Local residents and aspiring writers are invited to take part in a series of free poetry workshops, a strand of Cheshire’s Great War Stories – looking across historic Cheshire to commemorate the First World War. Remembering both soldiers and those left behind, the series of workshops will focus around the themes of ‘Serving Your Country’, ‘On the Home Front’ and ‘Tender Loving Care’.
Run by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Chester Library, in partnership with Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, the Heritage Lottery-funded workshops are aimed at anyone over the age of 15 and will take place throughout May, June and July.
New and aspiring writers and residents will have the opportunity to work with award-winning performance poet Dominic Berry, who has previously worked on the “Mabel’s War” strand of Cheshire’s Great War Stories. Senior Librarian, Debbie Owen, said: “This is a unique opportunity for local residents interested in our borough’s rich history to come and find out more about the real-life situations families found themselves in throughout World War One. “Workshop participants will use original archives and local studies material from the Cheshire Record Office and Chester Library to inspire their imagination through poetry with this series of workshops. “Whether you are an experienced poet, or a complete beginner, everyone is welcome. You can also dip in and out and attend as many or as few as you want.” The Cheshire Great War Stories Poetry workshops will run from 6 to 8 pm on the following Thursdays – May 1 and 15, June 5 and 19, July 3 and 17 at Chester Library. A celebration evening on Wednesday July 30 will round off the workshops and include a performance of some of the poetry created in them. Workshops are free of charge, but as space is limited participants should book their place by contacting Chester Library on 01244 977380.