Writing Events

Remembrance Sunday at Shepherd’s Dene: Explore WW1 through Creative Writing

  Join me on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2015 at  Shepherd’s Dene as we explore the First World War through Creative Writing. Here in this Edwardian Country House with its magnificent grounds we will go back 100 years to imagine life as the former occupants and the role of the house during The Great War. […]

Oriental Museum, Durham University

From Nagasaki to the North East: Creative Writing at The Oriental Museum

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Shepherd’s Dene Writing Retreat Sunday 9th August 2015

Following on from our successful day in March, join me at Shepherd’s Dene where you can find space to work on your own writing in the beautiful Edwardian country house or in the tranquil grounds.  You can even take a riverside walk to fire your imagination. 9.30 am until 4.00 pm on Sunday 9th August […]

Auckland Castle

Past Writing Event: Writers’ Retreat at Auckland Castle 31st May 2015

Whenever I’m out and about, I’m always keeping an eye out for our writers, searching for a tranquil spot where you can feel at ease in surroundings that will bring out the writer in you.  And of course the refreshments must be upto scratch! Judging from the feedback, our recent Writers’ Retreat at Auckland Castle […]

Auckland Castle

Sunday 31st May 2015, Writers’ Retreat at Auckland Castle

Join us at the ancient Auckland Castle,  Palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham for almost 1000 years.  Here we will have a private room with parkland view in the Victoria Suite where you can bring your own writing to work on.  Or perhaps you might like to find a seat in the palace or […]

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Past Writing Event: The Red Lion at Alnmouth Writers’ Retreat 12th May 2015

We approached Alnmouth in the rain, but when we arrived at our room in The Red Lion, owner Jane gave us a warm welcome; she had prepared a glowing log fire and even placed arrangements of fresh flowers on each table. Everyone arrived (including someone from Sussex via Warkworth!) and we soon settled into our […]

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Past event: Shepherd’s Dene Writers’ Retreat 1st March 2015

I always look forward to Shepherd’s Dene.  As soon as you climb out of the car and walk up the drive to the birds and the wind singing in the trees, you can’t help but feel an inner calm.  Approaching the Arts and Crafts house, which appears to have sprung up seemlessly from the garden, […]

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PAST WORKSHOP: Willow Burn Creative New Year Workshop

Our latest event was a slight departure from the usual as we kickstarted 2015 with a Creative New Year Workshop.  This was a collaboration between myself and  graphic designer / illustrator Carrie Dennison of Press for Design and Dendryad Art, which was held in the fabulous Tom Cowie Centre at Willow Burn Hospice.  This room […]

PAST WORKSHOP Shepherd’s Dene: Birds, Bees and Trees writing workshop: how the day went

We all need to take time out from the hurly burly of our busy lives and there is no better place to do that than at the Edwardian House and Grounds of Shepherd’s Dene, venue of our latest creative writing workshop, where we explored the theme of nature and made use of its glorious setting […]