Hannah Lavery was at the helm for our February Writing Mums workshop, and no sooner had our bottoms hit the seats than we were putting pen to paper, getting our writing brains in gear with a “morning page”. The focus for today was the songs Dunbar Sings will be performing at CoastWord.
Our first workshop of 2015 was with the delightful Magi Gibson, poet and author and currently the Reader in Residence at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Usually the authors who come to Writing Mums are largely there to teach writing skills, but this time, we had a lot to give back as well.
Diane took the chair for the last Writing Mums workshop of 2014. She had given out our assignment at our tea party for Book Week – each of us had a greetings card and instructions to write a short story or poem inspired by the words and pictures on the card. Mine said “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?”
Some wee snippets from our Story Adventurers!
"I like the jars best. They have all different kinds of things inside them - like the story pebbles and the jar of no ideas! We open them when we need their help."
Collecting memories. Something I have been doing for a few years now. I think my whole body of work is about memory. Family Album my first full collection of poetry was all about my family’s history; the stories that I had retained in memory, the narratives I had been told and the ones I choose to pass on to the next generation.
Our journal this month takes the form of a rather lovely conversation from Facebook ….
Thanks once again for an inspiring (and emotional!!) workshop this morning ladies. The hour and half disappeared in a flash. I felt reinvigorated to get back into the writing groove and intend trying to start my homework tonight! Xo
Our last workshop with Linda was a celebratory affair. We had some rather lovely cake from Emma and we were spoilt with some fantastic stories and poems. We will miss Linda’s insightful comments on our work but what we have learnt to be much more confident and we are becoming really supportive critics of each other’s work.
We were promised an entertaining and thought provoking evening and that is exactly what we got...
Bass Rock, a mile and a half off shore from Dunbar in the Firth of Forth is just seven acres in total. In its time, it has been home to a hermitage, a chapel, a castle, a garrison of 100 soldiers and a prison. Now it is the closest sea bird sanctuary to the mainland, home for birds - northern gannets. Quite a lot of them – 120,000 occupied nest sites during the peak season.
Translating research findings into Story; bringing out people’s voices from the research.
An Evening of Discussion and Readings inspired by the Natural World.
After attending my first Writing Mums Workshop in January, and trying to leave my self-criticism at home (a hard thing for a mum to do), I couldn’t wait for February’s workshop with Linda Strachan. Feeling enthused after tackling the exercise Linda had set us earlier in the month, writing a short piece based on one of four quotes, I wondered what this month’s workshop would bring, and hoping that my contribution was up to scratch.
Our appearance this year as part of East Lothian Libraries’ Book Week Scotland was the realisation of an idea that we had brewing alongside endless cups of tea for over five years. As two experienced teachers, as mothers of boys and as avid readers and writers we are passionate about the worth of story, of teaching our children stories, for inspiring our children to tell their own stories and to explore and adventure in their imaginations.