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Writing Skyscapes: new perspectives


Writing Skyscapes: new perspectives

Writing Skyscapes: new perspectives

Join us for Writing Skyscapes, a two-day writing workshop exploring our relationship with the sky in prehistoric, contemporary, rural and urban contexts.

Our Saturday workshop will take place at Creswell Crags. Activities will include presentations by experts in the field of cultural astronomy, a landscape walk, access to the caves and a writing workshop and reading with poet Holly Corfield Carr.

On Sunday, Writing Skyscapes will relocate to Backlit gallery, close to the centre of Nottingham. Led by writer Richard Hamblyn, author of The Cloud Book, and researchers from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Sunderland, participants will generate writing in response to a newly curated exhibition of contemporary skyscape images.

These workshops offer a friendly and supportive environment and participants are not expected to have any prior experience of creative writing or knowledge of the field.

Some participants will have the opportunity to have their writing displayed alongside the exhibited skyscapes images. Other opportunities to display participants’ writing may be possible.

There are 14 places available for Writing Skyscapes. Single days cannot be booked.

For travel information and access arrangements please follow the links below:

Dates, venues and provisional timetable


Day I - Writing the Sky: a rural perspective

Saturday 30th March

11am – 8/9pm

At Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre, Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH


11.00 am

Arrive/welcome (refreshments provided)

11.30 am            

Introductory writing activity

12.00 pm           

Landscape/skyscape walk (weather permitting*)

1.30 pm              

Lunch (provided)

2.30 pm              

Robin Hood Cave: immersive experience and writing workshop (led by poet Holly Corfield Carr)

4.30 pm              

Break (refreshments provided)

4.45 pm              

Church Hole Cave: rock art tour (access to cave & tour subject to change*)

6.15 pm              


7.15 pm              

Poetry reading at sunset with Holly Corfield Carr (weather permitting*)

8.00 pm              

Observing the sky (weather permitting*)



* alternative activities will be provided if necessary

Day II: Writing the Sky: an urban perspective

Sunday 31st March

9am – 4pm

At Backlit Gallery, Alfred House, Ashley Street, Nottingham, NG3 1JG

9.00 am              

Arrive/welcome (refreshments provided)

9.30 am              

Reflective writing

10.15 am            

Interactive talk and viewing of skyscape images

11.30 am            

Writing workshop with Richard Hamblyn (refreshments provided)

1.30 pm              

Lunch (provided)

2.00 pm              

Writing, editing and feedback

3.00 pm              

Break (refreshments provided)

3.15 pm              

Sharing writing

4.00 pm              

Close and evaluation

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