I’m offering a range of creative writing workshops in Whitley Bay in the coming months.

First up is a Haiku workshop on Tuesday 12th April from 7pm to 9pm.Haiku is a very short poetic form which originated in Japan and became popular in Britain and North America in the early 20th century. The form’s enduring appeal rests on the capturing the essence of a moment (usually involving nature) in a three line poem. Come and learn about Haiku and have a go at writing a few of your own.

Then we have….

Talking Nonsense: in praise of comic and nonsense poetry. Do you have a secret love of Edward Lear, Ogden Nash and Pam Ayres? Come out of the poetic closet and share your love in a supportive environment! I will share my love of comic and so-called nonsense poetry and invite participants to have a go at writing their own verse. It will take place on Tuesday 10th May from 7pm to 9pm.

Do you enjoy travel writing? Have you ever wanted to write down your travelling experiences? On Tuesday 7th June from 7pm to 9pm  I will run a writing workshop called Journeys of the Mind. Do you love travelling? Join me on a voyage of discovery. Come and explore classic travel writers and have a go at writing your own experiences abroad as well as closer to home.

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Words of Comfort (Food). Recipes and reminiscences workshop. Do you have a treasured family recipe book or do you keep favourite recipes in your head? Isn’t it time to record them for posterity? Join me as I share the recipe for successful food writing and help to start compiling your very own recipe book. All attendees to bring along at least three favourite recipes. Tues 5th July, 7pm – 9pm

All workshops take place on Tuesday evenings in Boo  Boo & Ted, 264 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2TG. All workshops cost £15 (tuition and refreshments). Advance booking is essential and £5 deposit secures your place. Visit Boo Boo and Ted and talk to Happy Planet’s Gail Curry  or check out the website www.happyplanetcreativearts.org.uk