Talking About Books - a course with Guy Pringle
Adresse : 17 Cour du Château , Ventenac En Minervois, France
Début : 12-05-2013 Fin : 17-05-2013
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Guy Pringle from Newbooks Magazine leads a five night “Talking about Books” holiday at Château Ventenac.

A few words from Guy Pringle:

How flattering to be held in such high regard!

An email out of the blue from Julia Bristow introduced me to Château Life, a real, live château in the south of France that ‘offers a range of residential holiday courses including Poetry, Creative Writing, Vegetarian Cookery, Life Coaching and French Immersion’.

Author Patrick Gale was leading a creative writing course there when Julia mentioned she was keen to offer the venue as a reading retreat – at which point my name entered the conversation.

Having massively enjoyed our readers’ gatherings at le Rieu, I was eager at the prospect of being involved all over again. As my subsequent telephone conversation with Julia developed it became apparent that we were of a like mind in wanting to present a relaxing book- related ‘experience’, a mix of holiday and self-education with the chance to visit nearby historic places, like Carcassone. And fortunately, Julia came to the same conclusion: that Guy Pringle would be the ideal person to facilitate the very first Château Life Readers’ Retreat for five days in May.

Having refined our own gatherings in Normandy the intention is to stick with a formula that worked so well. So, we’re asking each delegate to nominate, in advance, a favourite book, poem, painting or photograph. This has proved an ideal springboard for detailed discussions with a bookish bent.

As the days unfold, we’ll spend our mornings discussing one of each, leaving our afternoons free to sit by the pool with a book. Or perhaps you’ll venture further afield to see the sights?

May can be a delightful month in the UK – but in the south of France it’s usually perfection!

Places are limited to ten participants.


Course fee- all inclusive in a shared room £595

Supplement for single room £150

Non-participating partner sharing room £475

Deluxe Suite – please contact Julia ( 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

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

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