17 September 2012 - 26 April
The mentored Fielding Programme runs September to April each year. If you have a project you want to develop with support from another writer you can book in for one week or more. For information on Cove Park’s un-mentored Fielding Retreats please click here or on the menu link to the left.
In Autumn 2012 we have set aside two weeks from September 17 especially for writers, but you can come at any time that suits you subject to availability.
A Fielding Week with us will give you valuable space and time to work, as well as some intensive mentoring support and the company of other artists. It can help you get past a block or make progress with a specific aspect of your writing.
If you have a larger project, a longer stay is essential as this enables you to settle into your surroundings and take full advantage of all the support that is on offer. There is time to explore new directions and bring a piece of work to a close.
We can also support projects which span two residential periods. Get in touch with us to discuss what you are working on and how long you think you might need and take a Site Tour to get a closer look at our accommodation and surroundings.
The Fielding Programme also has its own website where you can find out news about former residents. To see this click here, or on the menu link to the left.
Your mentor for the Programme is Polly Clark. Polly Clark is a poet and short story writer. Her poetry was short listed for the TS Eliot Prize in 2005, won an Eric Gregory Award in 1997, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and widely published in periodicals and newspapers, including the London Review of Books, The Independent, Poetry Review and Poetry London.
Polly’s third collection of poetry Farewell My Lovely was published by Bloodaxe in 2009. Her first collection Kiss was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and her second Take Me With You a Poetry Book Society Choice. Polly’s short stories are published in the Comma Press anthologies Hyphen and Ellipsis. She produces the Literature Programme for Cove Park. Polly has tutored for the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Edinburgh University as well as for the Arvon Foundation and the Poetry School, and has also led workshops extensively in universities and schools. She focuses on one-to-one mentoring, believing this is the best way to help another writer make progress. You can find out more about Polly on her website www.pollyclark.co.uk.
Fielding Mentored costs £450 for one week, which is a full seven-night stay, and includes two hour-long meetings with your mentor and reading of your work before and during your stay. For longer stays, we offer a discount of 10% on this weekly fee.