Workshops and Residencies

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Recent experience encompasses both creative writing and visual art and includes:

  • Regular writer for New Writing North’s Cuckoo Young Writers. Currently working with the Cramlington group and collaborating with the Sunderland Cuckoos to write a Brexit-themed musical
  • Writing monologues with first year university undergraduates studying a politics module
  • Running workshops for young writers with New Writing North in the run-up to the EU Referendum culminating in an alternative campaign brochure
  • Working with a group of Year 4 and Year 5 children at Woodhorn Museum to create poetry in response to an exhibition of photography
  • With Year 3 pupils combining mask-making with creative writing to explore the Mesolithic era, a Key Stage 2 topic
  • Running a ‘Big Draw’ workshop at Queen’s Hall in Hexham with Year 3 and Year 4 pupils on the theme of Mesolithic art
  • Writing Christmas stories for radio with Year 4 and Year 5 pupils
  • Successfully completing a Bronze Arts Award project with a group of Year 8 students focusing on WWI poetry
  • Facilitating sessions with young writers in Newcastle to create a ‘Museum of Lost Voices’ culminating in a scripted performance
  • Working with a number of high school groups to generate creative writing including specific curriculum areas such as Gothic literature and fairy stories
  • Running an open participatory quilt making workshop for the Creative Makings celebratory event at Gateshead Central Library, organised by Gateshead Council’s Arts Development Team, and engaging members of the public in contributing to a collaborative quilt incorporating titles of their favourite books. The resulting quilt, ‘Cover Story’, was displayed in the Library’s Gallery
  • Making First World War ‘silks’ with groups of primary school children in collaboration with November Club as part of Juice Festival 2014
  • Working with dot to dot active arts CIC as a Lead Artist on the socially engaged art project ‘Above Ground Level’ using book making to engage members of the public in Blyth