Ann Sansom of the Poetry Business ran a residential Poetry week at the Almassera Vella in June and it resulted in a happy coda as she invited me to read at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and join a workshop there. Ann’s courses at the Almassera Vella have proved the birthplace of a good deal of published and prize-winning poetry — her methods almost force quality work out of you.

Peter Sansom ran the Grasmere workshop on similarly inspiring lines and and as the sun set over the fells, we indulged in a Wordsworth/Coleridge ‘walk and talk’ afterwards.