I am pleased to announce that the next creative retreat at the Morritt Arms will be Wednesday 12th March 2014.
This retreat is for both writers and artists who wish to work on an individual project in the company of other creative practitioners.
As per previous retreats, the day will start at 9.30a.m. and finish at 3.30p.m. You will be invited to share your aims at the start of the day and reflect on what you have achieved at the end of the day.
The day is divided into three working sessions which are interspersed with refreshment and lunch breaks. These are the ideal opportunity for networking, sharing creative tips and ideas etc.
You can also take advantage of a mini-coaching session if you wish to sound out ideas for either personal or professional development. Previous participants have explored: editing work, putting together a poetry collection, storyboarding picture books, setting up an online platform and identifying next steps.
Places cost £40 per person, inclusive of lunch and refreshments and must be booked by 24th January 2014.
Booking forms are available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Morritt Arms is at Greta Bridge, near Barnard Castle, DL12 9SE and is easily accessible from the A66.
Accommodation can be arranged separately by contacting the Morritt on 01833 627232/863100.
On Wednesday a new arts exhibition is opening at the Witham Hall. The Witham is a new venue for community and cultural events in Barnard Castle, County Durham.
The Gospels Revisited exhibition features work by a range of artists created in response to the return of the Gospels to Durham city. Fine and contemporary art, ceramics, film, glass, jewellery, photography, poetry and textiles are among the items which will be on display in the gallery from the 20th November 2013 to 5th January 2014.
Creative practitioners were invited to consider how their creations are influenced or inspired by their local and personal heritage. My poem ‘Land of my Ancestors’ will be on view as a photo/poem, the verse having been printed across a photograph of Cross Fell, and copies of Lifelines will be available for purchase.
Poems submitted for the ‘One Poem for Teesdale’ project will also be on show in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
The Witham Hall is now organising poetry events which can be found online at www.thewitham.org.uk under the Literature column of the drop down menu beneath the What’s On page.
The programme offers a broad spectrum of arts events in addition to regular music, theatre and cinema evenings.
If you have a story to tell about your life and times, the Witham is also working with the Bowes Museum on an oral heritage project to gather personal reflections of the area. For details of how to get involved see www.thewitham.org.uk
I have my pumpkin and trick or treat box of sweets ready for Halloween but today also sees the launch of my eBook Masquerade.
Masquerade tells the story of Kat, a modern working mum who adopts a range of unusual coping strategies when her daily life is overturned.
Rooted in the concept of carnvival and inspired by the trees, buildings and living statues of Barcelona, Masquerade is my second fusion of fantasy and poetry.
The story starts with Kat:
She varied her name
like a chameleon its skin;
a parade of Katie,
Kate, Kat and Katherine
personified in the letter ‘K’
engraved on her Pandora ring.
To find out what happens to her and how she transforms into La Sirena you can download a copy from http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JudithLesleyMarshall
On Monday 4th November Brian Anderson and I will be appearing at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW.
We will read poems from our joint publication Life Lines, then invite members of the audience to participate in an open mic session.
The evening starts at 7.30p.m. in the theatre bar. Entry is free and there is ample free parking in either the market place or the Victoria Road car park opposite the theatre.
This is the final opportunity to take part in a Poetry & Pints evening at The Georgian Theatre Royal before pantomime season gets underway.
For further details of events at the theatre see Thegtroyal.wordpress.com
A quick reminder that Ian MacMillan is appearing at The Witham this evening, Thursday 24th October, at 7.45p.m. Tickets cost £10/£8 for concessions. If you haven’t seen Ian before I can highly recommend his shows which will have you bursting with laughter.
Ian has entitled this performance ‘Talking Myself Home.’ He will take you on a poetic journey through his life, an autobiography in verse.
Ian is famous for being the ‘Barnsley Bard’ and presenter of The Verb on BBC Radio 3 and BBC’s Coast.
Last year he helped us to start, finish and record a Renga Relay which was developed by various groups of primary school age for the Winning Words Poetry project.
For more details of tonight’s performance at The Witham in Barnard Castle see www.thewitham.org.uk