Writing the senses

Sat 13 July 11am - 12pm

Creative writing workshop, suitable for writers and non-writers - writing from the senses

This short writing workshop gives you time to stand and stare and is an opportunity to take time to reconnect with the senses, stimulate the imagination and appreciate what surrounds us in the unique environment of London Road Cemetery.

Info

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Those lines from Leisure by William Henry Davies are often quoted as wishful thinking, especially with the pace of today’s lifestyle.  As we rush from one daily activity to the next, we pay brief attention to our environment let alone notice the subtlety of the colours, sounds, smells, and other aspects of our environment. This short writing workshop, suitable for writers and non-writers, gives you time to stand and stare and is an opportunity to take time to reconnect with the senses, stimulate the imagination and appreciate what surrounds us in a unique environment.

The workshop is led by Jo Roberts:

Jo Roberts was BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s First Poet Laureate and has been writing for over 40 years, she has run writing workshops throughout the area including Stratford on Avon Literary Festival, Wolverhampton Writers, Coventry Literary Festival, various Community Groups and also gives talks on the process of creative writing runs the Writer’s Hub which she began over 18 years ago.

Jo has worked with the BBC at The Mailbox in Birmingham to promote adult literacy and worked with the BBC running storytelling workshops as part of Max and Lara’s Amazing Travelling Space Circus and has been a regular on local Radio. Her work includes poetry on the Guardian website, in anthologies (Bluebeard’s Wives published by Heaven Tree Press, Come into the House, published by Corazon Books), pantomime scripts for radio and Midlands Today TV, stage play for Fargo Coventry, writing and producing radio drama for hospital radio, commissioned work for Poetry on Loan and poetry for various organisations and the National Winner of The Sir Alan Ayckbourn award for Best Ten Minute Play in 2017 and 2019 and runner up in 2020 .

Jo has also been highly placed in national poetry, scriptwriting and short story competitions and is one of 24 poets chosen nationally that has a poem engraved on a plaque in the middle of a country park in Huddersfield! Jo has also performed poetry at The Belgrade Theatre, Criterion Theatre, Coventry University, The Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry and Warwick Words, as well as various other venues throughout the city and surrounding area. 

 

Practical information

For age 12 +.  Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Supported by National Lottery players, with funding from by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

 

Tickets

Writing the senses

11am - 12pm

Useful information

  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the chapel
  • Dedicated Blue Badge parking within the car park

What's on

There’s always plenty to see and do at Historic Coventry Trust places.