Poetry and Handbound Books

I am leading in a holiday in a country house near Keswick this coming September. The company arrange transfers from Penrith station, if you come by train. There is plenty of parking, if you drive. And if you come with a partner who doesn’t want to do this holiday, there are others running concurrently. 
It runs Monday afternoon to Friday morning, all the cooking is done for you and meals served in a beautiful dining room. At the moment, there are three people booked on the course and I’d love a larger group, though I’ve been told it’s viable already and will definitely run.
We will be reading nature poetry by a wide range of poets, and writing our own, using the stimulus of the extensive grounds. Alongside that, we will make a handbound watercolour paper concertina book with a hard cover, illustrated by a range of possible methods and including a poem you have written on the holiday, of your choice. There will be evening activities too, including a talk on bees.
The early bird discount is still valid. It’s cheaper than Arvon, but guests are waited on and served three course meals, restaurant style, extensive grounds, a footpath to Keswick, materials provided and everyone will take home a book they made themselves. 
This is the link to the holiday:


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8 responses to “Poetry and Handbound Books

  1. mavisgulliver

    This sounds wonderful. Unfortunately I’m moving house in September so can’t join you.

  2. I’ll let you know if it runs again, it will be up to HFHolidays.

  3. Oh my goodness. Keswick. I was in that area last summer and swoon. I wanna live in the North of England FOREVER. Unfortunately, one must take care of ones family in the USA. 😉 Amy

  4. Sally James

    Dear Angela, Ron and I are interested in this and would like to book. It sounds really good and just up our street. Thanks best wishes Sally


    • Hi Sally, it would be absolutely wonderful to have you and Ron aboad for this holiday. To book you need to either go through the link above to book online or ring the company on
      0345 470 8558
      I think you just need a deposit at this stage. The website is easy to use, just go to the link and select the dates and prices tab. Let me know if you have any problems.

  5. We now have a group of seven people coming on this holiday. But there is still room for more to book, while the early bird discount still stands.