Monday, 30 April 2018

Loosen up your creative muscle

As a warm-up exercise each week we pick a random word and write for ten minutes about anything that comes into our heads related to that word. It’s an exercise in loosening the creative muscle. Sometimes we end up with gibberish, and sometimes we end up with something unexpected – a story, a poem, or a memory about something specific.

This week, Dorothy was inspired by the word TABLE and wrote this...

Dorothy's table
I would love to sit at the table to have tea with my son, but he never wants tea downstairs, never mind a table! However, about three years ago, when I came home from work, he told me to shut my eyes.

I thought, ‘Help! What's going to happen?’

He said, "Open them now!" and to my surprise, there was the most beautiful rainbow glass coffee table placed in the middle of the lounge floor.

“Wow!” I said, “this is truly amazing, Son. A million thanks...”

You see, I have wanted a rainbow table for years, and he always said,  "Don't be so flippin’ weird, Mum." So you can imagine how blessed I felt, to know he'd remembered. The thing was, it came just after the heartbreak of losing my mum. He thought it would make me smile again. It sure did. I asked him how on earth did he manage to find such a perfect rainbow table.

“Mr Google, of course,” he said.

It still has pride place in our lounge. On the table there are always candles burning – I love my scented candles – a glass of red wine, a book, and always a notebook of some sort, and pens and pencils. When I got it he did say I wasn't allowed to clutter it, but he approves because in my house he knows there are always notebooks and pens on tables, chairs and even the floor.

I just adore my rainbow table. A few friends, and even my landlord, have nearly fallen over it. But I always say, “Breaka my table, and I breaka yir jaw!" Ha ha!

I guess it's been my favourite table of all time.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

D was once a doddery dodo

This week, one of our writing games was inspired by Edward Lear's alphabet poem, 'A was once an apple pie...' We each picked a few letters of the alphabet and created our own mini versions of the poem.

We really liked this one from Elspeth, and she has bravely agreed to be the first group member to go public. 

D was once a doddery dodo,
Dafty, downy don't know how do,
Did it die, too dim, no know how?
Dash it all it didn't have to,

Dodo, don't go, long gone dodo.    

Friday, 20 April 2018

And they're off...

Last night was our very first group meeting as South Lakeland Writers, and I think it's fair to say that we all enjoyed it. We spent some time getting to know each other, worked on our first writing exercises together - some of which we will share with you - and laughed a great deal. 

The group is not full yet, so there is still the opportunity to join us. You don't have to commit to the whole term and are welcome to drop in. 

We next meet on Thursday 26th April,  at Unit 31, the Factory, Aynam Road, Kendal, and it's only £7 per session. (Or call to ask about concessions)

Contact us by email @ 
or call: 07927 720497

Friday, 6 April 2018

Time to sign up to South Lakes Writers...

Starting Thursday 19 April,  7 – 9 pm, for 10 Weeks

At Unit 31, the Factory, Aynam Road, Kendal

£7 per session or £50 in advance for the whole term.
(Call to ask about concessions)

To book your place: Email

Or call: 07927 720497

Materials and Refreshments provided, for a small donation to a local charity

We look forward to meeting you,

Claire & Wendy