Angela Locke

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By alocke, Jul 12 2017 05:56PM

We have had two wonderful Writing Retreats so far this year, both with fantastic writing and great participants. Our Iona May Retreat was blessed with wonderful weather for much of the time and writers were able to get out on the island and experience its beauty. My helpmeet on this occasion was Rebekah Spivey who came across from the USA to add her particular sparkle and inspiration to the mix. I hope we can work together sometime soon. She is very kindly putting together some of the work which will appear on my website soon. We also welcomed two participants for South Africa.

Next year’s May Retreat on Iona is now up on the website, and there are still spaces. So book soon if you can.

Rydal Hall, in the heart of the English Lake District, has just been created a World Heritage Site! Our weekend Retreat takes place in an imposing mansion with incredible gardens, a few yards from Wordsworth’s family home at Rydal Mount. Once again amazing writing and a great company of writers. I was very ably assisted by David Clemson who, as my regular co-tutor on Retreats, brings his own rich experience to the mix. He is co-ordinating a virtual booklet of some of the work, which will appear soon. Once again too, we welcomed a participant from the USA, and a great company of writers, beginners and those with more experience, from all over the UK.

I am looking forward very much to the 2017 September Writing Retreat, on that magical Isle of Iona. Booked up from very early on this year, there will be more chances to come next year for this very special experience, see my 2018 brochures on the website.

By alocke, Nov 16 2016 11:13PM

The increasingly popular Maryport Litfest takes place this coming weekend – Friday to Sunday, at Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport. This will be our 9th Festival, and the theme is WILD! Once again we have achieved an Arts Council Grant, as recognition for the work we are doing on the West Coast.


There will be writing workshops on the Friday afternoon, and the Festival will be launched by Cumbrian resident Doug Scott on Friday night, who will speak about his experiences in the Wild! As ever we try to feature many local authors, including the Lakeland Dialect Society who will be launching their new book! Another Cumbrian resident, Catherine Anderson, will be talking about her late partner’s book about the 'Lost Himalayan Railways' which is being sold in aid of the Angus McDonald Trust, set up in his memory for work in Burma. Eric Robson will be talking about his experiences of the Wild!, we will be showing the film of another Cumbrian resident’s life, Gwen Moffat, and Cumbrian resident Simon Yates will be talking about his 3rd book 'The Wild Within'. On Sunday Steve Matthews will be talking about 'Beauty in the The Lap of Horror', his new book about Borrowdale, while we will be going further afield in the afternoon when Brontë expert and author of several books on the family, Juliet Barker, will be discussing the influence of the Wild! on the Brontë family. There will be Wild! poetry in the afternoon from Grevel Lindop and the internationally regarded poet Tom Picard from Maryport, followed by a poetry tea and poetry competition results.

View the programme and Sign up here if you can! It will be a blast!


By alocke, Oct 23 2016 11:49AM

At Mungrisdale Writers’ Group we believe that everybody has creative writing waiting to be released, and we provide a stimulating and enjoyable environment to encourage this.

We meet fortnightly, in the comfortable Village Hall in Mungrisdale, near Keswick in Cumbria, under the guidance of a resident tutor, Angela Locke.

We aim to enable writing in poetry, fiction, flash fiction and short stories. At each session the tutor proposes homework for the group and we encourage everyone to read out their work in the first half of the following session. This is followed by a stimulus-led writing activity. We treat all contributions positively and with respect.

Tutors from outside provide a Summer Programme and every year, the group produces a booklet of members’ work.

In 2011 we had our first poetry competition and there was another in 2013.

You are welcome to come along and see whether you would like to join us. Please see the following poster and visit our website for details.

Mungrisdale Writers Group 2016
Mungrisdale Writers Group 2016

By alocke, Oct 16 2016 03:20PM

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced writers, Lakeland Writing Retreats seek to inspire writers in the beautiful Lake District landscape where the great Romantic poets and so many other writers were inspired in their turn.

Angela Locke holds an MA in Creative Writing, and has facilitated many successful writing workshops, notably on Iona and in the English Lake District. She is a novelist, travel writer, children's writer and journalist, often using the Lake District, where she now lives, as the background for her books, an experienced Creative Writing tutor leading Writing Retreats across the UK and in France.

The Retreat will be based at Rydal Hall, set in the splendour of the Lake District National Park, in the heart of the fells. Rydal Hall is an historic country mansion a few yards from Wordsworth's family home, with stunning grounds designed by Thomas Mawson. There will be a chance to explore other special places in the heart of the English Lake District.

First bookers will have a chance to stay at Rydal Hall, where workshops will take place doing the day, and all our evening meals will be taken there. Please visit the Writing Retreats page of this website to download the 2017 Retreat Brochure.

Angela will this year be assisted by author and Creative Writing tutor David Clemson MA. Early morning yoga is also offered for beginners and improvers by top yoga teacher Alicia Lester.

By alocke, Oct 16 2016 03:12PM

I remember I drove back from Rydal Hall, over ‘The Struggle’ from Ambleside, feeling so blessed to have met and spent time with such amazing people; blessed by the weather and the beauty of the Lake District; blessed with the incredible writing, which so inspired me. It was a time which will stay with me, a glowing memory. I’m so glad we were rewarded with the exquisite loveliness of Spring in Rydal, the trees in full blossom, the young leaves and the magnolia in bloom! A miracle in itself.

I felt very deeply that we got close to the heart of what makes good writing, stillness and inspiration, that profound sense of what is right, through observation and awareness. It was a very good place to be, in every way.

I look forward to Springtime again, in 2017…..

What participants said…

'What a fabulous weekend! I have vivid images of the 'Romantic' garden at Rydal Mount in my 'inner eye.' ’

‘Many thanks Angela for a wonderful weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so energising, inspiring and fun with a warm group of people

Once again, many thanks for an inspiring writing experience. I’ m still unpacking in my head the varied sensations of the weekend, which had an amazing restorative quality…’

‘Thank you for a remarkable weekend. So much done in so little time. I shall store it all away and bring it out to gloat over. Truly a store to plunder, treasured memories that will flash upon ’my inward eye’…’

‘An excellent and interesting weekend. I certainly came away with much food for thought and how I might further develop my writing…’



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