Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë’s birth – unique creative writing and yoga weekend this September in Yorkshire

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Channel your inner 'Cathy' and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Brontë this year, at a unique writing and wellbeing retreat in Emily Brontë's homeland, amidst the setting for her acclaimed novel, Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë's contribution to literature firmly marked female writers on the literary landscape; for this retreat, across Fri 14th – Sun 16th September, women will be walking together, writing together and being well together, hosted by Hedge Arts and More Love Yoga. There is also the chance to win a fully-funded bursary place in a short story writing competition.

The weekend will feature special guest workshops with Dr Alexandra Lewis, editor of the forthcoming Norton Critical edition of Wuthering Heights, and Associate Director of the Centre for the Novel; and Yorkshire poet Ruby Robinson, whose debut poetry collection, Every Little Sound, was published by Pavilion Poetry, an imprint of Liverpool University Press, in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Best Collection, 2016.

Participants will be based at a Victorian gothic mansion overlooking the wild Pennine moors, and will be welcomed with a guided Wuthering Heights book club dinner on the first night. Participants will make the famous pilgrimage to Top Withens the next day. Creative writing activities will be held along the way there and back. Participants will be treated to a grounding yoga workshop at the summit amidst the ruins of Top Withens, connecting them to the landscape, imagination and soul of Emily Brontë.

Accommodation, the programme with guest speakers, a guided walk to Top Withens, meals and entry to the Brontë Parsonage will all be included in the overall price. Guests just need to purchase their own drinks. Though YHA Haworth is the sleeping base, most events will take place outside to immerse participants fully in nature, landscape, and place, and the wellbeing benefits associated with being outdoors.

The cost of the retreat is £275pp with 10% off for concessions or students with valid proof. Tickets and info are found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wuthering-heights-writing-wellbeing-retreat-2018-tickets-47090125834

For details of a fully funded bursary place for the weekend via the Hedge Arts short story competition please see: https://www.hedgearts.org/competitions/

For details of our subsidised place sponsored by our guest poet Ruby Robinson, with a mentoring opportunity for poets, please see: https://everylittlesound.com/2018/06/30/writing-and-wellbeing-retreat/ (deadline is 11th August 2018)

NB: Participants must be over 18, travel not included. Nearest train station, Keighley, is 3.3 miles away, a taxi is around £8-10 from the station, and there are local buses too. There is also ample parking on site for those driving.

www.hedgearts.org/womensretreat/  / https://twitter.com/artshedge www.moreloveyoga.com/

Editor