Next workshop Thursday 5th July: Seamus Kelly

Shay the Poet: Seamus Kelly
Shay the Poet: Seamus Kelly

Seamus Kelly, is a Rochdale based Irish / English poet originally from the Midlands. In 2015 Seamus took the plunge giving up his full time job in sustainable travel to become a professional poet and writer.

The next Touchstones Creative Writing Group Workshop will be on Thursday 5th July from 2 – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre.  We hope that you can join us to learn more about writing professionally and the writer’s life.

Seamus’s website can be found here: Thinking Too Much.

Focus on our members: Val Chapman and Alfie Fairhurst

At the beginning of May, Val and Alfie recently featured on Roch Valley Radio representing the Touchstones Creative Writing group and showcasing some of their wonderful work.

An image of Touchstones Creative Writing Groups' Val Chapman and Alfie Fairhurst in a soundproof radio studio.
Val and Alfie on the microphones!

If you tuned in, love to write, and want to share your work and learn new skills from professional writers then pop along to one of our monthly writing sessions. You never know, one day you could be reading over the airwaves too!

Next workshop Thursday 7th June: Jennie Bailey

Writer, researcher and workshop facilitator: Jennie Bailey
Writer, researcher and workshop facilitator: Jennie Bailey

Jennie Bailey is a writer and researcher. She has run workshops for all ages believing that creative writing has the ability to empower and delight. She is the co-author of Lancashire Folk Tales (2014, The History Press). Her poetry has been published in Loose Muse Anthology, The Best of Manchester Poets (vols 1 and 3), and Nine Arches Under the Radar.

The next Touchstones Creative Writing Group Workshop will be on Thursday 7th June from 2 – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre.  We hope that you can join us for some experimental and fun writing activities!

You can see Jennie’s website here: Wild Writes.

Next workshop Thursday 3rd May: James Nash

Poet & Writer James Nash

Poet & Writer James Nash lives a life in words.  He’s a poet and writer, a literature developer and educator, he runs workshops for all ages, and helps host events across northern England. James is a veritable word whirlwind!

The next Touchstones Creative Writing Group Workshop will be on Thursday 3rd May from 2 – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre.  We hope that you can join us as we’re looking forward to learning some tips and tricks from James!

You can follow James Nash on Twitter by clicking this link.

Change of facilitation rota

Hello writers!

Due to last week’s inclement weather, the poetically named ‘Beast from the East’ put paid to our creative writing session and sadly we had to cancel. However, next month will see a rescheduled session with Anthony Costello. Our next session will be  Thursday 5th April from 2pm – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre. We hope to see you there!

 

Our revised Facilitation List can be viewed by clicking on this link.

 

Belfield, Rochdale. (Hoping that there will be none of the white stuff in April!)