Writers’ workshop links in with war commemoration

Writers' workshop at Brighouse Library
Writers' workshop at Brighouse Library

As part of Calderdale’s marking of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, Brighouse Library hosted a writer’s workshop with the poet James Nash on the theme of “Commemoration”.

Led by David Duffy, of Calderdale Libraries, the project is designed to examine the role of Brighouse and the town’s residents in a historical event that saw some of the most creative writers killed in their prime in the trenches.

James worked with a small group, evoking feelings and ideas about objects and images that led to carefully structured poems. The group shared their innermost thoughts on a battered bugle and two vignettes of a brother and sister waiting for war, set in the context of the poetry by Ivor Gurney.

The participants had a wide range of writing skills and experiences and many went away feeling that this had been an inspirational journey.

The event was part of the build-up to Brighouse Festival. It will be followed by a creative art workshop led by Tom Ratcliffe on August 19, as well as a further visit by James Nash on September 17, co-operating with Talking Zebras in developing an exhibition that will take place at the Smith Art Gallery.

Places can be booked at both of these workshops by calling in at Simply Flowers, Harrison Lord, Ryecorn Wholefoods or Brighouse Library, or by telephoning 01484 718324.

For more information, visit www.brighousefestival.co.uk.