Spring is coming

If you’re already looking forward to a bit of Spring warmth and sunshine, John Simmons has just the writing course for you. April might feel far off, but spaces are sure to fill up quickly.

At this time of year, I obsessively look out for those signs of seasonal change: extra minutes of daylight, buds on some plants, first snowdrops. Here’s another welcome sign of spring – a new kind of Dark Angels course, open to all our angels (but sign up quick as numbers will be restricted).

Timing: afternoon 20 April till afternoon 23 April

Venue: Tilton House, Sussex Downs www.tiltonhouse.co.uk

I’ve always been interested in visual art, and increasingly in its links with writing. So for this workshop retreat I’m teaming up with artist Jenni Wallace for exercises and creative activities (visual and verbal) that we’re devising specially.

Located at Tilton House, the former country home of John Maynard Keynes, this is the only Bloomsbury house where you can stay overnight. Close by is Charleston, the house where Vanessa Bell painted in the company of her sister Virginia Woolf and other members of the Bloomsbury set. We’ll visit the house, which is itself an inspiration for writers and artists, and we’ll go for walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside. And enjoy springtime.

This is a unique combination of retreat and workshop, designed to refresh your creativity, provide space for relaxation and stimulate your senses. The food will be delicious home-cooked vegetarian meals and, yes, there will be wine.

Places will be limited so we advise early booking. The accommodation is comfortable, and there are options to choose a room of your own, to share or to have a non-residential place if you live nearby.

Prices per person

Shared room: £695

Exclusive room: £850

This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

For anyone living nearby and wanting to join on a daily basis, the fee will be £475.

We look forward to hearing from you. It will be a Dark Angels course like and unlike any other. Email Susanne to book your place.

– John Simmons

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