The Prophets of Rock and Wave
Date: 14th — 16th November 2014
Location: Dartmoor, Devon, England
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For the third year, we’re offering this popular writing and wilderness retreat, on the wilds of Dartmoor.
Whilst promising the Earth, civilisation divorces us from it. But the stories our civilisation tells about itself are now unravelling. The intensity of that unravelling propels us into even greater disconnection from the wild. The Dark Mountain Project and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story are collaborating for this unique writing, myth-making and wilderness workshop in the winter of 2014. It will pose a simple question: can we stand outside the wires and lights of modern living and, however briefly, re-forge a visceral engagement with the intelligence of the wild? Can we look at the human story, as it were, from outside?
Over a weekend spent in remote farm buildings, around fires and on the moors, we will explore what it means to un-civilise our writing and our selves. We will seek the place beyond the solitary intellect, where rather than dreaming we get dreamt. We will look to the creation of stories, poems, narratives and worldviews that are startling in their freshness, by walking beyond the usual dustbowls of the civilised world. Weather patterns, stone circles and deep pools of water will serve as teachers. Bring your dancing shoes. And waterproofs.
The course is led by Martin Shaw, Director of the Westcountry School of Myth and Story, and Paul Kingsnorth, Director of the Dark Mountain project. The weekend will combine writing workshops and exercises with moorland walks and fireside explorations. It will be active, outdoors and full of surprises. There will be no wifi connection or urban comforts.
The cost for the weekend is £200, including breakfast, evening meals and board. Numbers are limited to 25. No experience necessary – just enthusiasm. To reserve your place or find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For Issue 6 and the fifth anniversary edition of our Manifesto
Date: Wednesday, 3rd December 2014
Location: Free Word Centre, London
As Dark Mountain turns five years old, you are invited to join us for the launch of our sixth book, ‘The Rising of the Waters’ – and the launch of a new edition of the manifesto that got the whole thing started. From that first call for ‘uncivilised’ writing and art, the project has grown into a cultural movement which the New York Times recently described as ‘changing the environmental conversation in Britain and the rest of Europe’. At its heart are the Dark Mountain books, beautiful biannual hardback collections of stories and essays, poems, conversations and images. The latest issue brings you drowned cities and dragon-summoners, the future of farming and the mythworld of an Amazonian tribe, new visions arising from the wreckage of the old.
Featuring readings from contributors, acoustic music from Evi Vine and an introduction by Dark Mountain co-founder Dougald Hine.
The event is free, but you will need to book a place through the Free Word website:
Scaling the Dark Mountain – writing rooted in time & place
a Dark Mountain writing workshop
Date: Saturday, 13th December 2014
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Location: Oriel Wrecsam, Wales
Writing new stories for the age of endings. ‘When the cities lie at the monster’s feet, there are left the mountains.’
The latest issue of Dark Mountain will be our springboard into the imagination. No writing experience is necessary – just bring an open, inquisitive mind and a sense of adventure. These sessions are perfect for engaging with your creativity, either as a seasoned writer, a curious beginner, or for people working in other artforms interested in trying something new.
This workshop is part of a series of divergent creative workshops commissioned by Oriel Wrecsam and supported by Arts Council Wales. They will run on the second Saturday of each month at Oriel Wrecsam, from1pm – 3pm, starting on 11th October. Contact Sophie for more details: e: email@example.com. t: 01978 363264