Morning MURCH ROOM
Afternoon DUNCAN ROOM
MEETUP DAY DESIGNED AND CO-HOSTED
BY MARILYN FRANCIS & SUE BOYLE
MARILYN FRANCIS WRITES.….
Saturday 21st September – a morning workshop (bring a poem or some prose to share with the group) and an afternoon performance of poems, stories, songs, visuals, anything you can think of about childhood, your own, or someone else’s.
If there’s one thing we can be certain of, it is that we were all children once upon a time. Though it may not always have been a happy time. That child is part of who we are today. We are that child.
There are many well-known poems and passages of prose, fiction and memoir as well as songs about childhood that might fire the imagination or simply be enjoyed for themselves. For instance: Dylan Thomas’s ‘Fern Hill’, the first passage from chapter one of James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first paragraph of David Copperfield, and the beginning of J D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, ‘… all that David Copperfield kind of crap’. Anyway, I do hope you’ll agree that childhood is a fruitful topic for our mutual exploration. At the top of this Page is a splendid interpretation by Joan Baez of the Joyce piece.
Last year some friends and I got together to produce a pamphlet of poems (and photographs) about our own childhoods, swings & roundabouts. It was a lot of fun to do, maybe that’s because it’s a subject we all know plenty about. So, for the morning session on 21st September we are looking for contributions, poetry or prose, on the theme of childhood. The best three pieces to be read as part of the afternoon performances.
MORNING WORKSHOP : 8 participants are invited to share and critique writings of any kind on the theme of childhood. The best liked 3 will be carried forward for performance in the afternoon. If the workshop is over-subscribed, the cost per participant will be £8 to provide funds for hiring the Murch Room for another event for the Bath Writers & Artists group.
AFTERNOON MEETUP : CHILDHOOD. Submissions are invited from all members of Bath Writers & Artists group – poetry, prose, memoir, novel extracts, flash fiction, illustrated talk, screen graphics, songs ……….written by yourself or by another…..