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National Poetry Day

October 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

£4 – £10

A day of talk and workshops celebrating everything poetry.

SESSION 1: GARY STUDLEY – Core (1.00 – 2.15pm)

Combining for inspiration the National Poetry Day theme of Truth and the wonderful landscapes & buildings of St Margaret’s Bay Trust, let’s create, celebrate & take home some personal seeds of new writing to nurture.  Gary Studley leads Dead Hoarse Writers; art & writing workshops; and spoken word events. Marlowe Theatre community playwright; Canterbury Festival judge; poet in residence for Dreamland, Roman Museum & Westgate Literary Festival, Gary’s, Writing For Life promotes positive mental health with individuals & Porchlight, Shaw Trust, Ageless Thanet & Suicide Prevention clients. 

SESSION 2: SUE EMM – Wandering with Words  (2.30-3.30pm)

Connect and respond to The Pines Garden at this Wandering with Words creative writing workshop. You will be provided with a variety of simple writing prompts to guide your attention on a gentle wander. There will be time to pause, discover, reflect and release a flow of your own words. (NB In the event of bad weather I will bring the outside in, through a selection of sensory prompts) 

Sue Emm is a creative writing & wellbeing tutor, whose passion for gardens and wild places inspires her writing and workshops. As a qualified & experienced adult education tutor (Diploma in Education & Training 2017), and member of Lapidus International, her practice is underpinned by a nurturing approach to the creative process.

SESSION 3: DEREK SELLEN & MARY ANNE SMITH – Speaking of the Sea (4.00-5.00pm)

We shall share our own and others’ writing about the sea. Then you will have the opportunity to share your experiences of the sea and/or of coastal communities and to work towards a poem, memoir or story.

Derek Sellen, currently Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year, has won several poetry competitions, including Poets Meet Politics, Poetry Pulse, Rhyme International and O’Bheal Five Words. His work has also won prizes in Poetry on the Lake, Bristol International Story Award, the National Poetry Competition and elsewhere.

Mary Anne Smith’s work has been recognised in both national and international competitions, including first prizes in O’Bheal Five Words and Sentinel Literary Quarterly. Her poems have been widely published and broadcast. She regularly reads at events, and in 2019 is on the bill for three Kent literary festivals.

Tickets: £10 for three sessions or £4 per individual session. £2 from ticket sales will be donated to charity


October 3, 2019
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
£4 – £10
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The Pines Calyx
The Pines Garden, Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay
Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ United Kingdom
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