Poetry in motion

0
Have your say

A HOST of celebrated writers delivered workshops to pupils in Wigan as part of a project to encourage creativity.

Wigan Pier Workshops, founded by Kat Lewis and author Stephen Armstrong, is a scheme aimed at mixing youngsters with professionals from all over the UK to tell their story, teach skills and get everyone writing.

Writers Malika Booker and Joelle Taylor, right, at the writing workshop, part of the Wigan Pier Workshops

Writers Malika Booker and Joelle Taylor, right, at the writing workshop, part of the Wigan Pier Workshops

Among those attending was acclaimed author Anthony Horowitz, who has written The Diamond Brothers, Alex Rider and The Power of Five series for youngsters. He spoke to pupils about his career and how to develop their skills further.

He has also written adult plays, and has contributed numerous scripts to ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders, as well as being the creator of the ITV series Foyle’s War, Collision and Injustice.

Other professionals lent their experiences to the scheme, with poet James Bryne, writer Richard Skinner, Malika Booker, a poet, coach and writing mentor, and Joelle Taylor, a writer, director and performer, also speaking to youngsters.

Sean Dodson also spoke to pupils about writing and journalism and John Hegley delivered a session based on his poetry and ukulele.

Kadish Morris and playwright Avaes Mohammed brought the week of activities to a close at Sunshine House in Scholes.

Barbara Nettleton, who runs the community site, said: “We are passionate about encouraging youngsters to pursue their dreams of being writers.

“It has been a fantastic week and the writers have been absolutely phenomenal.

“The youngsters got so much out of it and it is now developing its own kudos and taking shape.

“It has been a busy week, but has been well worth it.”

“It is fantastic that children at school are given these opportunities to work with such successful people in the industry.”

The workshops were funded by Wigan Council’s Brighter Borough fund.