Write On Mexborough! is a creative writing group for residents originally funded by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and provided by the Ted Hughes Project, South Yorkshire. The original sessions were delivered by Steve Ely, a novelist and award-winning poet. The aim is to re-establish to group through a series of workshops, each six-session “term” hosted by a different writer. Special thanks go to Right Up Our Street and Arts Council England for developing the first phase of Write On Mexborough!
The first term of Write On Mexborough! sessions this year will be taking place between July and September 2019, culminating in a performance at the Ted Hughes Poetry Festival on Wednesday 11th September. Please note that these sessions are now fully booked.
These sessions will be focused on developing a collection of poetry and will be run by Suzannah Evans.
Suzannah lives in Sheffield and her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. She has had poems published in The Rialto, The North, Magma and Poetry Review and her poem ‘Helpline’ has been ‘Poem of the Week’ on the Guardian website. She has been a Hawthornden fellow and was one of the 2015 Aldeburgh Eight. Suzannah works as a teacher of creative writing and a poetry editor. Suzannah is the winner of a Gladstone’s Library residency for 2019 with Near Future, published by Nine Arches Press in 2018.
If you are interested in joining the Write On Mexborough! sessions with Suzannah Evans then please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You need to be able to come to the dates and times listed below. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that these sessions are now fully booked.
Workshops are FREE but there are a limited number of places available. You must be able to commit to the dates and times listed below to receive the greatest benefit.
Write On Mexborough! sessions for this summer will take place at Mexborough Business Centre on the following days:
Monday 1st July 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 15th July 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 29th July 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 12th August 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 19th August 2019, 6.30-8.30pm
Monday 2nd September 2019, 6.30-8.30pm.
Further groups of Write On Mexborough! sessions are being planned for the autumn.
Write On Mexborough!: a personal view
When I discovered that there was to be a group starting in Mexborough, I was enthusiastic. I was also very glad to see that there was an application procedure; perhaps this would mean that I could forget about my trepidations. Although the application procedure wasn’t lengthy or overly complicated, it would hopefully mean that the extra effort to join would attract only serious participants.
I have met some fantastic individuals; diverse, serious about their work and generous with their feedback. There is a workmanship quality to the group, people are open to learning new things and taking on board new ideas. The format of the sessions means that ‘taught’ sessions are in equal measure with peer critique sessions.
I have personally felt very privileged to be participating in free university-style seminars on all manner of writers and writing techniques. It has opened my eyes to many aspects of writing I plan to use in my own practice. It has given us all the opportunity to experience a taste of university-level teaching and dialogue, at no cost. This is a rarity!
I realize that I may be in danger of making the WOM group sound very formal. It is serious about its vision in encouraging and nurturing writers in Mexborough and the local area, but by no means is it intimidating, pretentious or uninviting. Hobnobs and a cuppa are mandatory half way through, and this extends into a friendly pint in the local pub afterwards.
It doesn’t matter what genre you write in, everyone is welcomed.
If you are a writer (or want to be), become a member of WOM. Leave those trepidations at home.
A Write On Mexborough! Writer, April 2017
Watch the Write On Mexborough! film (produced in association with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership):