Autumn Poetry Workshop : The Poet in the Landscape

Workshop Leader : Tamar Yoseloff
Date : Saturday 29th September
Opening Times : 1.30-4.30pm Workshop followed by 5-6.30pm Readings
Venue :  Farm Classroom for Workshop and Readings
Bookings / Tickets : please visit 

This practical writing workshop takes as its starting point the challenge of capturing landscape in words, considering botht he landscapes presented to us by artists and by our surroundings at White House Farm. We will look at poets and painters who have approached the landscape both descriptively and emotionally, such as John Burnside and Peter Lanyon. Participants will be invited to find their own landscapes – either in situ, from memory or from visual triggers – to create a new poem to share during the session.

Please Note : Both the afternoon Workshop and evening Readings are open to Suffolk Poetry Society members and non-members alike. Bookings can be made on the SPS website.

‘Tamar Yoseloff has published five full collections; her debut book, Sweetheart, won the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival Prize and was a PBS Commendation. Her most recent collection is A Formula for Night: New and Selected Poems (Seren, 2015). She is also the author of Formerly (the inaugural chapbook from her publishing venture, Hercules Editions), incorporating photographs by Vici MacDonald and shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award; two collaborative editions with the artist Linda Karshan (Marks, published by Pratt Original Editions in 2007 and Desire Paths, published in an edition of 10 by Galerie Hein Elferink in 2012) and Nowheres, a privately-produced book with the artist Charlotte Harker in 2015.

Both Formerly and Nowheres were featured in exhibitions at the Poetry Café, and Formerly was also the basis for an exhibition at the National Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre.

She received an MPhil in Writing from the University of Glamorgan in 2003 and a PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University in 2010. Her main research interests are in poetry and the visual arts, and urban psychogeography.

Tamar has run site-specific writing courses for galleries including the Hayward, the Royal Academy, the National Gallery, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, Somerset House and Tate Liverpool. She has taught for a number of London-based writing organisations including Spread the Word, Birkbeck and the Poetry School.

She is currently a visiting guest lecturer at Newcastle University on the Newcastle/Poetry School MA course in Writing Poetry and the Chair of the Poetry and Spoken Word Group of the Society of Authors.’

For more information about the work of the Suffolk Poetry Society :

Hedge Quarters & Poetry Links

 The Alde Valley Spring Festival Ltd and White House Farm have supported a range of poetry projects and links. These include a new Poetry in Aldeburgh Writing Residency, sponsorship for the Suffolk Poetry Society’s annual George Crabbe Poetry Prize and support for the Resurgence Poetry Prize through Poetry in Aldeburgh. Links to poetry projects in Ireland are also being developed with help from Cill Rialaig and the poet Paddy Bushe – who received the inaugural Spring Festival / Cill Rialaig poetry residency in Spring 2016.

Copies of poems written and read in Hedge Quarters in 2015 and 2016 were being published in association with the Suffolk Poetry Society. As part of its support for the 2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize the Alde Valley Spring Festival sponsored the casting of oak leaves from the farm by the artist Jennifer Hall – recipient of a year long Woodland Residency in Spring 2017 – and is welcoming the 2017 Resurgence Eco Poetry Prize Winner Sean Hewitt to the farm for a Residency. Other recent Writing and Poetry Residency recipients include Leonardo Froes, Tishani Doshi and Carlo Pizzati.

Poetry in Aldeburgh 2018


Friday 2nd - Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th November 2018
A Weekend Festival of Poetry, Film and Art by the Sea
90 poets, artists, filmmakers
Four venues: Peter Pears Gallery, Garage Gallery, Jubilee Hall,
Aldeburgh Baptist Church
Curated by Poetry School / Paul Stephenson 

  • Lettering Arts Trust.

    A workshop space for guest letter carvers including Louise Tiplady, Ayako Furuno , Jaki Blackman.


  • Eilidh Allan.

    Handmade silver jewellery. New collections inspired by trees, fruits & seeds. Work for sale and commissions / bespoke jewellery made to order.


  • Glass Studio.

    Sea glass jewellery by Buzz Mitchell – for sale and made to commission. Paintings and other creations made by Isabelle Sarginson Allen.


  • Tobias Ford.

    Knife making forge. Hand forged / handmade kitchen knives available for sale and made to order.


  • Tuesday Knitting Group in the Tea Rooms
    10am – 12 pm : 30th Apr ; 7th, 14th, 23rd May.


  • New for 2019:

    Alexander Herbe-George & Slightly Nomadic. Glamping wagons, living pods, micro-shelters made to order.


  • Aspen Press.

    Letterpress. Demonstrations. Commissioned work also undertaken.

  • Foraging Centre with Foraging Walks led by Forager and Permaculture Gardener in Residence Sam Starke.    

  • Stephanie Bunn.

    Basketry research studio working with local plant materials and exploring the relationship between geometry and basketry.


  • Nienke Jongsma / Vandertas.

    Handmade foraging bags, floral shopper bags for sale; handmade leather shoulder bags, satchels, work bags, purses and wallets.


  • Jon Warnes.

    Jon Warnes.  Wood turning, handmade spoons, stools, benches and bowls for sale.



    New Iris Paintings by Jelly Green including Cedric Morris / Benton End varieties.

  • Pop Up Tea Rooms open in the Farmhouse Dining Rooms with cakes and pastries from The Great Glemham Bann.

  • Farm Suppers.

    Thursday evenings with Suffolk Chef Peter Harrison and Guests of Honour from the Writing at Great Glemham residency programme.


  • New Allotment Paintings by Tessa Newcomb and Winter Garden paintings in egg tempera by Ruth Stage.

  • Farm Nature Walks open.

    Families welcome.

    Great pubs nearby in Sweffling, Rendham, Great Glemham, Snape and Framlingham.


    New works by Becky Munting and Emma Green in the farmhouse Dining Rooms.


  • New works by Alice Andrea Ewing from The Great Glemham Series and the Pomarius Residency.


Works for Sale

We have some wonderful works by artists that exhibit at the festival currently for sale. Details >
The Festival Shop

Stocking a range of unusual cards, books, walking sticks and other handmade items made on the farm & by local artisans. Details >
The Suffolk Chair Collection

The Collection of original early – mid nineteenth century Ball Backs has been set up as a design reference collection. Details >

Icon Painting in the Alde Valley

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Food Adventures

We have listed some of the Alde Valleys outstanding food businesses.
Places to Stay

The Alde Valley and East Suffolk are full of good homestays, holiday cottages, B&Bs and hotels.
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