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Poem and Plant Hunters

Isn’t it lovely when you can have a chat with a group of artists and talk about the creative process?

Well back in March I got to do exactly that with The Poem and Plant Hunters. A very talented group of artists expertly facilitated by Brigid Collins. To be fair, initially I was doing most of the talking but we discussed where ideas come from, what influences our work and how we go about recording and pulling our ideas together into a finished article.

I am quite familiar with responding, as a poet, to a piece of visual art but completely bowled over to have the tables turned and find artwork created in response to a piece I had written. An astonishing and very humbling experience. Since then, I am increasingly finding art and poetry difficult to separate. I am beginning to recognize a creative loop.

For more information about Brigid and her work see; Arist and Educator - Brigid Collins (


 Ruth Gilchrist will be doing a reading and leading a writing workshop for adults on the theme “Imagine; a response to climate change” on the 9th of March from 1.50pm to 3pm in Haddington Library. Ruth won the Tyne and Esk ; Writer Of The Year award in 2015 and aims to write every day, inspired by the environment and people around her. Spaces are limited so booking is essential via phone 01620 820680 or email

Scottish Poetry Library

During 2021 I have facilitated monthly online poetry writing workshops for The Scottish Poetry Library’s; Writing Mothers Poetry Group. In addition, providing in person bespoke creative writing workshops for Spott Community Association and East Lothian Library services. If you would be interested in hosting a workshop/set of creative writing workshops please get in touch to discuss.

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Writing Her-Stories (November 2021)

Workshop hosted in collaboration with with East Lothian Libraries, Scottish Book Trust and Book Week Scotland.

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Unlocking the Secret Life of the Garden Shed (June 2021)

Does your garden spade know a thing or two about you? Does your wheelbarrow have a mind of its own?
No experience necessary just bring a pen, paper and let’s have fun exploring the secret life of your garden shed in this small and friendly writing workshop.

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