Category Archives: Workshops
Thursday 24 May 2018
1pm – 3.30pm
St Luke’s Church, Greetham Street, Portsmouth PO5 4LH
12 places | £5
Booking information: Hampshire Festival of the Mind
This workshop will introduce you to a range of ways of writing in a journal. You will have the opportunity to experiment with several techniques that can be used for self-guidance and expanded creativity. If you wish, these may be used as a springboard for further writing.
I’m running a free Poetry Workshop at Portsmouth Central Library on Saturday 24 March 10.30 – 1.30 pm.
A Poem to Remember is a national initiative launched by Prince William, encouraging people to write poems of hope over adversity to mark the end of the First World War.
In collaboration with BBC Get Creative and the Poetry Society.
Advance tickets available here:
Creative Writing Workshops at Cranstoun Community Drug Action, Portsmouth
‘The facilitator provided a hugely diverse range of resources and exercises which reflected the different needs and abilities of group members. Many of our service users have difficulty in getting in touch with and communication their feelings. Creative writing seemed to offer safe and/or new ways for them to explore hidden feelings/places inside and express them safely.
In addition, everyone who took part in the group was able to produce work even from early on which I’m sure was due to the way the facilitator Maggie was able to inspire and motivate people. This inevitably led to people’s self-esteem being raised.
Overall, the group was a resounding success with lots of positive feedback from group participants. The group feel so confident about their experience and the work they’ve produced that they have asked to arrange themselves a presentation of their work.
The group complemented the programme Cranstoun offers well as it offered people different (and perhaps more creative) therapeutic tools which they could use to address some of their issues around substance misuse. In this sense I’d say the group was therapeutic without being therapy. As we already offer a lot of therapy at Cranstoun, this worked harmoniously with or programme.’
4 week creative writing course
Saturday 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th of July, 1 til 4 pm
Adults only (Open to all abilities)
Book via Box Office
Saturdays 17 & 24 September 2016
1 – 4.30pm
The Irving Room, Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea
Ferry Tales Creative Writing Workshops
Free (booking essential)
Ferry Tales is a community-based project which links the Isle of Wight to mainland ports, through the inter-connection of verbal, aural and visual arts. Poets, Robyn Bolam and Lydia Fulleylove and singer-songwriters, Paul Armfield and Dom Prag will involve groups – from ferry travellers to the socially and physically isolated – in making songs and poems exploring significant arrivals and departures in their lives, using commissioned photographs by Mark Lanigan. These, with writings and a soundtrack, will be showcased in exhibitions and events at a mainland port and on the Island. Lydia, guest poet, Maggie Sawkins, Robyn and Dom will also run workshops at several venues, mainland and Island.
Source: About the project
May – July 2016
A pilot poetry project for people living with dementia, based at Newman Court Resource Centre in Basingstoke.
PEOPLE LIKE US
People like us we didn’t go abroad.
We went to the beach on a charabanc.
There were so many people you had to fight for space.
We sat with our clothes on. Chocker block.
They didn’t have tights in those days.
The deckchairs used to end up upside down.
Two bob for an hour. All day for a pound.
We used to buy a Mr Whippy in a wafer.
We were easily pleased.
My mum knitted me a two piece
and when I went for a swim —
the weight of the water made it drop!
You could hear the mums and dads shouting:
‘Don’t kick the sand over there!’
What pleasure was it really?
It was a big event to go down to the sea.