The Yards of Kendal – Creative Writing Workshop
27th June 2020
Saturday 27th June, 10am-4pm. £40
This years exciting programme of Creative Writing workshops is set around the theme of ‘Journeys’. Each workshop is a stand alone one, so you’re welcome to come to one or more of them.
Come and join tutor Geraldine Green and local writer Kerry Darbishire and explore Kendal’s famous Yards. Workshops and cottage industries included weaving, dyeing, snuff-making, bobbin-turners, grinding oak bark for tanneries, these Yards formed a rich and fascinating part of Kendal’s history. Not forgetting that water from local rivers and becks was an integral part of this story.
Many of the industries were owned and worked by Quakers. One such was Arthur W. Simpson, a Kendal Quaker and craftsman in wood. He opened his first workshop at 25 Finkle St in 1885, following the Arts and Crafts Movement, letting simplicity be his guide. Another was a Quaker called Braithwaite a dry-salter and six-time mayor who set up a soup kitchen for poor Kendalians. Note: part of the afternoon session will be spent visiting some of these Yards, hearing their backstories and writing in response.
Would you like to know more about the Quaker Tapestry embroidered panels? During our creative writing workshops, led by tutor and writer-in-residence, Geraldine Green, you will delve into the stories and journeys behind the creation of these unique textile pieces.
Each workshop will comprise of a series of gentle writing prompts and variety of stimuli based around the Quaker Tapestry panels, enabling you to create new writing in a safe and supportive setting. There’ll be time to; engage with the tapestries on your own, enjoy quiet writing time and reflection, choose whether to sit in the historic Georgian building or in the Peace Garden.
You don’t need any previous creative writing experience and you can write in any genre you choose: poetry, prose, letters or a journal. For those of you who have done some writing before, this is an opportunity to discover a new source of inspiration and refresh your skills.
There’ll be an opportunity, for those who wish, to share what you’ve written during the session with the group and tutor, or you can just listen. Hand-outs for group discussion, relating to each workshop, will be provided by the tutor.
What’s included? There will be paper, pens and pencils available for you to use during the workshop or you can bring your own preferred writing tools with you. Hot drinks and biscuits are ‘on-tap’ throughout the session, home cooked lunches, teas and coffees are available to buy from the on-site Garden Cafe and Takeaway. FREE entry to the Quaker Tapestry Museum for all attendees on the day of the workshop.
With each yarn and stitch a story is told, a journey taken, of the rivers and becks that flow into the Kent, of the Yards of Kendal and the people, flora and fauna who lived, crafted and grew alongside them and of the sheep and wool.
Quaker Tapestry Museum project ‘The Fabric of Kendal’, is kindly supported by Kendal Town Council