Afternoon Poetry Workshop ~ The Art of Making, and Making with Words

Workshop Leader : Rebecca Goss
Date : 30th September
Opening Times : 1.30-4.30pm Workshop followed by 5-6.30pm Readings
Venue :  Farm Classroom for Workshop and Hedge Quarters for the Readings
Tickets : £18 pp for the Workshop & £10 for Readings [inc refreshments]
Bookings :

Join poet Rebecca Goss to spend the afternoon exploring the art of making, and making with words in this practical poetry workshop 1.30pm – 4.30pm on Saturday September 30th 2017 as part of Alde Valley Spring Festival’s autumn programme ! Cornucopia ! in collaboration with Suffolk Poetry Society.

In keeping with the themes of The Alde Valley Spring Festival, Rebecca will focus on the skills and traditions associated with rural crafts.  What can we glean from such specialist trades, and how can we transpose and demonstrate such skills in our writing?  An opportunity to consider the scope of what we can create, the act of labour and the art of ‘making’, come along for a stimulating afternoon of poetry writing, reading and reflection.

There will be a separate late afternoon event 5pm – 6.30pm of tea and cakes with readings by Rebecca Goss and Suffolk Poetry Society members/workshop participants.

Rebecca Goss lives in Suffolk. Her first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet / Northern House), was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Warwick Prize for Literature 2015 and The Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It was winner of the Poetry Category in The 2013 East Anglian Book Awards. In 2014 Rebecca was selected for The Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets.

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

Hedge Quarters & Poetry Links

The Alde Valley Spring Festival and White House Farm support 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. 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 are being published for ! Cornucopia ! 2017  in association with the Suffolk Poetry Society. As part of its support for the 2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize the Alde Valley Spring Festival is also sponsoring the casting of oak leaves from the farm by the artist Jennifer Hall – recipient of a year long Woodland Residency in Spring 2017.

For more information about poetry in Suffolk please visit the Suffolk Poetry Society and Poetry in Aldeburgh.

  • Local Places to Stay :

    Good places to stay within 1 mile of the Festival and farm : Crown Cottages, Great Glemham; Stable Cottage, The Grove; Alde Garden, Sweffling Details>


  • Festival Exhibition opening times :

    Festival open every weekday except non-Bank Holiday Mondays. If you are coming in the middle of the day there are good local pubs in Great Glemham and Rendham.


  • Free Entry & Parking :

    Free parking and free entry to Festival Exhibition and Open Studios [@ weekends] – come by foot, bike or car share !

  • Harry Becker Exhibition :

    Archive Exhibition about Harry Becker in the Farmyard Classroom with works for sale in the barns.

  • The Festival Exhibition theme for 2018 : Claudius ~ Suffolk’s Roman Emperor!

    Celebration of portraiture, life drawing and the figure in the landscape

  • New works:

    New works by over 20 artists and makers in the Festival Exhibition.

  • Festival Talks:

    Festival Talks with Maggi Hambling, Simon Loftus and Charlotte Howarth.

  • Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison:

    Farm Suppers with Peter Harrison each Thursday evening in the farmhouse Dining Rooms from Thurs 26th April – 17th May. Book early to reserve places.


  •  Eat on the Wild Side :

    Cakes, pastries and pies made with foods from the farm’s market gardens, hedgerows, pastures and woodland. Served and on sale at weekends in Hedge Quarters’ Tea Rooms.


  •  NEW for 2018 :

    More pop up exhibition spaces in the barns for The Spring Festival Exhibition.

  •  NEW for 2018 :

    New Workshop Residency spaces – open at weekends from 21st April – 20th May.

  •  Spring Festival launches 21st April:

    The 2018 Alde Valley Spring Festival launches on Saturday 21st April and runs until Sunday 20th May – come and visit us !


  •  NEW for 2018:

    Open Studios showcasing some of the best makers in Suffolk and UK : leather work, letter carving, chair-making, knife-forging, jewellery, tile-making


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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