Workshops + Participatory Projects

These are some of the participatory projects and independent workshops that RS has designed and delivered. For current available projects or workshops, please check News or the Diary

PISTON, PEN & PRESS (2021): with University of Strathclyde and Historic Environment Scotland / Stanley Mills. Working with local Primary groups to explore the history of Stanley Mills and local poets of the Victorian era who wrote about the Mills; the traditions of having a village poet and a Literary Society. Students wrote their own poems about the industrial era, and their own present day experiences; created their own Literary Society, and a publication of their work was produced. 

 

NEW DECLARATIONS (2020-21): with Hospitalfield and Arbroath 2020+1 Festival. RS devised a creative writing engagement project for young people, responding to the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 2020; considering issues of freedom in a contemporary context. Authors contributed individual short pieces of writing following a series of online workshops with RS. The full collaborative text was edited and compiled by RS, honouring individual voices while weaving them together to a cohesive whole, echoing the form of the original 1320 Declaration.

JOURNEYS INTO THE LITERARY LANDSCAPE (2016-20): with Falkland Centre for Stewardship, session leader then project coordinator for a recurring programme of creative / writing workshops funded by YouthLink Scotland. Working with teenagers and young people in Fife, exploring outdoor environments and making creative visual and written work in response, working with a range of artists and art forms.

POETRY APOTHECARY (2016-20): a series of independent public workshops combining poetry/creative writing with natural perfumery using essential oils. Exploring ideas of holistic creative practice alongside alchemy, aromatherapy, language-as-alchemy, scent and sustainability. Workshops took place at Falkland Centre for Stewardship, The Ecology Centre (Kinghorn, Fife), Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre (Edinburgh), Beckside Books (Penrith, with Wild Women Press). 

PLAYWRIGHTS' STUDIO SCOTLAND (2019): public playwriting workshops with PSS at Perth theatre; and Outwith Festival, Dunfermline.

 

BYRE YOUTH & COMMUNITY ARTS (2019): working with the Byre Young Company to devise and write their own new play.

CARE: MAKING FOR GOOD (2019): with Fife Contemporary and Fife Carers, working with a group of adult carers using the Poetry Apothecary format (see above). Exploring essential oils and the power of scent to affect wellbeing; the role of language in naming and carrying messages; designing and producing new work.

 

WRITING TIME (2019): an independent public workshop exploring links between poetry/creative writing and archaeological concepts, processes and techniques. At Falkland Centre for Stewardship, including a visit to the active dig at East Lomond Hillfort. Producing new written and visual work, and devising new techniques. 

 

CREATIVE CARTOGRAPHIES (2018-19): an independent workshop exploring literary maps and narrative worlds, demonstrating techniques of cartography and deep-mapping through creative writing. Held for public participants at Off the Rails Arthouse, Fife; and at Edge Hill University for MA Creative Writing students. 

CLAY AND THE TAY (2017): with University of Dundee and a team of writers and artists to deliver sessions with Dundee primary groups, exploring the social and natural history of the Tay. Working with local clay to model visual work alongside poetry-writing. 

 

THE WINDOWS PROJECT (2008-14): trained in the design, delivery and coordination of creative workshops and projects through the Writers’ Attachment Scheme. Delivered numerous sessions and projects working with The Windows Project; with Primary and Secondary mainstream and specialist schools; vulnerable adults and young people in community and public venues throughout Liverpool and the NW of England.