Our residential courses and workshops in literature and creative writing of all kinds are led by such internationally respected mentors as Mimi Khalvati, Matthew Sweeney, Mark Doty and Judith Barrington. Visit the showcase section to see some of the original writing that the Almàssera has inspired..
2nd SEptember to 9th September
A Poetry Week with Mimi Khalvati
Mimi returns to the Almassera Vella for another exciting summer week. Her courses at the Almassera have inspired reams of published poetry - in workshop sessions that are always uplifting, always intensely creative.
Mimi has written many poems about the Almassera Vella (refer showcase on this site)
Of her latest collection 'The Weather Wheel' (Carcanet) Maitreyabandu said:
’ It’s as if Khalvati writes until the words themselves disappear and all we’re left with is stars and moon, tears and happiness, bicycles and pilgrims. They are, to quote Wallace Stevens, as ‘responsive/ As a mirror with a voice.''
10th September to 17th September 2017
Poetry and Art
Dr Tamar Yoseloff
IN THIS RESIDENTIAL COURSE, following a highly successful week in 2016, we will be examining the close relationship between poetry and art, and considering how paintings can provide themes and inspiration for new poems. During the week we will be taking advantage of the extensive art library on site, as well as reading poets such as Frank O'Hara, Wallace Stevens and John Burnside, who often use art as a basis for their work. We will also visit the studios of local artists and the galleries and museums of Villajoyosa and Alicante, including the Museum of Modern Art.
TAMAR YOSELOFF’S latest collection The City with Horns(2011), features a sequence of poems inspired by the life and work of the American abstract artist, Jackson Pollock. Former collections include
(Fun House, Slow Dancer Press, 1994, was followed by Sweetheart ( a PBS Special Commendation and the winner of the Aldeburgh Festival Prize, Barnard’s Star and Fetch was published by Salt in April 2007. Her collaborative book Formerly (with photographs by Vici MacDonald) was shortlisted for the 2012 Ted Hughes Award. Tamar is a hugely experienced tutor – formerly programme director at the London Poetry School – she runs exhilarating workshops there and abroad. She returns to Almàssera for the seventh time