I was really pleased to be asked to deliver a workshop aimed at drawing in less experienced poets and writers for The Isle Writers, a Thanet-based writing group. To my amazement – and that of the organisers – thirty people turned up for a day called ‘Give it a Go!’ that included my own sessions on poetry as well as workshops on memoir and story-writing.
There were accomplished novelists who were novices at poetry as well as people who had been writing poetry but never made their work public and people new to writing. Everyone had produced at least one poem by the end of the hour, and several people told me that it was their first!
I hope to give another workshop for The Isle Writers in November. For details of the group, telephone 01843 865135 or 01843 869413.
The photograph is of my own poem for Margate, which was displayed for a year in a disused shop in Cliftonville.