Woodland Walk & Write – Jolkien’s paradise…

After a well-deserved break, Halfmoon Workshops is back with an invigorating Autumn walk & write, set in the mystical, magical landscapes of Moseley Bog Nature Reserve.

Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. He stated that the site inspired the ‘old forest’ in his books, and people come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.

What can the old forests inspire in you? Bring a pen, some paper, and good sturdy walking boots. Expect an hour-long walk, interspersed with a series of quick writing exercises, before reloacting to the next door pub for rsome hearty autumn refreshments, further writing and shared readings.

Cost: £12 per person
12 places available.

To book: email halfmoonworkshops@gmail.com. Payment on advance required.

Workshop led by writer & poet Helen Calcutt.

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CALLING ALL MUSICIANS

Here at Halfmoon we’re always looking to broaden our creative network – meet new people, and make new connections. Come the Spring and Summer we’ll be looking to launch a new series of music and word based outdoor workshops. Blending these two (three?) mediums will, we think, create some very exciting results –  not least make for a very different learning experience – for both participants and facilitators.

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Halfmoon are calling all musicians out there who love words, love the outdoors, and (of course) love music to step up and share your ideas. We don’t have any project plans in place yet –  at the moment we’re just looking to see what’s out there. If you have any thoughts on how a word and music inspired workshop could take shape, then please get in touch. This could include anything from songwriting, to simple musical interpretation of written language –though we’re particularly interested in ideas that push boundaries: such as percussive poetry, or musical translations of verse or narrative.  Whatever you have to say, we want to hear it. We’re equally interested in any general musings, thoughts, or feedback you might like to offer.

We don’t have any preference regarding musical genre or medium – but we do ask that you have at least a year’s teaching and/or workshop experience, enjoy working collaboratively with others, and don’t mind getting a little bit muddy…. 🙂

Fees

Any facilitator position will be a paid one, working on a project by project basis. Halfmoon do not have any internal funding, but we do charge all participants a wholesome fee, hosting a maximum of 15 heads per project. Whoever runs the workshop, gets the money.

Contact

Our usual contact address is out of action. For now, please email our lead writer, Helen Calcutt with any proposals, thoughts, plans, or feedback you may have: calcutt.helen@gmail.com

Please note that applications of interest will close on the 1st April 2014. You can start submitting any time…from…now.

That’s all for now folks

New Year Workshop

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Winter is upon us. The brisk winds are rolling in and the leaves are falling fast. Come embrace the changing landscape and chilly weather with Halfmoon’s Winter Words workshop!

This workshop will investigate what nature means in an urban landscape and explore how it influences people’s behaviour. It will include an easy walk in and around Bute Park, one of the largest urban parks in Wales, and will feature views of Cardiff Castle, the River Taff, and some beautiful flora and fauna. Winter Words will conclude with lunch and further writing at a local pub, Y Mochyn Du.

Date/Time:  Saturday, January 25th from 11am to 3pm
Meeting Point:  Cardiff Central Train Station
Price:   £14 per person, £12 for concessions (students, over 60s)
Boot 2 rating (easy/moderate): This will be a flat walk of just under 3 miles with both paved and unpaved routes.

The workshop will be led by Halfmoon workshop leader, Christina Thatcher.

As always our workshops aim to create an informal, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere, so anyone who loves walking — whether they’re a fledgling or experienced writer — is welcome! There will be a variety of writing exercises along the way so everyone will be expected to bring a pen/pencil and notepad with them. Writers working in any genre, and at any level, are welcome to attend. Hope to see you there!

To book please contact Helen: email@valleyprojects.org

Past and Present – Halfmoon May Workshop

The month of May is just around the corner. What better way to embrace the sultry divide between Spring and Summer, than with a Halfmoon Past & Present workshop.

This will be an easy walk of just over 3 miles, charting the industrial, woodland, park and village landscapes of Aberdare, an important Welsh mining town in the South of Wales. Writers will  walk through the central landscape of the area, exploring the geographical (and personal) juxtapositions between the past and present, childhood and adulthood, histories and futures.

The workshop will conclude with lunch and further writing at local pub, the Gadlys Arms.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18th  from 11am to 3pm

Meeting Point: Aberdare Train Station

Price:   £14 per person, £12 for concessions (students, over 60s)

Boot 2 rating (easy/moderate)

The workshop will be lead by Halfmoon workshop leader, Christina Thatcher.

As always our workshops create an informal, supportive, and inspiring atmosphere, so anyone who loves walking — whether they’re a fledgling or experienced writer — will be welcome! There will be a variety of writing exercises along the way so everyone will be expected to bring a pen/pencil and notepad with them. Writers working in any genre, and at any level, are welcome to attend.

To book please contact Anna: email@valleyprojects.org

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**SPRING** Halfmoon workshop, Into the Greenwood…

Into The Greenwood…

 

With  the days warming, celebrate the coming of Spring with an inspirational outdoor writing workshop at Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire.

This is all about getting into the heart of the woodland, testing both your physical and creative strengths. Writers will be drawing on some text, as well as landscape for inspiration, with readings of extracts by Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling Alice Oswald and Ted Hughes.

All of our workshops encourage free creative expression, and most of the time is spent gathering raw material, discussion, and personal writing. After the walk, writers will have lunch at the Spring Slade Lodge, share notes, and start work on a creative piece. There will also be a chance to read/perform your work at the end of the workshop, although this isn’t compulsory.

This is a great chance to hone your creative responses, with professional guidance and support. Writers working at any level and in any genre are welcome to attend.

Meeting: 10.30am on Sunday March 24th (meeting point to be confirmed).

Cost: £14 (£12 concessions)

The workshop will be led by David Calcutt.

For further details, or to book please contact Anna: email@valleyprojects.org

‘Expectations and Memories’ – Halfmoon February workshop

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With the festive season gone, and a new year ahead of us, join writer, lecturer and Halfmoon partner Christina Thatcher on a relaxed write and ramble over the landscapes of north Cardiff, in Wales. The walk will be based around the theme “Expectations and Memories”, where participants will learn how to use their own experiences, memories, and emotional understanding of place to inspire the writing.  Participants will also explore the history of Taffs Wells, the forest, and Castell Coch, the famous fairytale castle…

As always, the walk will be followed by lunch and further writing, hosted at the Taffs Well Inn. Christina will read some of her own work, and lead a workshop designed to encourage writers to overlay their childhood memories on their experiences of walking through forests, and secret passages of the landscape.

The walk has a number 3 Boot rating, ranging from moderate/easy, distancing 3 miles through industrial, residential, woodland, and village landscapes. The workshop will be informal, supportive, and inspiring, so anyone who loves walking — whether they’re a fledgling or experienced writer — are welcome to take part.

Date: Saturday February 23rd

Price:  £14 per person and £12 for concessions (students, over 60s)

Meeting Point: Taffs Well Train Station

Time: 10am to 3pm

For more details, or to book, please contact us: email@valleyprojects.org