Postcards from Passchendaele: Once more unto the breach

The Pulling Threads arm of Touchstones Creative Writing Group took to the stage for Rochdale Literature & Ideas Fringe Festival yesterday. Here’s a picture from the event. Last performance of the year is on 10th November at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Performing at the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival Fringe, Bar Vibe 22.10.17

Postcards from Passchendaele – performances & next shows

On Friday 13th October, the first Pulling Threads performance of Postcards from Passechdaele took place at Castleton Literary & Scientific Society. Here are some pictures – everyone really looks the part!

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The Pulling Threads team will be performing again this Sunday (22nd October) at Bar Vibe on Drake Street, Rochdale at 12.40pm as part of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Fringe Festival.

On Friday 10th November it will be the last one from the group at Oldham’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

We’re also excited to announce that we are booking for 2018! We’ll let you know more about that nearer the time.

Next workshop Thursday 2nd November: Anthony Costello

Writer, editor and events organiser: Anthony Costello.
Writer, editor and events organiser: Anthony Costello.

Anthony Costello is a writer, editor, and poetry event organiser based in the Calder Valley. He has two poetry books published and is a co-translator of Alain Fournier published by the prestigious Carcanet Press.

The next Touchstones Creative Writing Group Workshop will be on Thursday 2nd November from 2 – 4pm at Touchstones Heritage Centre.  See in the new year with writing tips from Anthony!

You can find Anthony’s website here: Anthony Costello.

Next session cancelled – Thursday 5th October

Due to the Northern Rail strike James Nash, our facilitator for the month, is unable to travel to Rochdale so we have had to reluctantly cancel tomorrow’s writing session.

However – just like the trains! – normal service will resume next month with Anthony Costello from 2-4pm, Thursday 2nd November at Touchstones Heritage Centre.

Thanks for understanding and we’re looking forward to seeing you in November.

Focus on our members: Val Chapman

Last Thursday, Jennie Bailey was honoured to represent Val Chapman at the annual Rochdale Borough Sports & Culture Awards 2016/2017.

At a glitzy event compèred by the incomparable Sue Devaney providing jokes and flourish to the evening, there were performances and stirring speeches about the strength across the borough in its cultural and sporting achievements.  

Sue Devaney opens the evening (apologies about the photo quality)

With such a strong field of people who have contributed to Rochdale’s cultural ecology, sadly, our Val didn’t come away with the prize. However, it is wonderful that she has had the recognition with her nomination and she is certainly our Cultural Champion!

Val on the big screen!