Rachel’s Week: Words, Pictures and Letters

The great thing about what I do is that life is very varied and every day is different.  It might be a bit of a nightmare to plan at times but at least it’s never dull!

Hexham Market Square featureI have been in Hexham this week running another Words and Pictures workshop with Sarah Loveland Photography at Sarah’s fantastic new studio in Hexham.  This also involved a tour around the town, looking through the lens for the unusual and unexpected to inspire our creative writing.  I certainly saw Hexham anew, experiencing its stonework, doors, gravestones and all its textures and shapes with a fresh eye.

Words & Pictures workshop 17 Jan 2017Thanks to Judith and Christine who came along to the workshop and for their positive feedback.

Letter from Harry to Felix 1910I have also been taking time to work on my latest project The Cowgill letters.  I am slowly working my way through 80 years of letters and documents left by my husband’s grandfather Felix Cowgill.  I hope to write an audio piece, part creative, part documentary.

What I have come across so far is fascinating, a treasure trove of social history and perhaps of national significance too as Felix was in MI6 during WW2.

Its going to be a long process of research and at the moment I am searching for the right story angle to develop.  I hope to share my progress with you in the coming months.  Of course, committing to do so will help to ensure that I do actually make some progress!