The Whitby Poetry Week

Sunday 8 December — Friday 13 December, 2013

Sneaton Castle, Whitby, North Yorkshire [map]

Sneaton Castle, Whitby


A highly-structured, demanding but enjoyable week with ‘the best poetry tutors in the world’ (The Guardian).  With the bonus of time to spend on the east coast. 

Mornings will be devoted to exciting, tailor-made exercises based on classic and contemporary poems.  Afternoons will include small group work and writing time/free time in Whitby.  We will brave the 199 steps, the piers, the bookshops, the Abbey by night and there will be time for you to try ‘the best fish and chips in the world’ (Whitby Gazette).

Evenings will include the Poetry Business’s celebrated  ‘World Poetry Festival’: where each course member will give a ten minute reading ‘as’ a 20th Century poet of their choice. Also the Poetry Business’s celebrated ‘Secret Poem’ game, with truly amazing prizes.

The week will involve a little (enjoyable) pre-course work, and depends upon the willingness to share your own writing and collude in the study of favourite poets. 

(Re)reading Dracula before you arrive is optional.



Places are £500 or £600 each. The higher rate gets you a 4* ensuite double room with hospitality tray. For £500, you get a standard room (with 4* hostel rating) that includes an in-room wash-basin and bathroom on the corridor.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for all writers. There is a set menu but special diets can be provided for.


Apply for a place

Places are by application only. To apply, email three poems to before midnight on 1 November 2013.

Final payment of the fees will be due by 15 November 2013.

Contact us if you have any queries about the course or application process.


Sneaton Castle, Whitby

Whitby AbbeyThe course will be held at Sneaton Castle in Whitby (YO21 3QN). The centre is situated in beautiful and extensive grounds adjacent to St Hilda's Priory, and within walking distance of the beautiful historic seaside town of Whitby.

If you’re coming by road: Join the A19 and (from the North) leave it at Middlesbrough and take the A171 for Whitby. From the South, leave the A19 at York and take A64 to Malton, then A169 through Pickering to Whitby. In Whitby, follow signs for Sandsend, leaving A171 and joining B1460 to Sneaton Castle. Do not go to Sneaton Village!

There is also a train station in the town centre, next-door to a bus station where National Express coaches stop. An 'Arriva' bus service runs from this bus station every 20 minutes to Castle Road. 


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