Geraldine Green Writer in Residence

For this week’s #MyLocalMuseum theme of ‘Creative People’ We are delighted to introduce Ulverston-based poet and creative writing tutor Geraldine Green as our writer-in-residence. Sharing the Quaker Tapestry and its stories with people who in turn create their own stories to tell.

Geraldine began her residency with us in 2019, running four workshops where people used the tapestry panels to prompt and inspire their creative writing. And we’ve another workshop lined up on Saturday 17 July

The story of how this community tapestry was produced, and why each detail was included, continues to captivate all.
The results, brilliant poetry and prose, is testament to the talents of workshop participants – and the power of the ‘stories behind the stitches’

This is the best kind of productivity, relaxing, fulfilling and not deadline driven. Done amidst the calm of the Quaker meeting house, home to the tapestry. Away from the pressures of everyday life, and stimulated by others, helps words to flow.

The output of these workshops is now available as a book – Colours of Kendal. The anthology has helped fund our writer-in-residence project this year.

Geraldine has had residence at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, home to George Fox, Margaret Fell and the birthplace of the Quaker Movement. And she’s been a writer-in-residence at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin.

Geraldine says: “The spirit of the Quakers, their ethos and peaceful reform, their concern for the environment and importance of communities, are all issues that are close to my heart and resonate most strongly in these uncertain times. It’s an honour to be writer-in-residence at such a beautiful venue. A grade two listed Georgian meeting house, and home to Quaker Tapestry. It’s a double delight to be celebrating the tapestries through poetry and prose”

Online Creative Writing Workshop, Saturday 17th July

Journey along the rivers and incredible landscapes of Cumbria with local writer Geraldine Green. Further information and booking

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“An extraordinary history starting in the Lake District in 1652, founding banks, chocolate companies, building railways, establishing Pennsylvania, chatting with Russian Czars and Turkish Sultans.”

Who would have thought Quakers would be so interesting!