Archives for the month of: August, 2016

When inspiration comes knocking…open the door! Sounds like obvious advice but how many times have you walked away from creative inspiration?

I couldn’t ignore New Zealand poet Janis Freegard when she attended one of our Poetry with Friends sessions at Whitley Bay library earlier this month.

Janis contributed to The Iron Book of New Humorous Verse published by IRON Press in 2010. Janis contacted the book’s editor, Eileen Jones to say she’d be visiting the North East this summer and could Eileen help her connect with local poets.

Eileen put Janis in touch with Harry Gallagher and secured a spot at his monthly Stanza event at Beldons in North Shields. I suggested that Janis might enjoy a Poetry with Friends session. Janis came with her partner, Peter and with Eileen.

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I found the session inspirational. We talked about Maori history, the commonwealth, Bob Marley and cheesemaking in Siberia. We shared poems by William Blake, W.H Davies and Emily Bronte. Several of us read our own work: Gail, Janis, Eileen, Peter, Joyce, oh and me.

Thanks to Janis (and Peter and Eileen and the Poetry with Friends gang) for an inspirational session in Whitley Bay library.

If you’re looking for creative inspiration there are still places for one to one mentoring with me at Whitley Bay library this coming Saturday Saeptember 3rd. For more info and booking visit

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Summer’s here but I’ve been busy putting the final touches to my autumn/winter 2016 programme of workshops and one to one creative writing mentoring sessions. It’s a bit complicated in the sense I’m running events via two organisations but let me explain…

I run workshops and offer one to one creative mentoring under the name  The Next Page and run workshops  on behalf of Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC.

 The Next Page is the arts organisation I run with local writer Jennifer C Wilson. We organise workshops, run Pure Fiction with Sandy Chadwin and I offer one to one creative writing mentoring sessions. These hour long sessions in Whitley Bay are set to run on the first Saturday of each month. There are spaces left for Saturday 3rd September.

Book a session with me and I promise I’ll boost your confidence as well give you honest advice and feedback. Please visit


Onto my work with Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC and we’re running a programme of creative workshops running through to December 2016 at the Old Low Lights Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay. Artist Gail Curry will run workshops on mixed media art journaling, needle felting and more. I’m in charge of the creative writing ones.

I’m running Talking Nonsense: In Praise of Comic and Nonsense Poetry on Tuesday 11th October, travel writing workshop Journeys of the Mind on Tuesday 8th November and finally Words of Comfort (Food), a workshop containing the recipe for successful food writing on Tuesday 6th December. Visit

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