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Trees in Mind: Free Creative Workshop

15th May 2019 @ 14:00 - 16:00

Join poet Gaia Holmes to explore words – spoken and written – based on lives from WW1 solders from our area.

The workshop at Marsden Library will be delivered by Gaia Holmes, a Luddenden-born poet whose work digs beneath the surface of mundane, urban life to reveal a remarkable seam of exoticism. Her carnival of characters – bingo callers, burger sellers, critical theorists – are all cast from the least expected places but, rejuvenated by Gaia’s verse, find a new voice and a new ability to captivate.  She is also a creative writing tutor who works with schools, libraries and other community groups throughout the West Yorkshire region

Trees In Mind project is offering a series of creative writing workshops across the Colne Valley to immortalise the journey of the valley during World War One. From individual stories on the front to the women’s suffrage in the mills, all aspects of life and death in the Valley will be brought back to life through storytelling, poetry and spoken word.

Each workshop will produce a short text based piece to commemorate an aspect of life in the valley or trenches from 1914 to 18. These will create a series of enamel plaques marking the way of a new walk linking the war memorials in the valley to a newly planted oak woodland in Marsden. Each oak represents a soldier who gave his life in the war and each copse of trees represents a memorial. Come along and be part of a workshop that will take our past into our future, creating a permanent personal and historical legacy from all those who take part.


FREE, book online.


15th May 2019
14:00 - 16:00


Marsden Library
Marsden Mechanics Hall, Peel Street
Marsden, West Yorkshire HD7 6BW United Kingdom
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