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 7th September 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.
Come join us for our next writing workshop with one of our newest facilitators Paul Brady. We’re looking forward to welcoming Paul and it’s going to be a good ‘un!
The next Touchstones Creative Writing Group Workshop will be on Thursday 3rd August 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 Paul!
Pulling Threads, Touchstones Creative Writing Group’s performance arm, are being busy bees this summer; they’re preparing for a piece of original writing. Here are notes from the meeting and the performance dates.
Pulling threads rehearsal & planning meeting, Falinge Park 13th July 2017
To commemorate one of the “greatest of the four battles of Ypres”, Pulling Threads are pulling together a piece of original drama based on testimonials from the battle. Annette Martens is the artistic director for this production which features dramatic true stories, horrific images, and sound. The italicised phrases are from some of the writers.
“Here are our gifts to the Gods” “roads that lead to the killing Fields”
The voluntary group of players have all contributed pieces to this performance in order to capture the human element; it’s not just the facts, the sheer number of the dead or the time and slog of the battle it’s about getting to the heart of it. The facts are woven in and there is compromise and cooperation in editing the pieces.
“I don’t usually carry a weapon, I carry arms… I’m a stretcher bearer”
There is pathos, and sympathy, created for the characters – the nurse, the stretcher bearer, the man who had his face half blown off but lived. And there is so much mud, a mud world, who thought you could drown in the battlefield?”. The emotion and empathy that has been created shows that “bravery can take many forms”.
“The government, the general, and the Kaiser sat down”
For a small piece of land many gave their lives, and as the performance comes together the script is becoming stronger. Any audience will be moved.
Big congratulations to Touchstones Creative Writing Group member and committee secretary Val Chapman on her nomination from the Rochdale Sports and Culture Awards 2016/2017. She’s definitely one of our heroes & we’re all rooting for her 🙂
The presentation will be on 21st September at Middleton Arena. Nice one Val!
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 6th July from 2 – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre. We hope that you can join us for some experimental and fun writing activities!