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The Founding of Arvon: A Memoir of the Early Years of the Arvon Foundation [Hardcover]

John Moat

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1 April 2006
The Arvon Foundation is a charity running residential writing courses at centres across England. In an informal, creative atmosphere, novice writers have the opportunity to be mentored by experienced, published authors. In this lively memoir, John Moat recalls, how in 1968, he and John Fairfax created Arvon as a reaction against what they saw as a staid, dogmatic approach to teaching poetry. The infectious energy and idealism of those early days led to the rapid spread of their ideas and the establishment of the courses into a self-sustaining, funded enterprise.

Today, the Arvon Foundation is one of the country's most famous and prestigious creative writing organizations. The extensive list of authors who have taught at Arvon courses reads like a comprehensive 'who's who' of contemporary British literature and includes such diverse names as Zadie Smith, Ian McEwan, Andrew Motion, Arnold Wesker, Ted Hughes, Ali Smith, Ian Rankin and Will Self. This is an inspiring story about creativity, imagination and self-discovery.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1st edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711225885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711225886
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.4 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,727,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... eccentric, funny, affectionate story: a story of friendship, passion and commitment to the ideals of 'militantly non exclusive' creative education (Times Educational Supplement)

This is a book written from the heart: an affectionate and nostalgic memoir (Literary Review)

great humour, a sense of poetry and a feel for what is significant (Arvon Newsletter)

About the Author

John Moat has taught creative writing to people of all ages, from university graduates to primary school children. In addition to founding Arvon, in 1998 he founded Tandem, a teachers and artists alliance. He has been a broadcaster, a founder trustee of the Yarner Trust (concerned with training for organic freeholding), a former director of the Environmental Research Association and the founder of the Extension Trust, a small frontline arts and education charity. For more than 20 years he has written a column for the leading international alternative magazine, Resurgence. He is also an accomplished artist and illustrator. He lives in North Devon.

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