Journalling into 2019

Write for Growth’s  New Year, New Journal Workshop at Gladstone’s Library on a January Saturday always draws a full house. We gathered to explore fresh angles on journalling our way through 2019. Making space to write is one thing, but once we’ve done that, we can find another gap – between our desire to write and actually putting words on a page. Closing that gap can be a challenge for every writer.
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Coffee with a Poem

‘It’s all about how we have choices,’ said a Write for Growth participant, as we looked at this poem under our workshop theme Space and Light. See what you think over a cup of coffee as we sit down with Naomi Shihab Nye’s ‘The Art of Disappearing.’    The Art of Disappearing When they say Don’t I know you? say no.   When they invite you to the party remember what parties are like before an
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Poetic Spirit in the City

It was Race Day in Chester in Saturday as we came together at Retreat House Chester for the more gentle pursuit of the poetic spirit.  Poetry and spirituality inhabit a common landscape. Derek Walcott, whose poem Love after Love was amongst those we read, has said, ‘I never separated the writing of poetry from prayer.…it is a vocation.’       The writer Mark Oakley comments that God gives us our being; w
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Between Seasons

When  August is drawing to a close – particularly after the Bank Holiday – I always have a sense of the season starting to shift. The light becomes more tawny and slant; there’s a new chill in the breeze and the clear, light evenings of June have given way to twilight’s earlier curtain. It may not be Autumn quite yet, but it is no longer quite Summer.  Change is in the air. September brings the n
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Encountering Animals at Frodsham

Animal Encounters was our theme for April’s Write for Growth at Castle Park Arts Centre, amid the stimulus of the annual exhibition of the Association of Animal Artists This year’s exhibition is even more inspirational than last year, incorporating categories from Power and Pace of Life to Fragile World and Windows to the Soul. It’s on until mid-May, so do go and see it for yourself if you can. We wrote about
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Dancing with Words at Hawarden

Dear Body… be a bell that rings your presence, singles your space, O acolyte of days.… These were words that flowed from my head down my arm and hand, through pen to paper, surprising my mind as my eyes read them back to me on the page. I was at poet Polly Atkins’ ‘Writing the Body’ Masterclass along with fourteen other bodies cosied round the large table in the Anwyl Room at Gladstone’s Library in Ha
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Words for Unwanted Journeys

  It was only after I’d finished writing the poem that I realised: this would be the last one I would write about my mother. From the time she had started to decline in health as Parkinson’s Disease advanced, I found some of the poems I wrote began to reflect this unwanted journey. I needed words to express the impact of what was happening on both our lives and our relationship. The poems continued as I g
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New Year Resolve?

At the turn of the year, thoughts can gravitate to the 3 Rs – Review, Reflection and Resolution. Some make that third R a different one – Rebellion! Dissatisfied by the crash and burn of past years, they determine NOT to resolve anything, and so avoid the mid-January tail-spin into disappointment. I remember how every new ‘rough book’ of my schooldays, with its fresh, blank pages, inspired resoluti
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Chester Poets Visit the ARK

    Over the summer, I’ve being doing some Tour Guiding for the wonderful ARK exhibition, hosted by Chester Cathedral. 90 ARK-themed sculptures inside and outside the building reflect a range of styles, subjects and materials. They represent the work of over 50 artists. On Saturday, I took round a group of fellow Chester Poets. We engaged with these pieces together: looking and learning: discovering wh
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What would you do if…..?

What would you do with one year left to live? Paul Kalanithi chose to write. The fruition of his choice is his first and only book: When Breath becomes Air. The book is a memoir of his life journey from literature graduate to neurosurgeon, and from doctor to patient after a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer. It has become an international bestseller since its publication after the author’s death, aged 37, in 20
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