The Concept of Sadness Workshop

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?”

Collecting Memories

Collecting Memories

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. 

CoastWord's CoastWalk -launching the Festival by foot and by pen!

CoastWord's CoastWalk -launching the Festival by foot and by pen!

To celebrate the launch of our festival. We decided to send four of our writers to Aberlady and challenge them to make their way back along the coast. We asked our intrepid wordsmiths to document their journey in photography, in short films and of course in their own words.      

 

The Stories In The Land

The Stories In The Land

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.

Tears and biscuits!

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. 

Lynn Kilpatrick

Our First Adventures...

Our First Adventures...

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.