The Place to Write

About our Tutors

Samantha Pearse writes and performs stand-up comedy, spoken word and poetry and has performed at prestigious events including Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival and The Wychwood Festival Cabaret Stage.

She has been described as an intelligent woman’s performance poet and praised for her quick wit and deft lines

Her work has been used in several collaborations including one with composer Gemma Storr, as part of ‘Out of Place 2017’, which will be performed at the Actors Church, Convent Garden on July 3rd 2017.

She is EDF Energy’s Women’s Network Poet in Residence.

Samantha has created and run bespoke training sessions and workshops over 25 years.  She brings that depth and breadth of experience to every poetry workshop.

Previous workshop attendees have said…

‘I now realise poetry is possible for me’

Loads of fun…thanks for a lovely workshop. I really enjoyed it…Great facilitation’

‘Created lots of safe space and lots of good laughter’



What can you expect?

All our retreats include

Comfortable accommodation, workshops as advertised,

Three home cooked meals, snacks throughout the day and drinks including wine at dinner. We also provide endless fruit, coffee, tea, mineral water, biscuits and home made cakes.

As all our groups are small, we try to tailor make each retreat to our individual guests.

Autumn Retreat

November 14th-17th 2017

A three days Writing Retreat in rural Herefordshire.

Come and immerse yourself in your work from Tuesday to Friday in this wonderful 14th Century House in Weobley.

This will be the perfect retreat for those wishing to get away from the interruptions of everyday life, and get on with their writing.

Moira and Jane will take care of the cooking and housekeeping, leaving you free to write and relax in this fabulous old house.  Snuggle up and write by one of the four wood burners. Use the huge dining room table or find a quiet nook, knowing that there’s nothing to distract you.

The Throne is a half-timbered house situated in the picturesque, ‘black and white’ Herefordshire village of Weobley, near Hay-on-Wye.

There are six lovely bedrooms, one on the ground floor with an ensuite, and several modern bath and shower rooms. There’s even a secret Narnia cupboard…

Samantha Pearse, poet and stand-up comedian, will be joining us on Wednesday. She runs thought provoking workshops for all abilities, from experienced writers, to women’s institutes and corporate businesses as well as performance events.

Her afternoon workshop will encourage prose writers look at their work in a fresh way that makes every word count.

Contact us by phone or email to reserve your place.