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Two and a half hours spent listening, learning, thinking, writing, walking, talking, feeling, being and drinking tea. This sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Yes, this is my kinda  afternoon and it’s the way I’ll spend this coming Saturday 29th July.

My pal and writing colleague, Jennifer C Wilson LOVES attending creative writing workshops. She also happens to be very good at running them. This Saturday she’s running a two and a half hour workshop called Park and Write in the Community Pavilion in Wallsend’s Richardson Dees Park.

The afternoon will be filled with writing prompts, a talk by one of the park wardens, an inspirational stroll around Wallsend’s Parks (did you know there are not one but three?!) plus time for writing and sharing. All this for a tenner. You joining us or what?! Please book online.

I’m listed on the workshop’s publicity as joint workshop facilitator but the truth is I’m Jennifer’s not so glamorous assistant. She’s in the driving seat and I’m there for the ride because I thoroughly enjoy her workshops. Come and join us on Saturday.

 

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I’m involved in two writing workshops in the next week. This coming Saturday 3rd December I’m helping out at Jennifer C Wilson’s afternoon workshop in Whitley Bay library. It’s called Ekphrasis: Finding Words in Pictures. The Greeks used ekphrasis to describe writing about art. The aim was to make the reader imagine the work of art as if it were physically present.

adieu-ammenotep-1960 Jennifer has taken the word as a springboard for Saturday’s workshop. Come and find inspiration from paintings, sculpture and other artworks. Jennifer will guide you through a number of exercises and there’ll be chances for feedback throughout the afternoon.

Ekphrasis workshop: Finding Words in Pictures. Saturday 3rd December Whitley Bay library 1.30pm to 4pm Cost: £20. Book your place online

elizabthI’m running my final creative writing workshop of the year next Tuesday 6th December in Happy Planet’s shop on Ilfracombe Gardens in Whitley Bay.  It’s called Words of Comfort (Food.) Do you have a treasured family recipe book or do you keep favourite recipes in your head? Isn’t it time to record them for posterity? Join me next Tuesday as I share the recipe for successful food writing and help you to start compiling your very own recipe book. All attendees to bring along at least three favourite recipes.

Words of Comfort (Food) Tues 6th December, 7pm – 9pm at the Happy Planet Studio & Gallery, Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, complete with tuition and seasonal refreshments for £20. Booking is essential, so please secure your place with a deposit of £10 by clicking here.

 

My earliest poetic loves are what I now know to be comic and so-called nonsense verse. Examples include Edward Lear, Spike Milligan, most nursery rhymes plus Pam Ayres, Stevie Smith and Ivor Cutler.

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I say “so-called nonsense verse” because I now know these poems give the reader (and listener) much more than a wry smile. I believe comic and nonsense poetry makes social comments and political statements, helps heal broken hearts and soothes grieving souls.

I’m itching to give you examples of other poets but I’m saving myself for Tuesday night when I’m running a creative writing workshop in Whitley Bay.

The workshop is called Talking Nonsense: in praise of of comic and nonsense poetry. The two hour workshop will look at comic and nonsense version and I’ll be inviting participants to have a go at writing their own verse.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 11th October 7pm – 9pm at the Happy Planet Studio & Gallery,  Ilfracombe Gardens, Whitley Bay, complete with tuition and refreshments for £20. Booking is essential, so please secure your place with a deposit of £10 here online.

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Just back from The 2016 York National Book Fair which was held at the city’s racecourse. It’s the largest out of print and antiquarian book fair in the UK with dealers from around Britain, Europe and North America exhibiting their stock.

I picked up an impressive catalogue produced by one of the American dealers and it fell open at a double page devoted to an association copy of The King’s Henchman by Edna St Vincent Millay. The association? Why the book originally belonged to Aurelia Schober who late married Otto Plath and gave birth to daughter Sylvia. Yes, that Sylvia.

The book bears both Aurelia and Sylvia’s names, Sylvia’s “ex-libris” book plate and annotations by Aurelia after her daughter’s death. The bookseller’s catalogue description is well-written and the book’s price tag nudges close to ten thousand dollars.

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Sylvia Plath has left an emotional as well as a literary legacy and as a result any book, letter or manuscript is seen as desirable by collectors. I’d argue that Aurelia helped to generate the market in her daughter’s work by editing and publishing Sylvia’s letters to her back in the 1970s.

Plath was an early influence on my work and I treasure a pristine first edition copy of Ariel I was given by the late great bookseller Nigel Williams when I worked for him in his central London bookshop back in the mid 1990s.

The young Sylvia longed for recognition as a writer and in the early days of her relationship with Ted Hughes, she described them as working together as a creative team. She wrote to her mother from Cambridge in 1956:

” We want to work and work. Success will never spoil either of us. We are not dependent on the social arty world but scorn it, for those who are drinking and calling themselves ‘writers’ at parties should be home writing and writing. Every day one has to earn the name of ‘writer’ over and over again with much wrestling…”

These 60 year old words are true and I have them typed and displayed in my office. I know the meaning of “much wrestling” and that is why I offer monthly creative writing workshops and one to one mentoring. I want to help folk with their creative wrestling.  I hope this is another example of Plath’s legacy

 

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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/thenextpage

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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 http://www.happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk/p/blog-page_28.html

Fancy trying something new? Then come and try a creative workshop.

Happy Planet Creative Arts CIC has just published its new programme of creative workshops running from August to December 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.

Gail’s workshops start in August and mine will run one a month on Tuesday evenings from October to December.

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.

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http://www.happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk/p/blog-page_28.html

A week today on Saturday 16th July  I’ll be co-running my first ever workshop with friend and fellow coast-based writer, Jennifer C Wilson.

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The all day workshop is called Finding the Words and it will explore the Big Question all writers face: er, like, how do you start getting ideas onto a page?

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Finding the Words is an all day event consisting of two workshops: Scavenger Hunt in the morning and Found Poetry in the afternoon.

Finding the Words starts at 10am with a Scavenger Hunt around Whitley Bay’s second hand and charity shops. The session ends at 1pm.

After lunch from 1.30pm to 4.30pm Jennifer and I will take attendees on an exploration of Found Poetry in the library.

Both morning and afternoon sessions will include writing exercises, guidance, group feedback sessions and if possible, one to one advice.

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For more information and booking visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/thenextpage

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I’m starting to offer creative workshops and run events under the name of The Next Page. On July 16th local writer Jennifer C Wilson and myself will host Finding the Words, an all day creative writing workshop in Whitley Bay.

The day consists of two workshops: Scavenger Hunt in the morning and Found Poetry in the afternoon.

Finding the Words starts at 10am with a Scavenger Hunt around Whitley Bay’s second hand and charity shops. The session ends at 1pm.

After lunch from 1.30pm to 4.30pm we’ll take attendees on a Found Poetry exploration in the library.

Both morning and afternoon sessions will include writing exercises, guidance, group feedback sessions and if possible, one to one advice.

Folk can book morning or afternoon or both sessions as they wish. Book online https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/thenextpage and visit us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheNextPage-1679442625629325/

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I’m offering a range of creative writing workshops in Whitley Bay in the coming months.

First up is a Haiku workshop on Tuesday 12th April from 7pm to 9pm.Haiku is a very short poetic form which originated in Japan and became popular in Britain and North America in the early 20th century. The form’s enduring appeal rests on the capturing the essence of a moment (usually involving nature) in a three line poem. Come and learn about Haiku and have a go at writing a few of your own.

Then we have….

Talking Nonsense: in praise of comic and nonsense poetry. Do you have a secret love of Edward Lear, Ogden Nash and Pam Ayres? Come out of the poetic closet and share your love in a supportive environment! I will share my love of comic and so-called nonsense poetry and invite participants to have a go at writing their own verse. It will take place on Tuesday 10th May from 7pm to 9pm.

Do you enjoy travel writing? Have you ever wanted to write down your travelling experiences? On Tuesday 7th June from 7pm to 9pm  I will run a writing workshop called Journeys of the Mind. Do you love travelling? Join me on a voyage of discovery. Come and explore classic travel writers and have a go at writing your own experiences abroad as well as closer to home.

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Words of Comfort (Food). Recipes and reminiscences workshop. Do you have a treasured family recipe book or do you keep favourite recipes in your head? Isn’t it time to record them for posterity? Join me as I share the recipe for successful food writing and help to start compiling your very own recipe book. All attendees to bring along at least three favourite recipes. Tues 5th July, 7pm – 9pm

All workshops take place on Tuesday evenings in Boo  Boo & Ted, 264 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2TG. All workshops cost £15 (tuition and refreshments). Advance booking is essential and £5 deposit secures your place. Visit Boo Boo and Ted and talk to Happy Planet’s Gail Curry  or check out the website www.happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk

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It was Death at Dawn’s final performance on Wednesday 2nd March and as I walked home in the sleety rain I wondered what on earth to do with myself. The promotion of that wonderful play’s revival has been a major part of my life for the past six months. I loved every minute of my involvement in the project and look forward to seeing the talented cast perform in the future.

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The following morning saw me prepping for that evening’s workshop, Writing the Unwritten at Happy Planet HQ in Whitley Bay. Prepping for and running the workshop was the perfect tonic for post performance blues. I enjoyed coaxing creativity out of the attendees with visual prompts including photos, books and postcards.

My next workshop is a Haiku workshop on Tuesday 12th April from 7pm to 9pm.Visit Happy Planet website or email gail@happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk for more information.

Future workshops include Talking Nonsense: in praise of comic and nonsense poetry. Do you have a secret love of Edward Lear, Ogden Nash and Pam Ayres? Come out of the poetic closet and share your love in a supportive environment! I will share my love of comic and so-called nonsense poetry and invite participants to have a go at writing their own verse. It will take place on Tuesday 10th May from 7pm to 9pm. Email Gail Curry for more info gail@happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk

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Do you love travelling? Do you enjoy travel writing? Have you ever wanted to write down your travelling experiences? On Tuesday 7th June from 7pm to 9pm  I will run a writing workshop called Journeys of the Mind. Join me on a voyage of discovery. Come and explore classic travel writers and have a go at writing your own experiences abroad as well as closer to home. Ask Gail for more information.

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