Saturday 28th March 2020


Curated by AMA BOLTON with Graeme Ryan and Ali Bacon
Morning in the Lonsdale Room / Afternoon in the Duncan Room 

I’d like to offer a morning on simple bookbinding for writers and artists. Three hours isn’t long for a practical workshop, but it will be enough to make a pocket-size portfolio and a Japanese-style binding of a few poems or a short essay or story or a series of images (or blank pages for a notebook if you prefer). There will also be printed sea-themed pages to bind as a small pamphlet.


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This is a link to a totally remarkable representation of the scale of the ocean made by NEAL AGARWAL, and shared recently by AMA BOLTON on her Facebook Page.  If you missed Ama’s sharing , do access it on the link above.  You will be amazed, enriched and humbled by what you see.  Promise!!!


My idea for the afternoon is to take the topic “Sea”, and wait and see what gets washed up on the shores of our imagination. Art is welcome in the form of photos or paintings or drawings for the slideshow. I’d love to see a collaboration between a writer and a visual artist. Nothing is off-limits: wild-swimming, pollution, sea levels rising, the sea as a metaphor for the deep unconscious, scuba diving, reefs and wrecks, sea creatures, storms; these are just a few that come to mind.

Subscribers so for booked in for the morning workshop:

Verona Bass
Eileen Cameron
Claire Coleman
Ann Preston
Sue Sims
Ann Cullis

Subscribers so far booked in for the afternoon performance:

Ama (curator) (George Mackay Brown’s “The Sea”, and own poem “Winter Boat”)
Graeme Ryan (co-curator) (some sea poems)
Ali Bacon (co-curator)
Verona Bass (some sea poems)
Sue Boyle Candles for the Kursk / At Sea / The Sailor’s Wife  (one of!)
Eileen Cameron (Giant Clam with illustrations?)
Ann Preston (“The Ancient Mariner” group reading. Causley’s “Tell me, Sarah Jane”)
Claire Coleman (some sea poems)
Andrew Lawrence (sea shanty?)
Sue Sims
Ann Cullis (“The Ancient Mariner” group reading, Turner’s sea paintings.

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