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‘INSPIRED BY PAXOS' (no dates currently available)

“My books are always about living in places, not rushing through them…the important determinant of culture is - after all - the spirit of place.” - Lawrence Durrell

Whether you would like to visit an unknown magical island a short ferry ride from Corfu or already know and love Paxos, this course offers you the chance to explore its fascinating landscape and, through this, further develop your own creative writing.  With its serene olive groves, lonely beaches, sea caves and ruined windmills, Paxos offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in an inspirational place and find a rich source for your own poetry or prose.  Spirit of place has always inspired writers, from Thomas Hardy’s Dorset to Lawrence and Gerald Durrell’s Corfu, and we know that Paxos will inspire you, whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced writer.

Like painters, you will spend some of your time ‘writing from life’ and the course will include visits to Circe’s Spring, the bell tower of Ipapanti, the delightful village of Loggos and the beach.  In a landscape remarkably unspoilt, still echoing with the spirit of Homer, you will look closely at what you find around you and share existing writing to help you get started. Paxos provides the tranquillity many writers and aspirant writers seek, as well as an intriguing history and secret places redolent with myth. By the end of the course you will have explored and enjoyed its enchanting landscape, and completed a small collection of writing about the island or other places that have inspired you.

The course will be led by experienced writer, tutor and frequent visitor to Paxos, Adam Strickson, Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Leeds, who has led many courses in the UK.  Poet in Residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival in 2005, he has taught poetry, fiction, life writing and the use of myth and landscape as creative sources.

The course will be based around five morning sessions and two evenings, one at the beginning of the week when you will share some of the writing about Greece or other places that you love, and one at the end when you will share some of the work written during the course. Adam will also be offering 45 minute individual writer’s ‘surgeries’ in the late afternoon and evening. During these he will look either at writing produced during the course or at an example of each participant’s existing writing which they may send to him before the start of the course.

During the course you will

  • explore and share stimulating prose and poetry by contemporary and ancient writers about Paxos, Greece or other places that you love
  • write your own poetry and/or prose in the beautiful landscape
  • receive supportive, structured advice to help you improve your writing
  • share your writing informally with the rest of the group

Afternoons will be free, leaving plenty of time either to explore Paxos or simply relax

Click here to read what people have said about Adam Strickson's teaching and writing.

Register Your Interest: If you are interested in joining this course and would like to receive more information about 'Inspired by Paxos' once further dates are confirmed, then please Contact Us.

Second Holiday/Course Discount: We will give you a discount of £40 if you book any two of the holidays or courses in our current programme.

Group Discounts: If you are a group of four or more who wish to book the same holiday or course, please contact us to see if we can offer you a discount.

Further Information: Do have a look round our website and, if you would like further information about any of our holidays and courses or about Paxos more generally, then please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Paxos Life Activities Ltd
telephone: 0044 (0)1444 258048

email: info(at)paxoslife.co.uk