Workshop for National Poetry Day
October 5th at Acklam Library, 10:00 - 12:00
Seasonal Space to Write
October 12th at Hall Garth Hotel and Country Club, Darlington, 10:00 - 16:45
Seasonal Space to Write brings writers together, regardless of age, ability or discipline and where their interest may be in poetry or prose, report writing or simply recording daily events and experience.
Each season will bring you space to write, and the next day event will take place at Hall Garth Hotel and Country Club near Darlington, in the lounge-library with its comfy chairs and stunning views over the parkland. The day will begin with some facilitated writing warm-up activities to help prepare you for the day ahead. You will then have free time to work on a project or piece of writing in progress which you have brought along, whether it is a mere scrap of an idea or a nearly polished piece. The final hour of the day will be an optional and informal sharing of any work in progress.
The cost of £38 per person provides a delightful work space, facilitation by an experienced tutor, a delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, plus tea,
coffee and biscuits throughout the day. Wi-Fi and car parking are free.
For more information on the above events, or to book a place please enquire via the Contact page.
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21/03/19 Poetry Reading for World Poetry Day at The Whitby Bookshop, Yorkshire
08/03/19 Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for Family Help IWD at Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington
23/02/19 Poetry Reading for Word Club at The Chemic Tavern, Leeds
11/02/19 Poetry reading for Beehive Poets at The Beehive, Bradford
02/02/19 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Winter Weekend Retreat' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
03/01/19 Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for the Sashes and Suffrage exhibition launch at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
24/11/18 Poetry Reading with TWP at The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Hartlepool
27/10/18 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Autumn' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
06/09/18 Poetry Reading for Free as a Bard at Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay
04/08/18 Poetry Reading for North East Enemies Project at Missing Piece Arts, Stockton-on-Tees
08/08/18 Poetry Reading with Harry Gallagher at Newcastle City Library
29/07/18 Reading for Poetry at the Parsonage Festival 2018, Bronte Parsonage, Haworth
25/07/18 Reading and presentation of Rare Birds at the LSE Library, London
13/07/18 Attended Middlesbrough Council Team Awards for which My Town My Future project was shortlisted
27/06/18 Reading for Feminist Book Fortnight at Drake the Bookshop, Stockton-on-Tees
26/06/18 Reading and presentation of Rare Birds for Warwick University
09/06/18 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
26/05/18 Reading and presentation of Rare Birds with TWP at Darlington Arts Festival
15/05/18 Private reading and presentation for Rare Birds at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington
27/04/18 Reading at the launch of My Town My Future anthology, Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
26/04/18 Attended the launch of Endeavour children's anthology for T-junction Poetry Festival
09/02/18 Reading with Harry Gallagher at Hartlepool Library
21/01/18 Appointed as a Poet in Schools as part of the T-junction pre-festival schools programme
20/01/18 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Winter' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
16/10/17 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Autumn' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
28/09/17 Reading for National Poetry Day with TWP at Drake the Bookshop, Stockton-on-Tees
30/07/17 Appointed as Creative Writing Tutor for the Middlesbrough: My Town My Future project
15/07/17 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Summer' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
30/06/17 Judged the Northumbrian Association Writers Award 13-16 categroy, hosted by Beamish Museum
21/06/17 Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Presentation and Script-in-hand Performance at Acklam Library
10/06/17 Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison: Poetry Workshop at Middlesbrough Central Library
18/05/17 Guest Poetry Reading at Stanza at The Exchange, North Shields
22/04/17 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Spring' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
18/03/17 Facilitated Poetry First Steps - Taster Session for Beginners at ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
14/01/17 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Winter' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
19/11/16 Reading at the The Black Light Engine Room, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough
12/11/16 Speaker at NAWE Conference 2016, Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
15/10/16 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Autumn' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
30/07/16 Reading at the The Black Light Engine Room, Python Gallery, Middlesbrough
23/07/16 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Summer' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
21/06/16 Workshop for Crossing the Tees Festival at Crown Street Library, Darlington
08/06/16 Official Book Launch for Frayed at Palace Arts Gallery, Redcar
09/05/16 In Conversation with ... Poets for Darlington Arts Festival at Crown Street Library, Darlington
09/04/16 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Spring' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
06/02/16 Try it at ARC: Pen Power - writing for wellbeing at ARC, Stockton
07/02/16 Reading for Tees Women Poets Localism Exhibition closing event at MIMA, Middlesbrough
16/01/16 Facilitated 'Seasonal Space to Write - Winter' at Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington
14/11/15 Workshop 'Voicing the Unvoiceable' at NAWE Annual Conference, Durham
27/10/15 Reading at the launch of Ambit 222, The Sun & 13 Cantons, London
10/07/15 Judged the Englanti Awards 2015, categories of Best Poem and Best Excerpt from a Published Work
16/06/15 O.C.D poem opened Vivid Theatre's performance of Just Checking at Northern Stage, Newcastle
04/06/15 O.C.D poem opened Vivid Theatre's performance of Just Checking at ARC, Stockton.
14/11/14 Co-delivered a Creative Writing lecture with writer Tracey Iceton at the NAWE Conference 2014,
19/10/14 Reading for Mudfog's celebration of 20 years of publishing, Middlesbrough.
23/05/14 Reading for Darlington Arts Festival at Cafe Create, Darlington.
09/05/14 Reading from PhD thesis linked to 'Berth' at Healthfood Cafe, Darlington.
21/11/13 Workshop at Carmel College, Darlington for New Writing North Teaching Schools Project
29/07/13 New mentoring scheme launched.
21/05/13 Poetry workshop at Darlington Arts Festival.
09/02/13 Reading for Titanic Honour and Glory at Darlington Head of Steam.
01/02/13 'What's in a Poem' poetry course run by Natalie at ARC in Stockton.
01/12/12 Reading at the Python Gallery Middlesbrough to promote Mudfog Publications.
12/09/12 Reading at the Weardale Supper Club.
19/06/12 Accompanied Dan Waddell, who has written a fiction book based on Titanic, with a reading from Berth.
10/05/12 Accompanied The History Wardrobe with a reading from Berth.
04/04/12 Radio Tees interview by Bob Fisher with David Edwards (Vivid Theatre).
16/03/12 Judged the 2012 Voice of Youth Competition with MP Ian Swales, organised by the Redcar Partnership
04/12/11 Ran a performance poetry workshop and performed selected pieces from Berth at Writers’ Block.
31/10/11 Reading at Crook Rotary Club.
08/10/11 Invited to read and run a book stall at the Authors' Day at the Quay Hotel, Deganwy, North Wales.
30/08/11 Reading at Probus Group, Weardale.
18/01/11 Reading at Electric Cool-Aid Cabaret organised by Bob Beagrie, Middlesbrough.