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Writing the Ancestors – a walking and writing workshop

FREE, but booking essential as places limited, please click on the headline for more info and the booking link.
Join local writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton (please call her Pomme!) on an original and thought provoking creative workshop.

Local writer and storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton leads a creative writing journey through the cemetery. We will explore ideas of heritage – personal and local, imagined and actual. Inspired by the surroundings of the cemetery we will draw on: our senses; memories; inventions; snippets of history; the mystery of the cemetery, and the stories our our own ancestors. The workshop will start with walking, looking and jotting down ideas. As we walk, Pomme will guide you through simple, flowing creative writing tasks, taking inspiration from the history of the cemetery, its incredible architecture and the people who have been buried here. We will end up at the chapel, where we can sit indoors and develop our writing, reflecting on our own ancestors and heritage, exploring how the past is alive in the present. We will end by those who want to, sharing a few fragments of what they have written.

This workshop is for adults and 16+ only.

The theme of the walk and its environment means that it will touch on memories of the past and of people we have loved and lost.

Please bring a pen and a notebook, and all weather clothes! The walk and workshop will last about about an hour and 45 mins.

If you have any queries on accessibility, or anything else, please contact Kim Hart on khart@lambeth.gov.uk

Book your places here as places are limited. 

More on Pomme:

Sally Pomme Clayton (do call her Pomme!) is a pioneering storyteller and writer who has been creating performances, books and plays for more than 40 years, and has played a pivotal role in the storytelling revival. She creates unique work for theatres and museums, gardens and galleries, festivals and broadcast across the UK and beyond. Recently appearing at: Museum of Comedy, Bloomsbury Festival; West Horsley Place; Exeter Lit Works; The Royal Opera House; Chelsea Physic Garden; Cambridge Junction; The British Library; Thames Festival; Kings Place; Edinburgh Literature Festival; The British Museum; Dhaka Lit Fest, Hakaya Festival, Jordan.. Her ground-breaking shows focus on powerful female protagonists, such as 'The Frog Princess Punked' a feisty feminist fairytale with girl punk band and live projections. She is Associate Artist at Omnibus Theatre and author of 15 children's books. Her latest books are: 'Violet and the Sea Giant' (Autin Dance 2022); 'The King with Dirty Feet' (Otter-Barry Books 2021/2018) winner of The Oxford Book Award best picture book 2019; 'The Phoenix of Persia' (Tiny Owl Books 2019) nominated for the Greenaway Award 2020 and the UKLA award. She wrote five-star reviewed 'The Little Prince' (based on the book by Saint-Exupéry) for Omnibus Theatre (2019). Many of her books focus on female heroines and she has just published her first book for adults, 'The Mighty Goddess- world myths' illustrated by Sophie Herxheimer ( The History Press 2023). She is currently leading 'Remembered Remedies' a story sharing project at Chelsea Physic Garden. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985 spearheading and transforming storytelling across the UK.

For more information about Sally and her work, follow this link: www.sallypommeclayton.com/


event date: 

Saturday, September 30, 2023