The day included two writing exercises, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each followed by a read-round and short feedback session. In the morning, we played music videos, featuring a variety of compositions and artists - using these to inspire our first poems of the day. In the afternoon we used a throw of the dice to help us decide subjects, forms and poetic elements to incorporate in our work during the latter half of the day. Most people ended the day with two drafts - some, notably David Ashbee, with considerably more.
The hotel kept us well supplied with tea coffee, biscuits, pastries and cakes during the day - and a sit-down lunch in the dining room - after which we took advantage of the excellent weather for a short walk in the beautiful grounds.
Many thanks to the management and staff at Dumbleton Hall, especially Terry who has helped us organise the three Awaydays we have productively spent at the hotel.
Here are some photographs from the day:
Members of CPS in the Library Bar,
Dumbleton Hall Hotel, Worcestershire
Writing in the Bredon Room - Roger, Gill, Michael Stuart, Derek, Robin, Sheila, Michael, Howard, Marilyn, David, Gerald, Alice, Annie. Sharon behind the camera.
Dumbleton Hall Hotel
In the grounds at Dumbleton Hall
Alice and Sheila
Stuart Annie Gill Sheila