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Creative Juices Flow on Lake District Retreat

Monday, 20 February 2017

  • Creative Writing Retreat - Year 11 on the boat on Ullswater
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Tobias Jones works with girls
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Peter Sansom inspired girls to write
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Performing poetry in Lake district countryside
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Ella writes on a boat on Ullswater
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Girls write in Wordsworth house
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Haleema writes on a boat on Ullswater
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Girls write on a boat on Ullswater
  • Creative Writing Retreat - Jacqueline reads aloud in the Lake district

Pupils from across several year groups at Bolton School Girls’ Division enjoyed a half-term writing retreat to the Lake District. Based at Patterdale Hall, the School’s adventure learning centre on the shore of Lake Ullswater, the girls were tutored and inspired by Tobias Jones, novelist and Peter Sansom, poet, both eminent in their field. Pupils benefited from group workshops, one-to-one sessions and a number of excursions out into the stunning countryside; over the course of the week, they grew in confidence and became increasingly happy to take risks, experiment and think creatively. 

Course Coordinator, Mrs Kingsford, said: “This trip was a wonderful and happy experience for the girls, who entered into the writing tasks with interest and enthusiasm. Proving to be expert mentors, the course tutors generated a non-judgemental and non-hierarchical environment where girls felt comfortable to read their work out aloud. Any fear to fail was overcome by the rapid production of many writing tasks, some of which could be discarded while others were developed.”

Reflecting on the trip, Year 9 pupil Rosalyn said: "I feel like I came an amateur and left a writer," and Sophie, also from Year 9, said: "Not only has my writing improved greatly with the help of the brilliant instructors, but I have made friends and memories." Ella, from Year 10, equally enjoyed the retreat: "I have loved this trip so much because it has enhanced my writing skills greatly. Thank you for this amazing opportunity."


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