Next creative writing session for Touchstones

Blurb for the next writing session for Touchstones Creative Writing Group. Re-telling Tales using Local Folklore and Fairy Stories Do you know the popular local legend that a ghost rabbit haunts Saint-Mary’s-in-the-Baum? Even if you do, could you tell the story from the rabbit’s eye level, explore its rabbit-y desires?! Or perhaps you could write … More Next creative writing session for Touchstones

Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)

I have written a brief summary of last night’s event organised by KYP, however, because I can’t quite work out how to reblog it verbatim, here’s the link to Touchstones Creative Writing Group’s website* where I’ve just republished our poem: Earnshaw & Bailey debut new poem commissioned by KYP. I enjoyed this whirlwind process, getting back to … More Poetry Collaboration – ‘A Woman’s War’ (link to the poem)

Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women

After the last blog post on research and ‘rapid response’ poetry writing for KYP Amibition for Ageing Rochdale, I thought I’d offer a short follow-up. The poem has a name – ‘A woman’s war’ and we have more or less completed it. This email has mostly been composed over email after the snow, and mega inclement … More Poetry collaboration – writing WW1 Rochdale women

Polyphony, listening, legacy #NAWE30

Some final thoughts on the 30th anniversary National Association of Writers in Education Conference. Followed by a train journey of semi-doom where not only did the train break down, but also my cheap-as-about-fifty-portions-of-chips Hudl tablet crashed somewhere around Huddersfield (Hudlsfailed?! Sorry sorry sorry). ‘Polyphonic Place: Putting Sound Into Words’ and ‘Loving Your Legacy: A Poetry … More Polyphony, listening, legacy #NAWE30

Finding ‘the Blue Pots wayther too sthrong’ #RochdaleStoryTrail

Oh the water – or the way-ter – and the warther.  In ‘James Leach’, a dialect sketch by John Trafford Clegg set in Wardle, Robin, a ‘gawmless-lookin young chap’, accidentally pours a bucket of dirty water over himself.  One woman worries that he’ll be ‘kilt’, but someone else jokes that Robin has ‘fund t’Blue Pots wayther … More Finding ‘the Blue Pots wayther too sthrong’ #RochdaleStoryTrail