Angela Locke

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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…’

By alocke, Oct 13 2016 05:21PM

Good news! We are now also running a Spring Retreat as well as September, from the 30th April - 5th May, the 17th Writers’Course, and once again at the wonderful Argyll Hotel on the magical island of Iona.

Please note that the September 2017 Writers Retreat is now full, although you can contact Angela to be put on the waiting list.

For May reservations, contact Angela Locke to check there are still places, direct on email at or through the Argyll Hotel, Iona, 01681 700334, or through their website.

By alocke, Oct 6 2016 07:11PM

Friday, October 7th

2 – 4pm

Angela Locke

The Art of Travel Writing

Carlisle Library



Sponsored by

University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts University

‘Each landscape asks the same question. I am watching myself in you; are you watching yourself in me?’ Lawrence Durrell: Spirit of a Place.

The greatest travel writing pulls the reader into a personal relationship with ‘place’. Each view is unique, because each writer is unique. This workshop will explore how we are each other through the alchemy of travel writing.

Please bring with you an ‘aide memoir’ of a personal journey – a postcard, souvenir or artefact – and we will make the journey together.

By alocke, Oct 4 2016 06:10PM

Our Writers’ Retreat on the beautiful island of Iona in September was amazing. I didn’t think we could have a better course than last year, which was truly exceptional, but thanks to everyone we had the most amazing and inspiring few days together, which touched me so deeply. And some people even swam this year! It’s been hard to come back to ordinary life. I feel I said goodbye to the most wonderful friends, whose writing was so exciting and moving, and whose kindness, laughter and generous sharing was like a flower blooming over those few days, all against the magical, special and powerful backdrop of the island. No wonder it was hard to come back even to the beauties of the Lake District without feeling wistful for Iona’s special enchantment…

Please take some time to view Simon Marsh's wonderful photographical coverage of this years trip...

i) A photo book to view directly here.

ii) A photo book on Flickr for full screen slideshow here.

Dates for next year are set up now, and we’ve already started receiving bookings. The dates are:

September 1st – to September 6, 2017

NB We had a waiting list this year, and several people missed out. So if you would like to come, contact me first to make sure there are spaces and then put your name down at the Argyll Hotel, Iona, telephone number 01681 700 334 for a room or have a look at their website.



with Angela Locke.

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