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Speaking to the Shelves: Creative Writing Workshop-Matthew Hedley Stoppard

by The Leeds Library


Have you always been a reader? Have you ever fancied having a go at writing creatively but haven’t yet devoted time to it? Perhaps you are an experienced writer looking for a new form to explore or need some good old-fashioned inspiration.

Our Spring Speaking to the Shelves creative writing programme begins with Matthew Hedley Stoppard: rendering place and time in poetry on Saturday 18th January, 1.30pm-3.30pm with the option to stay from 3.30-4.30pm for feedback. Tickets are £13. 

Matthew Hedley Stoppard is the UK’s first official Town Poet in Otley. He has two collections published by Valley Press, the first, ‘A Family Behind Glass’, was a Guardian Readers’ Book of the Year. Matthew is a competition winner and his poems and stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers, including Iota, Magma and Shearsman, and on programmes for BBC Radio 3, 4 and 6music.

Further workshops in the programme can be found here: https://www.theleedslibrary.org.uk/events 

The programme is supported by funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.

Becky Cherriman curates this series of creative writing workshops, which generally run on the third Saturday of the month at The Leeds Library. Each workshop deals with a particular aspect or genre of writing. Guided by established writers, you will draw inspiration from the library’s collections to write and then receive feedback on your work in this stimulating environment. Workshops will draw on Dewey Decimal themes such as History; Social Problems and Social Services; Customs, Etiquette and Folklore; Life Sciences; History, description, critical appraisal of more than two literatures;

Becky Cherriman is a Yorkshire writer, workshop leader and performer. She works part-time as Creative Writing Community Development Officer for The University of Leeds. Published by Seren, Mslexia, New Walk, Envoi, Mother’s Milk, Bloodaxe, Well Versed, Moving Worlds and The North, she was resident poet for Morley Literature Festival in 2013 and lead artist for Altofts Festival In A Day 2016. ‘Echolocation’, her first poetry pamphlet, and first collection ‘Empires of Clay’ were published in 2016 by Mother’s Milk and Cinnamon Press respectively. Her agnostic poem Jesus Lives was highly commended in the Forward Prizes 2017.

Date and Time

Sat, January 18, 2020

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


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