Join a small group of like-minded people for a week of creativity and calm in the beautiful unspoilt rural village of Çıralı, on the Southern Turkish coast. Swim in transparent turquoise waters at Çıralı’s 3km beach, a protected nesting site for the Loggerhead Sea turtle, snorkel among ancient underwater ruins, take a boat trip or hike to secluded coves. Expand your culinary skills with classes in Turkish cuisine, given by a local chef using local produce, and/or explore your imagination with a creative writing course, inspired by visits to the mythical sites of Chimera, with its eternal flames, or the ancient cities of Olympos and Phaselis, and writing in situ.
Single or double accommodation in a pension two minutes from the beach, with delicious inexpensive traditional Turkish meals.
A one-week workshop, maximum 8 participants.
Dates and prices TBA: more information as the Covid situation evolves.
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Who are we ?
Vivienne Vermes is an actress and writer. She has published five collections of poetry and a novel, The Barefoot Road and run creative writing courses Writing with the Gods and Goddesses at Wice (American University of Paris) and in the universities of Sibiu and Brasov, Romania.
Caroline Sidi is a multicultural world-travelled tour director, passionate about nature, culture and food. With great serendipity she was locked down in Turkey at the start of the COVID pandemic, and never left. Having travelled all over the country, she would now like to share some of the hidden beauty and cultural richness of this little-known paradise.
EVENTS — Past, present and future
The events listed are poetry readings, book launches, and my creative writing groups and courses.
Twelve poets take part, each performing their version of a book of Virgil’s epic poem. Poet/performer of Dido’s fate, Book 1V: https://youtu.be/I6XNrMG_7-8
Course leader of Paris Lit Up’s online creative writing workshop.
The Paris Writers’ Group’s recordings of their collective work during the Covid 19 lockdown. https://soundcloud.com/user-742328556/seventeen-and-a-half-minutes
Vivienne reads excerpts from her debut novel.
The Paris Writers’ Group reads from their collective work.
Award for best poem. Reading.
Guest poet: music and poetry recital with the company Lire Autrement and the SNCF Orchestra.
Creative writing course leader.
Presenter/contributor: the Babel Writers’ Group read from their collective work.
Guest author and creative writing course leader.
French poet Anne Mounic and Vivienne read from their second bilingual poetry and prose collection.
French poet Anne Mounic and Vivienne read from their collaborative bilingual work.
Guest poet at international poetry festival.
Guest poet at International Poetry Festival. http://www.casadellapoesia.org/eventi/festival/il-cammino-delle-comete-2002-pistoia/programma
Grajska Planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana. 20h Guest poet.
Co-winner, awards ceremony with John Mortimer QC and Fay Weldon.
Creative writing course co-leader, with Adrian Mathews.