Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

Dastardly Plots: making plot work in fiction

A workshop at Winchester Discovery Centre Saturday 23rd November. 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) When you”re learning to write, plotting can be one of the hardest thing to master. In fact, many of my students say plotting is what they most want to learn: how to finish the pieces they”ve started, or maybe get(…)

Writing Without Walls: the ‘West of Waterlooville’ public arts project

Writing Without Walls: the ‘West of Waterlooville’ public arts project

‘West of Waterlooville’ is a huge new housing development taking place in the south-east part of Hampshire, and over the last year and a half I have been involved in the public arts project that went along with it. When I was trying to think what category to put this post in – Creative Writing(…)

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

Happy Birthday Writing Hampshire – 200 and counting

I”ve been having a holiday. I”ve enjoyed my time off: I spent the school holidays working mainly on poems, giving a final polish to old ones, starting a couple of new, and – most exciting – rediscovering some good drafts that I”d utterly forgotten I”d written. Then for the first week of September we spent a(…)

Poetry of the Spirit: a workshop

Poetry of the Spirit: a workshop

Winchester Discovery Centre, Saturday 28th September 10am – 4pm, £25 (£22.50 concessions) Autumn is just around the corner, so it’s time for new classes and courses. Poetry of the Spirit is my first offering this term. I have always thought of poetry as a spiritual art. For me, as for many others, the ultimate purpose(…)

Writing Hampshire at Costello School

Writing Hampshire at Costello School

In April, I went to the launch of 10 Days Creative Collisions, a 10-day interdisciplinary arts festival in Winchester this autumn.  I went expecting to promote the festival’s Schools Engagement Project, of which I am a part; and to be fair that was mostly what I did. But what I didn’t expect was also to(…)