If photographs could talk…

Already a keen or budding writer? Always fancied having a go but didn’t know where to start? In a rut and need new ideas, or just starting out and need a boost of confidence? Has lockdown encouraged you to try something new, but you’re yet to find the right thing? Fancied registering for a writing course at some point, but couldn’t afford it? If photographs could talk is a new project, made possible by Arts Council funding, aimed at stimulating writers of all ages (aged 10 to adult) and levels of experience to ‘find a voice’ for a series of historical photographs. And if you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then this free creative writing project could be just the thing for you!

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The Cockermouth Heritage Group is part of Kirkgate Arts, and holds a rich collection of documents, images and artefacts relating to the history of Cockermouth and the surrounding area. Every Tuesday for six weeks commencing 8th September 2020, local writer Lucy Burnett will provide a weekly writing prompt inviting you to respond to the images in imaginative ways through new poetry, stories or scripts – to bring the photograph back to life by finding a voice for the characters or artefacts, viewing the scene from a new perspective, or discovering the story hidden in the static scenes.

In the video below, Lucy introduces the project, and provides some details about her own background and interests, plus a warm-up writing exercise to get the creative juices flowing. For more information on the project see How it will work… , and there is more more background on Lucy Burnett here. The first week’s prompt has been made publicly available to give you a flavour of the project, but this and other pages will be made private to registered participants from 14th September onwards, when the prompts will become password protected.

To sign-up, please email us at writing@thekirkgate.com with details of your name, address, age category (adult or under-18), phone number and email adress. For other queries, our contact details are available here. Please note that there are a limited number of places, and registration closes on 14th September, so best to sign up sooner rather than later if you’re interested!

Local writer Lucy Burnett introduces ‘If photographs cold talk…’
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