Lumb Bank. I was there to work on fashioning a manuscript from the raw material of a blog, something I started to cheer myself up a year and a half earlier when I got sick and had to spend a few weeks

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  • The Opportunity

    Listed on August 19, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    The Opportunity Extract from The Founding of Arvon by John Moat 1968, the year the Revolution almost happened (Paris, Grosvenor Square, Hornsey) … I’d had a novel published, and a second collection of poems accepted; sufficient notoriety to be invited to a North Devon Schools’ Poetry Day. A building like an abandoned Fighter Command hangar. […]

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  • Mother Tongues: Leeds Co-operative Academy at Lumb Bank

    Listed on August 14, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Mother Tongues is an Arvon project funded by the Gulbenkian Foundation, which encourages young people to write in both English and their mother tongue. This film shows 16 Urdu-speaking young people from The Leeds Co-operative Academy who visited Lumb Bank for a residential creative writing course led by Anjum Malik and Ishy Din (read Ishy’s […]

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  • The Dovecote at The Hurst

    Listed on August 13, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    We'd love to turn this old dovecote at The Hurst into a writer's den - I am sure it could inspire some great writing

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  • In 2011 I was still driving a cab – Ishy Din’s Arvon Story

    Listed on August 9, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    In 2011 I was still driving a cab, although my first full length play, Snookered was yet to be performed, it was well into development and I had written a number of drafts and we were tinkering with the final scene.

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  • Helen Cadbury’s Arvon Week

    Listed on August 7, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    When I booked my week at the Arvon Centre at Moniack Mhor, I was desperate for it to be a good experience. I’d pored over the brochure every year, listened to other writers’ tales of their Arvon adventures, but never been able to get the time off or the childcare to fit with a course

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  • Stevie Ronnie: Why Arvon is like The Arctic

    Listed on August 2, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Seconds after take off Northumberland is white–out cloud. We reach our height then eat in miniature before tipping to descent and the pleasantries of coffee / tea – sugar / lemon / milk. It has been a while and the tube of a cabin is new again.

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  • A bottle of champagne in welcome – from The Hurst writer-in-residence

    Listed on July 31, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Deborah Alma is The Hurst writer-in-residence in 2013, during the renovation of the Manor House, former home of playwright John Osborne. She will speak to, or read the writing of, people connected to the past, present and future of the house and create ‘found’ poems  from their words.

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  • Update from The Hurst

    Listed on July 24, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    From Dan Pavitt, The Hurst Administrator and caretaker while the centre is closed for renovation  It’s somewhat ironic that for most of last year I watched from the office as writers scurried between the Manor House and the Clockhouse – the better prepared under an umbrella, the more absent minded using an A4 pad

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  • Maps tell Stories

    Listed on July 16, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Claire Dean who co-tutored the Short Story Course at Lumb Bank with Nicholas Royle in May 2013 explains her mapping workshop… Maps tell stories.

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  • Vita Nova perform at Totleigh Barton

    Listed on July 9, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Arvon staff have all been basking in the heat at Totleigh Barton for our annual summer meeting / celebration with our Board. On Saturday evening we were thrilled to hear readings by three writers from Vita Nova, a charity for those in recovery

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  • Ginny Vere Nicoll’s writing journey

    Listed on July 2, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Ginny Vere-Nicoll on her writing journey from Arvon to self-publishing I came to Arvon, to Totleigh Barton in Devon, on a cold winter’s night in November 2006, I think, or perhaps it was 2007.

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  • You make my life bleaker – from The Hurst writer-in-residence

    Listed on June 26, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Deborah Alma is The Hurst writer-in-residence in 2013, during the renovation of the Manor House, former home of playwright John Osborne. She will speak to, or read the writing of, people connected to the past, present and future of the house and create ‘found’ poems  from their words.

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  • Kat Brown’s Arvon Week

    Listed on June 25, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Kat Brown on a Starting to Write a Novel week at Totleigh Barton  I didn’t really like my 30th birthday for Reasons, none of which actually had to do with turning 30.

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  • Shola Adewusi’s Arvon week

    Listed on June 14, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Shola Adewusi was awarded an Arvon Grant to attend Starting to Write at Totleigh Barton earlier this year. Here she tells us what the week meant for her writing and personal development.

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  • Priory School’s Arvon Adventures

    Listed on June 13, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Watch the snowy antics of a school group who came to Lumb Bank earlier this year: The group from Priory School in Slough was tutored by Gillian Cross and Steve Voake, and also enjoyed a guest visit from Gareth Jones.

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  • Sarah Hehir’s Arvon Week

    Listed on June 5, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Sarah Hehir on how her Arvon week led to an award-winning radio play. On March 22nd this year, I checked my emails while standing between carriages on a train from Bromley South to Rochester at the end of a long journey from North Lincolnshire.

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  • Gladstone – from The Hurst writer-in-residence

    Listed on June 4, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Deborah Alma is The Hurst writer-in-residence in 2013, during the renovation of the Manor House, former home of playwright John Osborne.

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  • Piers Torday’s Arvon week

    Listed on May 29, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Piers Torday blogs about how his Arvon week inspired his debut novel. In the summer of 2008, I found myself at the end of a TV production contract, after ten years of solid work in the industry – with no immediate desire to leap into the next job which came along.

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  • Loving local food at Totleigh Barton

    Listed on May 28, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Loving local food at Totleigh Barton by Oliver Meek, Centre Director at Totleigh Barton Arvon is not only about fiction and poetry; we also experiment with other forms of writing such as songwriting, screenwriting, comedy writing and one of my personal favourites, food writing.

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  • Michael Beckwith’s Arvon Week

    Listed on May 24, 2013 by Arvon in Blogs!

    Michael Beckwith blogs about his week at Arvon’s Writing for Games course “Ever since I was little, I loved to write. The very idea of being able to create something using only your imagination appealed to me, probably because I was never good at physically creating something.

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  • ARCA welcomes 6 new members nationwide

    Listed on April 25, 2013 by ARCA in ARCA

    ARCA is delighted to welcome 6 new members in 2013.  All members offer short courses & residential lifelong learning opportunities for adults of all ages. To request further course information or a free brochure visit www.arca.uk.net/brochures

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