Writing Norfolk

    Join teacher and author Dr Alistair Cormack for a relaxed exploration of creative writing inspired by Norfolk. No experience is necessary and lunch is included.

    Norfolk provides a remarkably rich literary landscape. Though the place offers constant inspiration to the literary imagination through its landscape and wildlife, you may have wondered how to channel your feelings and responses into creative writing.

    This course will begin by looking at some of the wonderful writing about this region and move on to offer workshops on participants’ creative writing about Norfolk. Texts will be provided.

    In the first half of the day we will read poetry, prose and essays together and discuss them.

    In the second half of the day we will explore the environment of How Hill and respond through our writing, taking inspiration from the place and the texts read earlier in the day.

    The texts studied will be selected from the following:

    Poetry: Clement Scott ‘The Garden of Sleep’; Algernon Charles Swinburne ‘A Midsummer Holiday’; Beau Hopkins ‘Cley’; Wendy Mulford ‘The East Anglia Sequence’.
    Fiction: Kazuo Ishiguro ‘Never Let Me Go’; L P Hartley ‘The Go-Between’; Theodore Watts-Dunton ‘Aylwin’; Frances Bingham ‘The Principle of Camouflage.’
    Prose other than fiction: Clement Scott ‘Poppy-land’; William Sharp ‘Literary Geography’ (‘Aylwin Land’); W G Sebald ‘The Rings of Saturn’; Alistair Cormack ‘Never Turn Back’ and ‘Poppy-Land’

    Alistair Cormack is the author of Yeats and Joyce (Ashgate 2008), Never Turn Back (East Navigator 2014) and numerous articles in academic journals and books on contemporary fiction. He taught at UEA from 2001-2006, including the critical units for the Creative Writing MA. In 2006, after a move to North Norfolk, he became the Head of English at Gresham’s School where he inaugurated the Norfolk festival of Nature Writing, hosting such luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Patrick Barkham, Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey. He now teaches in Cambridge and is training in psychoanalysis.

    Bookings and enquiries: 01692 678555

    £50 per person