Now that the summer has finally taken hold of the countryside, there can be no better way to spend a Sunday than by the River Wyre with a stanza of poets.  As part of the Lancashire Dead Good Poets’ Walking on Wyre poetry project, supported by LeftCoast and Arts Council England, a day of walking, lunching and creating will take place at the Riverside Room of the Wyre Estuary Country Park from 10.20am on Sunday 18 May.  The plan is to walk alongside the river, gathering inspiration, alongside one of the extremely knowledgeable park guides, before returning for refreshments and workshopping with the esteemed Lancashire poet and collaborator, Sarah Hymas.

Adele Robinson, the driving force behind the project, said:

“Lancashire Dead Good Poets’ Society are delighted to have Sarah as one of the tutor/mentors on our Walking on Wyre creative writing project.  The Arts Council England funding – with the support of the team at LeftCoast – has made it possible for us to develop this exiting project with a commissioned poem by Sarah central to the publication that will be produced after the six workshops are completed.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to write poety or prose to come and work with one of the best. Suitable submitted work will be published on the blog and selected pieces will feature in the final publication, launching at The Garstang Arts Festival in August 2014.”

Sarah Hymas’s writing has appeared in print, multimedia exhibits, dance videos, lyrics, pyrotechnical installations, on stage and as an improvised opera.  She has performed with a musician, singer and other writers.  I was fortunate to see her perform part of her Sealegs collaboration with Steve Lewis at The Storey in Lancaster.  The words and sounds combined to create a soundscape with storytelling that instantly transported the audience to the sea.  You heard the creaking wood of the ships and tasted the salt on the wind.  I attended one of her poetry performance workshops several years ago and her advice has been invaluable since then.  Put simply, for writers wishing to gain experience and, potentially, have their work published, this is a terrific opportunity.

Postcard fliers for the Walking on Wyre workshops can be found at all Wyre libraries, Wyre Information Points and all the workshop venues. Anyone can take part – even if they can’t attend – by filling in a postcard with a few words or sentence of prose about the River Wyre, towns in Wyre or the Wyre Way and placing them in the collection boxes.

Sunday’s workshop is free and if you can’t make that one, there are more to follow:

Sun 18/05/14 – 10:20 – 16:00* Wyre Estuary Countryside Park, Stannah, FY5 5LR.

Sat 24/05/14 – 10:30 – 14:00 Cleveleys Library, Rossall Road, Cleveleys FY5 1EE

Wed 28/05/14 – 13:30 – 16:30 Rossall Point, Fleetwood Promenade. FY7 8PG

Sat 31/05/14 – 10:30 – 16:30* North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. FY7 6BN

Sat 7/06/14 – 12:30 – 16:00 The Barn, Scorton. PR3 1AU

* There will be a short break for lunch.

Enquires to Adele Robinson: [email protected]

Sarah Hymas’ books, art books and pamphlets are available to purchase on her website.

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