Among Animals at Frodsham

April’s Write for Growth at Castle Park Arts Centre in April took Animals as its theme, making the most of the Association of Animal Artists’ wonderful exhibition arrayed throughout the Galleries. We reflected on our first encounters with animals, and on what different animals symbolised for us. We imagined the snap General Election as an alligator whilst the Arts Centre itself was elephantine in size and soli
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View from Maggie’s: Writing at a Cancer Care Centre

‘Sometimes I can see the hills of Wales…’ Paul reads his piece of free-writing in response to our Writing Group’s opening prompt: ‘Sometimes I can see..’ He describes, in attentive detail, a landscape he loves. Alan’s writing takes us into a different sort of seeing. He envisages a world beyond the troubles of this one, a world of pure peace, harmonious relationships, and an absence of illness and pai
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All The Light We Cannot See

‘I’ve got a bone to pick with you,’ said a smiling participant at last Saturday’s Write for Growth. ‘It’s that book you recommended. I stayed up half the night reading it. I was tired out the next day.’ She was referring to Anthony Doerr’s captivating novel ‘All the Light We Cannot See.’ It’s my favourite of the novels I’ve read this year, and I’ve been recommending it enthusiastically. So
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Looking Back on the Journey

I opened the book with mixed feelings as I pulled it at random off the top shelf, hooking my finger on the frayed edge of its spine. Inside were pages of handwritten entries under dated headings. Neatness varied, the colour alternating between black and blue with the odd foray into red or green. At times the continuous writing broke into a list or poem – Becoming an astronaut isn’t rocket science – b
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Writing Round the Compass

You can get lost anywhere it seems – in a forest, up a hill, in an airport, a French village or, of course, an actual maze. As we swapped notes at Saturday’s Write for Growth Workshop, each of us had experiences to recount. Busy modern life urges us to look to the clock rather than the compass, but the latter is vital in helping us to set direction and keep us on track. Our workshop took the theme of ‘Wr
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Writing about Food

It felt like a meeting of the Slow Food movement: the room’s quiet settledness as the group sat round a large wooden table exploring their chosen fruit – apple, banana, orange, grapes – through each sense in turn, culminating in an attentive tasting and eating. We were at Gladstone’s Library for the latest Write for Growth workshop. ‘Food, Glorious Food’  was our theme. James Be
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What We Collect

‘They are records of ordered transcendence.’ So writes Helen MacDonald in H is for Hawk, the memoir that tracks her grief for her father’s death as she trains a goshawk. She’s describing her father’s plane-spotting diaries, six exercise books meticulously filled with information representing hour upon hour of gazing skyward. The data holds no intrinsic interest for his daughter. She has ‘no idea what th
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Savouring the Senses

Behind a shop counter down our way this week-end an animated discussion was going on. ‘What’s the smell of Christmas?’ Customers and check-out staff all had their ideas: Cloves, spices, oranges, mulled wine, turkey and the fresh evergreen of a Christmas tree. Smell was one sense we explored at Saturday’s Write for Growth at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden: Savouring the Senses. We opened with some free-w
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Writing in Colour

Pixie Green, Ruby Starlet and Wild Primrose. What if these Dulux shades came to life as people? What might their personality, behaviour and style be? We explored these questions at Write for Growth’s July workshop at Gladstone’s Library on Writing with Colour. Comparing notes on our imagined character sketches brought out some matching colour connectlons. It’s these common connections that enable colour to b
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Playing with Frames in Frodsham

Outside, the sound of children playing; downstairs, a clatter of coffee-cups and the steamy roar of a cappuccino machine, but in the room, no noise beyond the rustle of paper and an occasional sigh: Saturday morning’s Write for Growth workshop was fully engrossed in our first activity, a free-writing exercise. We sat round a large table in Frodsham’s beautiful Castle Park Arts Centre. Sunlight streamed in throu
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