Writing Workshops 2019

These workshops are offered by subscribers to the Bath Writers and Artists Group, but are NOT part of the subscription series and are held in a variety of places, most often NOT in the BRLSI and sometimes to groups which are not open to non-subscribers.   Contact the workshop provider, or click the given links,  for further details.


Monday 23rd September 2019

Appledore Festival Writers’ Workshop with Sue Boyle 10am to 2pm

festival website link : Appledore Festival


So long lives this, and this gives life to thee

Words are a way of sharing what matters most to us. They are our testaments, our markers in passing time. Through words, we can record what we have seen and treasured in our lives and gift these things to other people in other places, other cultures, sometimes even translated into other languages.  Words can express urgency.  They also have a remarkable power to endure. 

This writers’ workshop will travel from Shakespeare’s famous love sonnet to the recent video poem Rise: From One Island to Another  in which Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna combine their witness to the frailty of two of earth’s endangered places in the face of climate change.

What do we want to witness in our own writing?  What gifts of things seen and treasured might we offer the world beyond ourselves?  As well as creating our individual testaments during the workshop, we will take time to share some of what we have written in a collective piece.  To borrow Patrick Leigh Fermor’s beguiling title – itself borrowed from Louis Macneice – together in Appledore we will create A Time of Gifts.


Saturday 9th March 2019
Poems from Xanadu / The Usefulness of Dream : Guest Workshop to be given by SUE BOYLE to the North Devon Stanza Group in Barnstaple.

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Saturday 17th November 2018

Frankenstein for the 21st century”

A second workshop by MICHAEL LOVEDAY on Mary Shelley’s novel, examining the story (via close reading of extracts) in the light of contemporary issues in our society and in literary studies. Booked separately – no requirement to attend both workshops. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Cheese & Grain, Frome. Booking available here: https://fromecommed.org.uk/courses/id/frankenstein-for-the-21st-century

Friday 19th October 2018
SUE BOYLE ran a morning Guest Workshop for the Torbay Festival of Poetry on the theme of NEW FOUND LANDS. Some of the most daring and treasured poems arise when memory and imagination work as one.   How else would we have Kubla Khan, The Ode to a Nightingale and  Sailing to Byzantium?  This workshop will begin with Adam and Eve and a monkey in hot water and deliver a feast of dazzling new work. Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay.


Saturday 13th October : “Mary and the Monster” – Frankenstein in context
MICHAEL LOVEDAY ran a workshop on former Bath resident Mary Shelley’s classic novel, in the 200-year anniversary of its first publication. Discussion (via informative handouts) will focus on aspects of the novel’s biographical, literary, historical and philosophical context. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Cheese & Grain, Frome. Booking available here: https://fromecommed.org.uk/courses/id/mary-and-the-monster


Saturday September 15th 2018
SUE BOYLE ran  an all day  Guest Workshop for the Moor Poets in Devon on the theme of SHARING OUR BRIGHT FIELDS. Venue: Village Hall, Broadhempston near Totnes.


Many of us  feel a shock of delighted recognition whenever we encounter R.S. Thomas’ poem, The Bright Field.  Part of the delight comes from knowing at once that we have bright fields of our own to which we also can turn aside “like Moses to the miracle of the lit bush.” It is part of being a poet to want to share these treasured places with our readers and listeners.  How best to do this? What can we learn from other writers who have done this successfully?   This workshop will be a day of sharing our own “pearls of great price” and taking away inspiration from the poets we work with and from the places we have shared.

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.


Saturday 10th February 2018
MICHAEL LOVEDAY Raymond Carver workshop  in Frome (at the ‘Cheese and Grain’ venue) on Saturday week (13th) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. See Michael’s link below. 

Saturday 13th January 2018
MICHAEL LOVEDAY ran  a workshop on Seamus Heaney in Frome (at the ‘Cheese and Grain’ venue) on Saturday week (13th) from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. It will be very accessible – we’ll read some of his poems, prose, interviews etc, (put in the context of his contemporaries / predecessors too) and listen to some audio recordings. No advance preparation required! Lots of handouts to take away.