Poetry Workshop with Sean O'Brien Spring 2014
Adresse : 17 Cour du Château , Ventenac En Minervois, France
Début : 11-04-2014 Fin : 17-04-2014
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The Canal du Midi, grey-green or golden according to the light, flows past Château Ventenac, linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean. It brings to this deep rural landscape a sense of far distances along with the mysterious here and now of its local passage down the tree-lined avenues grown as if in its honour.

Come and write alongside this beautiful waterway, which, flowing like time itself, irresistibly draws in the imagination, inviting and challenging the poet to evoke its physical presence and the meaning it seems always on the brink of revealing. On this course we will accept the invitation of writing about the canal’s landscapes along with, or in reaction to, the individual interior landscapes we carry with us.

Places are limited to ten participants.


Sean is a multiple award-winning poet and a very experienced writing tutor. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and is considered a thoughtful, responsive, approachable and dedicated teacher. He has also acted as a mentor for individual poets and is particularly adept at helping poets to prepare a first collection for publication.

He has taught on many courses for the Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School. His six individual collections of poetry have all won awards. His recent collection November was on the International Shortlist for the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize 2012. As a writing tutor,

Sean’s concern is not to encourage you to write as he does, but to see ways of improving your poems to make the best of their particular qualities. Much has been made of the serious and grim aspects of Sean’s work, but it can also be hilariously funny.


  • Course fee- all inclusive in a shared room    £645

  • Supplement for single room                        £150

  • Non-participating partner sharing room         £495

Places are limited.

Deluxe Suite – please contact Julia (julia@chateaulifecourses.com) to check availability and prices.

Click here to read our Terms and Conditions of Booking

  • The balance of your course should be paid at least 8 weeks prior to the course. 

  • The 25% deposit is non-refundable. You are advised to take out a travel insurance policy with a cancellation clause which may enable you to reclaim non-refundable monies. 

  • If you prefer to pay by BACS/CHAPS please email julia@chateaulifecourses.com

  • Course bookings are provisional until confirmed in writing by Julia Bristow.

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