The Memory Garden

Wow. Over the last two days myself, Linda France and our wonderful volunteers Rob Haughton, Sherezade Garcia-Rangel and Susan Giles have managed to gather over 350 memories about gardens: written on luggage tags by visitors to our Memory Garden and tied onto our two saplings, birch and larch. The memories will now be anonymised and … Continue reading The Memory Garden

The Memory Garden @ Bridges Festival(13/14 August 2011)

This weekend is the inaugural Bridges Festival in Newcastle-Gateshead and NCLA and Beacon NE will be running a Memory Garden at the Gateshead end of the Swing Bridge with myself and the poet Linda France as writers-in-residence. We want you to bring along your memories of finding a garden and losing yourself in it. Can you remember … Continue reading The Memory Garden @ Bridges Festival(13/14 August 2011)

Teaching: Newcastle University International Summer School (NUISS) 2011

For the fourth year running I've been teaching the prose element of the Newcastle University International Summer School (NUISS) creative writing module (with Stevie Ronnie taking able care of the poetry element). This morning was my final seminar with Nathalie and Elina, and tomorrow I'm nipping across the border to teach on the SUISS creative … Continue reading Teaching: Newcastle University International Summer School (NUISS) 2011