Get Writing Taster Session- Lymefield

This Friday, 24th August 2018, 7-8.30 p.m.


Delighted to have been asked to run a Creative Writing taster session at one of my favourite places: Lymefield Arts and Craft Centre, Broadbottom, Hyde, Tameside. SK14 6AG

Informal, all welcome. Fun activities designed to appeal to and stimulate your personal muses, and encourage you to develop your writing in more engaging ways. Fee of £5 includes refreshments.

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Disley Library Presents..


“Another exciting Author Event to look forward to on Tuesday 19th July.Margaret Holbrook, Pamela Turton and Mark Henderson will be entertaining us with readings from their books. Come along and join us for this free event. Tea and biscuits will be served.”

Disley Library
Off Buxton Old Road
SK12 2BB (Location Map)

Phone: 01625 374717

Merry May – Open Mic Event Tameside 28th May

Merry Month of May Theme – Open Mic Event
Denton Library

Saturday 28th May, 10.30am – 12.30pm


 Tomorrow, come and share readings, or just to listen, about the inspiring  month of May. I’ll be reading a scene from my fourth novel (which I’m currently editing- bit of a slog – hoping to launch this summer!)

If you are starting out or are a seasoned performer, come along and read your own work, or those of other writers, in a very encouraging atmosphere. Bring something on the theme of May, or any work of your own choice. Ideas and suggestions around the month of May included: Merry Month of May, Maypole, May Day, May Flower, Whit Walks and Brass Bands. All welcome!

Admission: Free. No need to book just turn up. Please contact for further information.

Venue:  Denton Library, Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP.

 For more upcoming activities visit the Tameside What’s On Online Calendar.

Every Picture tells A Story – Get Writing

Interested in Creative Writing, good Photography?

Want to get started and haven’t yet?

Why not join our fun sessions to get your creative mojo flowing? Starting end of September in Hadfield.

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Local photographer, William Binns, and local teacher-writer, Pamela Turton, have extended their original workshop to a series of four sessions, using Bill’s brilliant photos as a starting-point and stimulus for creative writing.

You will build up a piece of writing using an image which inspires you and a fun activity as a starting point. The first selection will be ‘free-style’, followed by three more sessions which will focus on developing more specific forms of writing using images with themes.

When? Tuesday eves, 7-8.30 p.m. 29th Sept., 13th Oct., 20th Oct., 27th Oct.

Where? The Craft Barn Hadfield, SK13 1AR (near Hadfield Rail Station)

How much? £12 for 4 sessions (in advance for saving) £3.50 drop-in fee (to cover costs).


If you want to be sure of a place or have a question, you can leave a message via:

Email: info@pamelaturton

Twitter: @pamelaturton  @dusty498


More information about Bill’s work on the link above also, and on and

(Follow up courses to improve your skills planned for 2016: Winter (Feb/March) Creative Writing; Spring (from April) Basic Photography Skills

1st Creative Pot Luck Turns Into Something Of A Feast

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When our Glossop Creative Social Group decided to get its feet wet with our first Open Mic session, ‘Pot Luck Creatives Bring In The New Year’, we didn’t know what would be served up. We were in for quite a treat – a diverse plateful of art, music and spoken word.

This was the ‘menu’:

The Wednesday Club, band: surefire starters for warming us up, with their vivacious sound and the ‘smoked honey’ vocals of the lead singer, Zoe Ey. Popular local line-up who generously supported all the other acts by volunteering to set up first and helping with microphones etc.

Me: reading from my latest novel, The Life Coach Less Travelled  (an extract my readers found funny; where the third client of the questionable Life Coach consults her about weight loss).

Steady Eddie, Edman Braithwaite,artist/singer/songwriter/guitarist: upped the beat further, with his song, ‘Positive Vibes’ setting the tone for the whole evening.

Georgia Turner, performing arts, writer: thoughtful and sensitive poem ‘It’s What Happens Now That Matters’; perfect encouragement for the New Year.

Theresa Rowan, poet/musician: hypnotic concoction of percussion and ‘Stream’ themed poetry, invoking ancient roots of folk-lore, both celebrating nature and haunting us with a reminder of the desolation and destruction of man-made environments .

Margaret Holbrook, poet, novelist: delightful segue into our pagan past, with poems ‘January’, drawing on Anglo-Saxon culture, and ‘February’, with allusions to myths and festivals of old, then ‘To Earth, A Love Poem’; charming metaphors of the garden; “In Spring, he saw her in a new light.”

Doug Torr, singer/songwriter/musician: kept us in happy folk-y mood, evoking, I thought, the spirit of Simon and Garfunkel with his original songs and guitar-playing.

Simon Robinson, poet: accelerated us into the the present day at high-speed with his hilariously ironic ‘love’ poems, ‘Texting You’ and ‘Power’, lending new meaning to the term, ‘hot rod’.

Mark Henderson, writer, storyteller : wonderfully-delivered tale of a walk through a graveyard on a dark night, building suspense  to a humorous twist in conclusion.

Rob Stevens,writer, singer/songwriter, guitarist:his song about a soldier going into the trenches in World War 1, poignantly portrayed a sense of melancholic apprehension.

Maddy Kensdale, chanteuse: surprise introduction of a French flavour with an accomplished, moving rendition of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Boheme’.

Phil Poyser, poet: comically brought us back to reality with his New Year poems: Poem One (ends up deleted), Poem Two – ‘New Year’s Lament’, (written a year later and somehow involving Hot Cross buns) and finally ‘Wistful Twister’, revealing ‘Kyliephilic’ dreams of playing ‘Twister’ with the Antipodean actress.

Karl Largan, poet: inspirational tribute poem about the late African-American baseball player, Leroy ‘EverReady’ Roberts; and his short poems, the touching ‘Ghost of A Man’ and the funny ‘Haiku.’

Kat Sumner and Leighton Pennington, musicians : powerful, punchy, bluesy vocals  accompanied by the Latin verve and spot-on chords of the guitarist; a great debut for the duo and ‘going out with a bang’ end to our first ‘Creative Fusion’ soiree.

So, thanks to all: Mark Henderson, a natural raconteur and brilliant MC, to Jenni and Georgia, our youngest members, who decorated the walls with phrases of what New Year meant for us, Edman for displaying samples of his stunning ‘organic art’, the performers, the lovely audience and the staff of The Globe, for providing a congenial ambience and legendary curry. Also to Nicola Worswick, founder of our group, and jointly, the charitable organisation The Life You Choose‘, formed to support and enhance the lives of adults with learning difficulties and their families. Keep posted for our next event to raise funds for that project.