Mike Batt, Composer

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Our all-inclusive courses have received high praise over the years from the scores of participants whose imaginative vision has been coaxed and nourished by French House Party’s professional tutors – all outstanding artists in their fields of writing, music and the arts.

We can also provide facilities and features of FHP if your group wishes to bring its own tutor along, rather than using ours. For example Visual Arts, Books, Digital Movie-Making, Mix-Media or Professional Audio. Simply contact us to discuss available dates and your requirements.

Our well-established and popular in-house arts courses are Creative Writing run by the published poet and much-praised writing coach Anne Caldwell and a summer Song Writing workshop tutored by British songwriting legend Mike Batt.

Song Writing

Mike Batt, ComposerOur renowned songwriting course is back from 2022, and then some! Aspiring songwriters will be delighted to learn that Mike Batt is bringing his substantial genius to French House Party Carcassonne for this unique 4-day residential songwriting course.

Mike is one of the UK’s best-known and respected songwriter/producer/artists. His multitude of hits include ‘Bright Eyes’ – No. 1 in six countries for Art Garfunkel, ‘A Winter’s Tale’ – No. 2 for David Essex, ‘Caravan’ for Barbara Dickson, and ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ and ‘The Closest Thing To Crazy’ for Katie Melua, whom he ‘discovered’ and managed for 10 years, selling 11 million records on his own label.

A rare and exclusive opportunity to spend four days at the French House Party learning songwriting, composition and lyrical techniques from a true icon of the industry.

The course also includes a supper concert with Mike in the garden.

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Creative Writing

Our all-new 7 day Creative Writing course, “Inspiration and Space to Write” is a tutored course suitable for both beginners or experienced writers.

Anne CaldwellThe course is led by Dr. Anne Caldwell, a published author, freelance writer, editor, poet, lecturer and writing tutor. Anne is a highly experienced tutor and workshop facilitator across all writing genres, and is sure to bring new ideas and techniques to kick-start your imagination, whether writing from scratch or polishing up works of writing you have started.

Punctuate your writing time with relaxation in the grounds, play tennis or petanque or find inspiration in walking or cycling along the nearby Canal du Midi.

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