SCHEDULE for 2015
BUTLERS TOWN HOUSE–DUBLIN, IRELAND
DECEMBER 12 – 19, 2015
JOHN BANVILLE — MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER and FRANZE KAFKA Prize
KEVIN BARRY — EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE for LITERATURE and ROONEY PRIZE for Irish Literature
JOHN BOYNE — #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller
MARY COSTELLO — THE BEST IRISH BOOK OF 2014
NOEL DUFFY — shortlisted Strong Award for Best debut collection by an Irish Author
MEDBH MCGUCKIAN – Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, short-listed Poetry Now Award
JACQUELYN MITCHARD — #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller, BRAM STOKER Award and THE SHIRLEY JACKSON AWARD
JOSIP NOVAKOVICH — MAN BOOKER PRIZE finalist
RUTH PADEL — 5 time winner of the British National Poetry Competition, finalist TS Eliot Prize
MICHELE ROBERTS — MAN BOOKER PRIZE finalist twice
ETHEL ROHAN — BRYAN MacMAHON SHORT STORY AWARD winner
GABRIELLE SELZ — 2015 BEST MEMOIR AWARD, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF JOURNALIST & AUTHORS
BRITT TISDALE STATON – Psychotherapist and Creativity Consultant
and FINISHING LINE PRESS AUTHORS
$2,250 for a shared twin room — we will do our best to match you with a perfect roommate.
$3,250 for a single room
Includes–Your choice of taking as many workshops as you want, room for 7 nights at Butlers Townhouse or Ariel House, 7 Full Irish Breakfast, , Nightly Readings and Events.
Dinner with the authors is based on a first come basis. Our fabulous four course dinner including wine is $75 per dinner. Space limited, must reserved in advance.
OWLPEN MANOR, COTSWOLDS, ENGLAND
JANUARY 12 – 19, 2015
7 nights in the Cotswolds.
NANCY GERBAULT, Archaeologist/Art Historian and Director of Abroad Writers’ Conference. Nancy will be teaching two one day workshops plus three days of visiting historic sites. The first lecture is on the History of Food and Drink in the Middle Ages and the second, Medieval Architecture.
HOLLIS GILLESPIE, Travel and TV Correspondent. Hollis will be teaching a Travel & Blogging workshop, this is a five day class for three hours a day.
SARAH GRISTWOOD, TV commentator and bestselling British Historian author. Sarah will be teaching a workshop called, Women in History, this is a five day class for three hours a day.
JACQUELYN MITCHARD, Bestselling author and an Orange Prize finalist. Jackie will be teaching a Full Manuscript Edit & Critique–no limit on pages. This is a five day class, three hours a day.
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A Taste of the Past
January 9 – 12, 2015
Three Days in London with Sarah Gristwood & Nancy Gerbault. Participants will visit Historic London and eat in some of our favorite restaurants.
Dinner at HINDS HEAD – Michelin star 15th-century-pub. Hinds Head was build in the 15th century, at the dawn of the Tudor age. Although the building’s original function is still the subject of speculation (some say it was a royal hunting lodge, others that it was a guest house for an Abbot), it’s known that it was converted into a hostelry around 400 years ago. Hinds Head has provided hospitality to the British Royal Family. Wine not included.
A four course lunch at DINNER, Hester Blumenthal–listed as the 7th Best Restaurant in the World. Hester Blumenthal created a unique menu of historically inspired British dishes, some are dated back to c.1390. Wine not included
An evening at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Tour of the Tower of London
A four course dinner at RULES, the oldest restaurant in London. Rules was established in 1798 by Thomas Rules. Wine not included
The restaurant has been featured in novels by Graham Greene, Dick Francis and Evelyn Waugh.
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Special Lunch option in the Cotswolds
January 12 – 19th
**Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
Three course lunch at the Michelin two star restaurant
Thornbury Castle, Thornbury
Three course lunch at this magnificent Tudor Castle
*The Manor House, Castle Combe
Three course lunch, Michelin one star restaurant
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Learning about the past by visiting a living museum, Weald Open Air Museum
January 19 – 22nd
9:30 Depart from the Cotswolds to Bath
Tour the city of Bath
1 1/2 hour visit to the ancient Thermae Bath Spa. Here you’ll refresh your senses in the aroma steam rooms and bath in the indoor minerva bath.
1:00 Lunch at the Michelin star Bath Priory Restaurant
Bosham, West Sussex: We’ll be staying at Millstream Hotel for three nights and have a special three course dinner at their restaurant.
Bosham is a delightful ancient village situated on the arm of Chichester Harbour. Bosham has a long history; it is thought that it was one of the first sites in Sussex where the Saxon St Wilfried preached around the year 681 AD. There’s a superb 11th century Saxon tower and chancel arch.
8:00 – 11:00 Workshop Hollis Gillespie
9:30 – 4:30 Special workshop for our group at Weald Open Air Museum
Historic Rural Life
The Museum explores the lives of the ordinary men and women whose working, rural lives were tied to the rhythms of the seasons. We term what we do as ‘interpretation’ because we can never fully recreate or re-enact the past but we strive to base our demonstrations and information on all available sources.
All the houses are vernacular – the homes of peasants, labourers, farmers and tradesmen, and to tell the story of the people who built and lived in them we have furnished several of them as authentically as possible, using replica furniture and artefacts. Different methods are used to describe the lives of these people: sometimes they use display panels; occasionally audio-visual commentary and most buildings contain folders with explanatory information. But most important of all they have stewards in the houses who will talk with you about the history of the house and the lives of its former occupants. They will guide us closely to understand the seasonal and ritual year and they demonstrating their traditional skills, practices and domestic lives as closely as possible, bound by the seasons as they were.
In the Tudor kitchen participants will discover the tastes of the period.
Instructors: Hollis Gillespie & Nancy Gerbault
Limited to 10 participants
May 29 – June 5, 2015 Knowle Manor, England
We’re going to KNOWLE MANOR in Dunster, England. Knowle Manor is a historic estate situated on 100 acres of spacious gardens and lakes. The house is located in the medieval town of Dunster, two miles from the coast.
Dunster is one of the most popular places on Exmoor for visitors. It is a medieval village with an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill. Since the decline of the woollen industry in the eighteenth century the village has been locked in a time warp.
Dunster Castle, once the home of the Luttrell family, is now owned by the National Trust. The Luttrell family arrived in England in 1066, with William the Conqueror’s army at the battle of Hastings. There is a plethora of tea shops and gifts shops and several excellent restaurants and places to stay. The National Park Centre here provides information on the whole area and there is a large car park on the edge of the village.
With over 200 listed buildings Dunster is preserved so that generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique village. Situated in the sweeping hills of Exmoor National park Dunster provides the ideal base for your holiday in the South West of England.