from BARDO

The stars are in our belly; the Milky Way our umbilicus.

Is it a consolation that the stuff of which we’re made

is star-stuff too?

– That wherever you go you can never fully disappear –

dispersal only: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen.

Tree, rain, coal, glow-worm, horse, gnat, rock.

Roselle Angwin

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

'writing the bright moment' - writing retreat in France

Fancy catching the last of the summer sun on an inspiring and gentle writing retreat? This is my last residential week in 2013, and I'm so looking forward to working at Gardoussel in France; it also happens to be in the Languedoc, where my novel Imago is partly set... 

We are offering a single place as a prize in the Poetry Society draw; Sharon, see below, has details, or visit the Poetry Society website.

Writing the Bright Moment in the Cevennes, France
Sat 31 August - Sat 7 September 2013


Could you do with a tonic for body, heart, mind, imagination and, of course, your writing? If so, this is the week for you – one to both quicken and quieten the heart, fire the imagination and enliven the senses.

The retreat will focus on developing our writing at the same time as deepening our sense of relationship to the world around us, in this moment – the only one we ever have.

There’ll be lively discussion, stimulating writing tasks for the imagination, shared silence and slow walking as well as words and readings, and time to simply be in the natural world, and, if you’d like, to immerse yourself in the waterfall pool. All the time there will be gentle prompts to relax into the present moment and its joys and gifts.

The spirit of the retreat will echo the essays in my book of the same title; if you know my style from this or others of my courses, you'll know to expect a deepening of your sense of connectedness, a great deal of sometimes surprising writing (poetry & prose), a slowing down, some play, a lot of laughter, and an opening of your imagination and your heart.

Cost: 595 Euros
Price includes all course tuition, accommodation and meals. Single rooms will be provided to all participants depending on availability unless otherwise requested.

Sharon may be able to help with transport from Nimes up to Gardoussel (shuttle buses run from the airport to the train station). (Places limited, otherwise we can help you to organise a shared taxi or advise on public transport.) For travel options see below:

TGV fast trains Paris (Gare de Lyon) – Nimes approx every hour, journey takes less than 3 hours (can link up with Eurostar London St Pancras to Paris, or flights into Paris Charles de Gaulle). For the chance of a free pickup, aim to arrive in Nimes around 2.30pm.

Ryanair: Luton – Nimes
Ryanair: Liverpool – Nimes
Easyjet: Gatwick – Montpellier

For more information about this retreat and other events at Abri Creative Writing and Gardoussel, visit the websites and

 Sharon will give you full details:

email: sharonblack1969[at]yahoo[dot]com
tel: + 33 466 60 16 78

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