Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Invitation to Walking on Wyre opening workshop with Rachel McGladdery and Norman Hadley.

Bridge over The River Wyre at Garstang.

Our first workshop begins at The Fig Tree Cafe, High Street, Garstang at 10:30 am this Saturday 10th May 2014, where you will meet our two talented local writers and workshop tutors, Rachel McGladdery and Norman Hadley.  After some warm up writing exercises, Norman will guide you on a short walk around Garstang, following the River Wyre and Wyre Way.  He suggests you bring a camera and please dress for the weather with suitable footwear. 

The Garstang Aqueduct - River Wyre runs below. 

If you prefer to stay at The Fig Tree with Rachel, you will enjoy a fine panoramic view of the River Wyre, with a stunning back-drop of The Trough of Bowland.  The Fig Tree is a Fair Trade Cafe, who run educational sessions for schools and have a separate work room for us to use. Refreshments are available to purchase but if you prefer to bring a packed lunch, there is a picnic area just outside. The workshop will continue with writing and some editorial feedback, concluding by 3pm. We hope that some work will be submitted at the workshop, although if you want to do more research and develop a piece it can be sent to the project email address and we will publish on this blog.  

Selected work from the Walking on Wyre project will be published as a pamphlet and launched during The Garstang Arts Festival on 20th August 2014 at Booths Cafe, Garstang. This is a performance poetry event at which writers and mentors will read their own work.  We also hope to take the performance of Walking on Wyre to two other venues during the Autumn so keep reading the blog and share with your friends, family and colleagues.  All these views were taken by project photographer Barry McCann.

Walking past Th'owd Tithebarn. 

Walking on Wyre is a community writing project and we want everyone to participate, learn from the writers and see their own words in print.    All the workshops and performance sessions are free of charge and funded by Arts Council England supported by LeftCoast, an independent organisation helping to develop arts projects in Blackpool and Wyre.

Duck. Just kidding!  The bridge is a bit further on. 

See our two previous blog entries
 for information about venues, dates
 and times. There is a great range, from sea front to riverside locations, in picturesque towns and villages along the Wyre Way.  Creative writing is a wonderful way to enjoy the landscapes of Wyre, so come and celebrate what you see with words.

A rear view of St Michael's along the Wyre Way . 
If you are unable to attend any of the six workshops this summer, you can still participate in the project by picking up a Walking on Wyre postcard from one of the
venues, Wyre libraries or Wyre Council Information Points and adding a few words about your own walks on Wyre to the reverse.   There are collection boxes for the postcards. We will publish these contributions on the blog and may use them to inspire us. 

 All venues have disabled access.                       

Enquiries to walkingwyre@gmail.com


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