Poetry workshop at village hall

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CHEESE and chairs are the subject of a poetry workshop at Chipping Village Hall on Sunday, January 30.

The free workshop, led by local poets Jo Harding and Theresa Robson, is part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Landscape Stories Project, a community heritage project aimed at understanding and celebrating the Bowland landscape by discovering more about the people and rural industries that have helped to shape it.

Using group and individual writing exercises, participants will have the opportunity to write a completed poem or first draft, with a view to possible publication and public reading later in the year.

Jo Harding said: “Cheese and chairs might seem an unlikely combination, but they are an integral part of Ribble Valley’s history, heritage and culture, particularly in Chipping, which can boast the award-winning Leagram Organic Dairy and Britain’s oldest chair manufacturer, Berry’s, which closed last year after 160 years of business.

“Local poets are invited to celebrate these two industries that have contributed so much to Ribble Valley in a practical poetry workshop that will look at how cheese and chairs have been brought alive by published writers, often in surprising ways.”

The workshop is open to writers of any level and is particularly suitable for beginners.

The Landscape Stories Project is supported by a range of funders, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, Lancashire County Council and the Forest of Bowland AONB.

A batik workshop is planned for Slaidburn Village Hall in February as part of the Landscape Stories Project. Workshops are free, but places need to be booked in advance with Sandra Silk at the Forest of Bowland AONB on 01200 448000 (sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk).