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July 2016 – Workshops – Kings Theatre

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



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September 2016 – Workshops – Kings Theatre

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

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Finding the Words

May – July 2016

A pilot poetry project for people living with dementia, based at Newman Court Resource Centre in Basingstoke.


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.

Group Poem


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June 2014 – Workshop – Portsmouth


A workshop facilitated by Maggie Sawkins in partnership with the Good Mental Health Co-op.

The act of transforming thoughts and feelings into the written word is a surprisingly powerful way of assimilating and learning from past experience. This workshop will encourage participants to explore and express difficult thoughts and feelings through the medium of letter writing. Therapeutic letters are not necessarily letters that need to be sent; feelings can be released by tearing up the letter at a later date. Therapeutic writing can help us recuperate and claim lost parts of ourselves and can lead us to a place of understanding. This workshop is for those interested in personal, and professional, development and will provide participants with transferable skills.
Standard cost: £87 per place
EARLY BIRD OFFER – Save £10 if you book before Friday 2 May
All courses start at 9:30am and finish at 4:30pm, and are held at the Oasis Wellness Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Hampshire, PO6 3LY.

For further information visit:   http://goodmentalhealth.org.uk/

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August – Workshops – Gosport

Wednesdays 21 and 28 August

Give, Gain and Grow, RNA Club, Fareham Road, Gosport

2 creative writing workshops to generate poems for an exhibition on Phobias.

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April 2013 – Poetry Lido – The Kings Theatre, Southsea


The Irving Room, The Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea

Poetry Lido Summer Term begins on Saturday 13 April and continues for the following Saturdays: 20 April; 11 & 25 May; 8 June

2.00 – 4.30pm

£50 for 5 sessions

£12.50 for individual sessions

£10 for one taster session.

12 places only.

Contact me for details/to reserve a place.

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January 2013 – Poetry Lido – Art Stop Cafe


Term Two

Venue: Art Stop Cafe, Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, Portsmouth

Saturdays 3 – 5.30pm

12, 19 January

9 February

23 February (with guest tutor, Mike Loveday, who will be exploring the Prose Poem)

9 March

Twelve places*

£50 for five sessions.

*Two places left.

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September 2012 – Poetry Lido – The Art Stop Cafe

The new term of Poetry Lido will take place on Saturdays at The Art Stop Cafe, Bransbury Park, Eastney.

Dates: 29 September, 13 & 20 October, 10 & 24 November.

There will be an opportunity for participants to read at a Poetry and Music Evening on Friday 7 December.

3.00 – 5.30pm

5 sessions – £50 payable in advance

Cheques payable to: Tongues&Grooves in the Community, c/o 28 Chelsea Road, Southsea, Hants PO5 1NJ

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September 2012 onwards – Writing for your Life – Central Library

Writing for your Life is a rolling programme of workshops which aims to assist those in recovery from substance misuse.

Mondays 17th and 24th September, 8th and 15th October 2012

1 – 3.30pm, Third Floor, Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

New programme begins on 17th September.

They are run in partnership with PUSHing for Change and sponsored by Tongues & Grooves in the Community.

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August 2012 – Poetry Lido Summer School – Eastney Community Centre

These two themed workshops are for beginner and intermediate writers. It costs £12 per session or £20 for two.

The workshops will be help on the 4th and the 11th August 2012 from 2.30 – 5.30pm in the Art Stop Café, Eastney Community Centre, Bransbury Park, Eastney, Portsmouth.


This workshop is held in partnership with Tongues & Grooves in the Community.




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