Yesterday I gave a workshop for Touchstones Creative Writing Group but rather foolishly forgot to take my usual photograph of the board! This blog post reflects on the session and there are a few creative writing exercises provided that you may wish to try. Alliteration, Assonance, Onomatopoeia I ran an alliterative icebreaker: “my name is Jennie, I like to … More Sound: Putting noise into words – writing exercises
We had to set out two tables for the last session as a large number of young people turned up. Hooray! This session revolved around creating a “new country” or working on a place that the young people loved in order to “map” a new land which they named Library Land (immediate consensus around this … More Read and Feed: Last day & celebration
Text to accompany poster for IALE UK 2016 conference. … More Does everywhere have stories? Does everywhere have “character”?
“JennieJennieJennie! We wrote a story together! Look!” I’d just bundled myself through the library’s doors when three lads grabbed me to show me their creation entitled Spy Boy: Once there was a family with a dad, mum, brother, sister and baby boy. One day, the mum asked the brother to go to the shed to get … More Read and Feed: “Don’t call me Miss…”
The Trussell Trust, a network that runs over 400 foodbanks, helps to support some of the poorest people in the UK who depend on these resources. According to the Trust, between April 2015 and May 2016, there were 160,048 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis in the north west of England. Using statistics from the 2011 UK Census, the Rochdale … More Read and Feed: reading, writing, social justice, & sandwiches.
On Tuesday I travelled to the University of York for the Arts and Humanities Research Council‘s first Common Ground Event. As you will see from the link, it was an exceptionally ambitious and dynamic programme, which could have been spread across a Glastonbury Festival‘s worth of days (but without the mud, dubious dancing, and Coldplay). While … More “A common treasury for all”: reflections on the AHRC Common Ground Event