I felt so happy to do the Trinity Triangle podcast of BORROWED GROUND for New Writing South and Historic England as part of their High Street Tales project throughout England.
Now, I am even more elated to report that I shall return to this very place to help out with a digital trail of the area this summer – offering editorial help as part of a project with New Writing South, Heart of Hastings and Hastings Write Night’s Wayne Herbert. For this, 10 writers will write prose, poetry, and whatever takes their fancy so that their lovely words can accompany whoever wants to explore the place. Can’t wait to see what emerges! I believe it will be coming out in September this year, so watch this space.
What is that I hear? Not going to Ibiza? Still want to have fun?
Go to my workshops!!!
I may have the solution to all your summer problems. The youth hut on the recreation ground near where I live is not being used all summer, so I decided to fill it with writers! Would you like to join?
There will be a weekly evening course, starting 28 July through to 18 August, 7-8.30pm, and a set of four workshops each Saturday, 10am-2pm, starting 31 July to 21 August.
There will be bursaries as well, offering a few free places to unwaged and low-waged participants, so if this applies, please get in touch with New Writing South at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve put the workshops and course on Eventbrite, so please visit the link below for details on cost and an intro to them. I chose four themes for the workshops: nature, play, memory and senses. These are all things I love to talk about, and to use in my own writing. Hopefully, this love will shine through and there will be some great writing to come of that – or great future writing!
In other news, I continue to write a little, read a little, and think up fairly amusing kids book ideas that I’ve yet to do anything with! And edit. Always editing… in fact, for some great kids books, I can heartily recommend some of the latest from both Quarto/Wide Eyed Editions and Phaidon. I’m biased, of course, but here is a little list of a few books I worked that I also loved:
The Ultimate Art Museum – The imaginary art museum: an educational, inspiring experience without the constraints of space and time.
Rainbows in Bloom – Discovering Colors with Flowers – A groundbreaking, gorgeous book that uses photographs of flowers to introduce children to the rich variety of color
How Old Am I? A first-ever children’s visual reference book on age — and a unique celebration of the diversity of humankind around the globe
Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books – The only English-language anthology of Tomi Ungerer’s picture books available, this bestselling treasury brings eight iconic picture books by the legendary author together in one lavish volume
Explore the Elements – Science meets design in this comprehensive introduction to the chemical elements that make up our universe
Can We Talk About Consent? A book about freedom, choices, and agreement – a great book for teens, with beautiful illustrations.
Great books to read that I’ve had nothing to do with:
A Swim in the Pond in the Rain – George Saunders – just a snippet of what it’s about – soooo good for anyone interested in writing, life and Russians… I like all three, so I’m quids in.
‘A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.’
That’s it from me – happy writing. Robin