John uses exhibition for write workshops

Two creative writing workshops, led by writer John Wedgwood Clarke, at Scarborough Art Gallery will explore the world of the current exhibition Fears, Foes & Faeries.

The workshops will take place in the gallery from 10am to 12.30pm for eight to-15 year-olds and 1.30pm to 4pm (adults) on Saturday April 14.

Grim Tales is the foucs for the children and John will explore how to make powerful poems to protect us from what we fear and conjure what we love.

Weird Words is the title of the adult session.

Through writing exercises and discussion participants will use the objects in the exhibition to make poems or short prose pieces that explore the way words can be used as fateful weapons and defences against chance.

Wedgwood Clarke said: “This exhibition is a gift to any writer. It taps into our darkest fears and lightest fantasies and does so in a way that makes them tangible and intimate. It’s packed with objects that people have prized for a power beyond their cash value, curios that have been held close and kept present in extreme, emotional situations. This gives the writer haunting material to work with.”

He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds a DPhil in Modernist poetics from the University of York.

He is currently Leverhulme artist in residence at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences at the University of Hull, Scarborough camous.

He grew up in St Ives, Cornwall, and now lives in Scarborough.