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Temporarily closed due to the pandemic

Hello and thank you for your interest in retreating to Anam Cara. From where I sit in my cocoon, it seems that the best we can do at the moment is wait each day to see what the latest developments and instructions are. Because of that, I think we will have to postpone booking retreats until we can find a time that will work safely for everybody. Right now, it sounds like none of us should be going too far from home as well as we should still be spending as little time as possible in close proximity to others. Please let me know how best to reach you, and I'll be in touch as soon as it will be safe to open the retreat for residencies and workshops. In the meantime, I send my best wishes for your safety and good health, Sue

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

It’s Never Too Late to Write!
Led by Vanessa Gebbie

Writing, including learning to write well and then finding ways to share your work with readers is not restricted to those with youth on their side. Writing is for us all – but sometimes, you’d be forgiven for thinking it isn’t.

Maybe you’ve tried to write, and life has got in the way. You are not alone – many of us make a real effort to fit our creative endeavours around lives already busy with jobs, family, other responsibilities.

This is an invitation to give yourself a gift – the gift of time at Anam Cara, for yourself.

Remind yourself that you can do this, and give yourself an opportunity to kick start those wonderful ideas that keep popping up, supported by an experienced tutor who didn’t start writing herself until … well, you’ll find out!

Now, with her tenth book on the shelves, Vanessa Gebbie will support you, sharing her experience and her love of writing – whether you want to focus on short fiction, novel-length fiction, poetry, memoir.

Who knows, this busy week, in the company of like-minded creatives, might be a life-changer.

Retreat Dates and Registration

Arrival: 19th September 2020
Departure: 26th September 2020

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Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie

Vanessa Gebbie’s first book, Words from a Glass Bubble (Salt Modern Fiction), containing many of her prize-winning short stories, was published in 2008. Her books since include The Coward’s Tale (a novel, Bloomsbury UK/USA 2011) which became a Financial Times Novel of the Year and won her a Gladstone’s Library Residency; two further collections of short stories (2010 and 2017); and two collections of poetry, the first of which, a pamphlet entitled The Half-Life of Fathers (Pighog Publishing), was chosen by the TLS as one of the best of 2012. She was also commissioned to create a textbook on writing - the result, Short Circuit: Guide to the Art of the Short Story, including craft chapters by 26 acclaimed writers of the form, is recommended reading on many Creative Writing courses in the UK and beyond. Her 10th book, a collection of short, short fictions entitled Nothing to Worry About, is forthcoming in 2018 from Flash International at Chester University.

She particularly enjoys where her writing has taken her: into teaching and mentoring widely, passing on her love of writing to both young people and adults, to different places both in the UK and abroad, and into creative collaborations with other artists. A particular interest is the Great War and she organises visits to the Western Front every year. Her collection Memorandum: Poems for the Fallen (Cultured Llama Books, 2016) inspired three visual artists to create artworks in response in painted glass, photography and letter-cutting on Welsh slate. The resulting exhibition: Reflections, the response of four women artists to the Great War centenary, has been touring venues in Sussex, where she lives.

She is hugely grateful that her work has been supported by The Arts Council Grants for the Arts, residencies at both Gladstone’s Library and Anam Cara Writers And Artists’ Retreat in Ireland, and a Hawthornden Fellowship.

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